‘Tis the season to show your Christmas village, and today I’m sharing mine which is very dear to my heart, because it belonged to my late grandmother ‘Grammy’

This Christmas village is stitched plastic canvas, and its contributors include my grandmother, aunt, and my mother.  I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas spent at my grandmother’s, and this village was there every year.  At least the way I remember it 😉  I remember telling her long before she passed that I wanted this, and my wish was granted.

Lest I go on and on about all the wonderful memories flooding my mind right now, I’ll just share the village in all its cuteness.You can click through and don’t forget to scroll down after you’re done…there’s more!

  • Christmas Villages set-up in my China hutch

Oh, and some lessons I’ve learned about life from a Christmas village…

  1.  Proportions don’t matter when you take a step back and look at the whole image before you.  This includes yourself!  God made you perfectly proportioned just the way you are.
  2. Big and Small, Short and Tall, we’re all important and belong.  The little bunny needs the giant cow to snuggle to keep warm and find shelter or hop on for a ride.  The little Santa needs the little nutcrackers, so they can relate to one another.  The giant Reindeer feed…well, the giant cow can eat that too right!?!  Find those like you, those who have the same hobby, career, family, religion, etc.  You’ll realize you are not alone.
  3.  Your neighbors may be closer than you want and see more than you think.  I do believe the two little houses are quite close and may not always get along, but they’re stuck with each other.  They also look down on the ‘big’ house and see all the things they do and don’t do.  It seems they can look straight into the upper story window.  Curtains are a must.  Especially with giant cows roaming around.   Seeing beyond your view/circumstances is important…and again,  so are curtains. Ask a bigger, taller, shorter, smaller person what their perspective is.  It’s actually quite interesting and funny to talk with a friend about these differences in ourselves.  I’m super tall, and I’ll never forget a few years ago in the Urgent Care office sitting on the table and just watching as I swung my feet as they hung off the edge not touching the floor.  Can you believe my feet pretty much always reach the floor no matter where I sit?  I told ya, it’s funny right!?!
  4. You never know when you’ll need a helping hand.  Those cars seem small for the size of the Christmas trees, and you may need a friend or two to help you load it up or get it home another way.  Always know that one friend with a big truck to help you move.  Please remember, everyone calls that same friend, so bribery is important.  Bartering is not lost in the village of limited resources.
  5. Santa is not dead.  He’s on Mack’s garage right now…go see.  Remember, those who believe…receive.  Believe in all the good that life still has to offer you.  Don’t lose sight of Santa’s reindeer!  Remember that child-like hope and belief in things unseen.  Hope is always there if you keep looking for it.  You’re not a fool for believing-the world needs you to hope.  Ask a friend they’ll let you borrow some! And they’ll have belief in you, too!
  6. Common sense is not so common.  Who the heck thought it was a good idea to ice skate next to the train tracks?  Geez!  And that skier is way too close to the houses.  Danger!
  7. Don’t be afraid to live your dream.  The farmer started the tree farm, just a little modest one to start.  But, he wasn’t afraid to start!  And you shouldn’t be either.  Ellen Wiley (Grammy) started her little craft store, and turns out it’s the only one in the village so she has the whole market!  That worked out quite well…ya never know my friend! See #5
  8.  Church is important to the village, and your life.  You see, there were two churches in the village but I put them together.  Because, we need to work together and build together in the Church (Big C) as a whole.
  9. Be a train.  Choo choo!  Toot your own horn once in a while.  Stop at the station when you need a rest, but keep going.  Pick-up some new friends along the way, but remember many times you will outgrow your friends or they will outgrow you.  It’s okay, some friends are for a time, a little trip along the ride of your life, but then they have a stop to get off at.  And it’s okay.  They don’t want to go where you’re train is going and they have to hop on another train.  Make sure there’s a little bench at the station and leave them with a little Santa (see #5).  Don’t be afraid to open-up and go fast when you have the open track ahead.  Don’t go too fast that you miss the view though.  About 60 mph is decent, right?!  Oh, who am I kidding go like 100 or more if ya can-just a little bit.  Then stop and drop off that friend that’s getting car sick.
  10. Plan for winter.  Oh, the seasons of life.  In the village, stocking the wood pile for winter is vital for survival.  As it is in your life-and pocketbook(I can hear Grammy say pocketbook still 🙂  or if you prefer, your wallet.  You have to plan ahead.  You know winter is coming, it comes the same time every year.  Why are you surprised?  There will be winters in your life, too-plan for those.  Bask in the summer rays, but have a plan for your life so you don’t end-up being the house without the woodpile in winter.  Find the planner in your life to come alongside you.  Planners, share your gift with others!  As the good book says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Merry Christmas to you!  I pray you find the peace and joy Jesus brings!

From my home and heart to yours,

~Tricia

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