every year the first thing that comes out of the boxes is the Christmas village for the mantel.
When the kiddos were babies i would take a quiet moment to set it up myself. Last year Caroline helped me. This year i had both kiddos helping.
this village belonged to my grandmother Mimi and it was passed down to me when she passed away…..she loved her village so much….my mom also has a village that goes on her 3 mantels in her home in Vermont….a family tradition indeed!
after i put the houses in place i let the kids place all the people….they unwrapped each one like it was a present.