Friday, December 4, 2009

My Christmas Obsession

I have been seeing a TON of adorable crafty Christmas stuff all over the internet this past week and it made me realize that I am just not that crafty of a person. And I'm ok with it. It looks much better if I just buy something that is really cute rather than attempt to make it myself. So, I will just ohhh and ahhh over all the pretty Christmas decorations I have seen online. And go on buying stuff to decorate my house with- Seriously, I'm ok with that.
In fact, these Texas Darlings do have something special we decorate with each Christmas. You could say it is my little obsession. You know, Matt has soccer- I have my Department 56 houses. It started about 12 years ago, when my mom gave me a few pieces. Ever since then, we have added a house (or 2 or 3) each year. I have many retired pieces and special additions pieces that are no longer available. At last count, we are up to 32 homes- yikes!!
I love taking taking the houses out each year and setting them up. Most of the time, we have little collections all over the house. And it becomes a pretty big deal as to where they all go and how to light them all, put them on timers, etc. (I leave that part up to Matt- hee hee!). This year, the kids wanted to help take them all out. As they are made of ceramic and our floor is tile, we had a few minor contusions, but nothing the super glue couldn't fix.
There is something so magical about putting up our houses- I can't explain it- it just is so Christmasy to me.

And when we light them up- ahhh- I just love it!! I feel like a kid again!


And I just love the detail that goes into each of them. They are priceless to me.

We got this set the year that Sis was born- so sweet!
And my newest favorite! The star on top of the manger even lights up.
You know it is Christmas when my houses are out. Just don't be around me on New Year Day- that's the day I have to pack them all up- and that, my friends is not fun.



18 comments:

Keri said...

I love this!!! I was just at a friend's house today that had her own decorations up that she has collected over the years. I don't have anything at all like that....I may have to start a new tradition!!

Oh, and amen to the already put together purchases! I am not crafty and it took me years to be able to admit that without an "I'm sorry" after that. I AM very thankful to all the women who are crafty out there that make my life easier!

Mom said...

They look amazing! I am definately putting mine up tonight.

Kelli said...

I was JUST thinking about how next year I want to start collecting these because I love them and they are something that can be passed down. I love the ones you have...lovely!

Miller Racing Family said...

I love the little villages. My mom always put them up when we were kids. How they bring back great memories.
Have a great weekend.

Amanda said...

Wow 32 houses! Now that's a collection. They are so adorable and the fact that they have so much meaning makes them even more special. Your kids must just love looking at them! Have a great weekend Ms. Texas Darling!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL! I love them. It's so fun to have a collection of your own.

Lori said...

I have a village that I put out on my entertainment center but yours is very nice. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Katie Lane said...

Wow, so impressive!! I love how they light up and how much you enjoy them :)

jenjen said...

How fun! I love all of those little people and villages. I bet your kids just think they are the coolest. So pretty and festive!

I have a few Dept. 56 Halloween things, but no Christmas ones yet. Love yours!

XOXO
Jen

Jan said...

Illinois Grandma Jan is so proud of you for filling your home with Christmas cheer! ;-))))
Thanks for sharing those cute pictures!

Lindsay said...

oo love all of these houses!! I wouldn't have enough space to put them all out but they are super cute!!

Nicolasa said...

I love the village! My MIL has one and it looks great when she sets it up. We don't have enough space to do something like this.

Your pictures are beautiful!

♥ Kenz ♥ said...

These are soooooo cute! One day, I'd love to have a grand piano...and if I did, I'd put a village on top during the holidays.

Your pieces are lovely!

Jen said...

Becca - I LOVE them! Beautiful! I wish I had flat surfaces available to do this with, but I've had little kids for too long - maybe soon! They look stunning all together & all over the place! (and the crafts? I have no time for them, and am not all that good at them, and yet I keep buying stuff to make & the list just gets longer!It's starting to stress me out!)

schwadette said...

LOVE your collection of houses... so fun and festive. I have the Dickens Village from dept 56 and just this year started putting a few pieces out. I love the little manger you have... complete with light up star! :)

Xazmin said...

I love these! My parents do a HUGE Christmas Village, and I'm so excited because it's been a couple years since they've had it up, and they're doing it again this year!

jennykate77 said...

I LOVE your little houses!!! They are so pretty. I especially love the one that says "Jenny's Corner Book Shop"...I would love to live in a place that looked like those little villages!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

I bet your house is beautiful at Christmas with all of these home decorations everywhere! My mom collects these kinds of houses, as well...but not nearly as many. ;)

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