Twas The Night Before Christmas

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

Poem by: Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem, “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” also called, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822.

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Nutcrackers  awaiting the arrival of Santa. We have the troops all lined up for inspection before the Christmas parade .
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My Nutcracker collection is displayed on the stairs below the garland.

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The Dickens village collection I started twenty plus years back. In this particular picture I have a combination of Lenox, Dickens, and some antique houses in this collection.I have placed two lighted pine trees on either side to balance the village setting. I did decorate the tree with apples and winter berries.

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This year I used the wood panel as my backdrop for the village display. Look closely and you will see red lights intertwined in the wooden panel. My dear Hubby did all the light work which he hooked up to one outlet.
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City hall resides above street level. This majestic building takes prime spot in the village.
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Franciscan Brother’s ring the church bell at very hour. Both the brothers enjoy this part of their daily chores
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Side decoration for the panel with my favourite red berries. A cardinal by his winter home adds a festive flare.
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Christmas Tree
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Christmas Tree  all decked out! Gifts wrapped with care and placed under the tree! 
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Elves have managed to collect all the gifts and are holding them for ransom (most likely for cookies and milk).
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The ladder is placed carefully by the Christmas bin! Once the elves have all the gifts it will be easy to kick of the ladder for a quick escape. If you look closely, you can see one hanging on the tips of his fingers! Naughty as always. 
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This lantern was too heavy for the Elves to move. Safe for now …

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Mr. Nicodemus and Ms. Helena are dressed  for the Christmas Eve ball. Ms. Helena is decked out in her double layer pearls which she accompanied with a plaid skirt, long sleeve wool blouse, and red scarf. Mr. Nicodemus is in his new crop pants, suspenders and a black necktie to match with Ms. Helena.
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Trying out their new sleigh, Mr Nicodemus made sure Ms. Helena had a new satin blanket for the ride to the ball. The reindeers are on a tight schedule! They have to be back for the big night to help Santa deliver presents for all little girls and boys. The mister and missus were very grateful for the ride. 
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Ready for the ride! They need someone to take care of the ladder though.

 

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Ms. Holly Holiday waiting to welcome her guest by the village gate. She is standing on a gold acorn layered with beaded carpet.
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Mr. Snowman has joined the welcome party.
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Still no sign of the Mr. Nicodemus and Ms. Helena.
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Guest has arrived !
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Lady apples and Gala apples with fresh evergreen makes a beautiful arrangement by the fireplace

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Cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer (we have used this Santa’s plate for the past 25 years).

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Kitchen chandelier with red poinsettias  

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A dear friend – Pauline’s village display.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from our family to yours!

 

 

 

 

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