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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

It Just Wouldn't Be Christmas

Posted December 12, 2007 8:23 a.m. EST

It just wouldn't be Christmas at your house without this.  Name the one thing that you do to help make the holidays a little brighter for your family. 

For me it is The Village.  My kids would disown me if I didn't dust off my Dickens Village collection each December.  It takes me a full day to put it all together.  I have several dozen miniature homes and buildings in addition to a battery powered skating rink, village people, trees and even sound effects. 

My collection began on the fireplace mantel but has grown considerably. It now takes up two large bookcases.   The photo shows part of the collection.  I try to add a new piece every year.  Last  year's lighthouse was a huge hit.

All I need now is for Ira David Wood to come bless the village.  Then it will be complete.

What about you?  What is your special Christmas tradition?  Please share.