Is this the week you start decorating for the holidays? Can you imagine having the vision to arrange a village that is this intricate? Look at how the icy steps lead your eye from the children building a snowman at the bottom right, up past the Christmas carolers, on to the church and its nativity scene and then all the way up to the grand building that overlooks the city. The display is enormous - this is just one section that I framed and photographed. I just love it!
My friend's Aunt Pam is the artist extraordinaire that created this masterpiece. She and I see beauty in so many of the same things and when it comes to decorating for Christmas, she is a kindred spirit.
For more than twenty years, Pam has been collecting buildings, townspeople, trees and ice rinks (many by Department 56) with the sole purpose of delighting the eye. A display like this is meant to be seen and I am grateful that Pam allowed me to photograph it so that I could show you. My picture above captures only one tenth of her display, which runs the entire length of her living room and is a multilevel masterpiece.
Now take a moment and study this second picture - the scene from a different angle. If you look way to the top you will see the same grand building and the church just below it to the right...See? That is the same area shown in the first photograph, just from farther away. Now do you get a sense of the scale of her work? I could stand here for hours and let my mind wander. This is a different kind of story-telling, don't you think? Where your mind is allowed to wander through each vignette, gleaning what it can from the visual clues.
In my mind, I walk around this magical little town. I skate on the frozen pond and then buy hot chocolate in the candy store. I always climb the steps to the greenhouse and walk inside to smell the humid air scented with potting soil. I always have fun and I never want to leave.
Sometimes stories are best left in your imagination - you can add to them and change things around every time your mind wanders around a Christmas village. Thank you, Pam, for inspiring us all.