My point is that my jumble of vintage Christmas ornaments and pastel paper houses outdid themselves this year and looked downright delicious.
The paper village was made from a kit by K & Company called Swell Noel Paper Village Crafting Pad. My niece and I put this village together one afternoon after school almost 6 years ago. We cooed over the pastel barn and congratulated ourselves when we figured out how to make the bell hang (from sewing thread) in the church bell tower. It was so much fun.
I would say our best moment was when, after fumbling with tree construction, we gave in and read the directions (gasp!) and realized that the tree branches were supposed to be held aloft and apart on cinnamon stick trunks. Thank heaven I have a well-stocked pantry!
I pulled out a jar of cinnamon sticks and the trees went together quickly. What I liked about this moment was that it showed my niece that whoever planned this darling paper village was creative and willing to do something ridiculous in the name of making it cute. A cinnamon stick is the perfect trunk. It looks like wood, is the right scale and it smells wonderful.
I can imagine that the person who designed this village had to stand behind this idea in a corporate office somewhere. "But cinnamon sticks aren't a household item," they would tell her. "It's too much to ask of the customer to buy additional items" etc. But the designer persevered and they were right.
If it's cute, it is always worth the effort.