Oh, the magic of Christmas!
The Happy Place Christmas Village Tour
Just bare with me for a few minutes and let
go of the hussle and bussle (even though every
ad, even Pinterest, promises an easy peasy Holiday)
Sit back and enjoy, and even laugh,
as you enter my Happy Place...
It's been a long time since I set out my
Christmas Village for the mere fact that
sometimes I just don't have the energy or time for it.
It 's not the most glamorous,
and certainly not the most expensive,
just very quaint and simple.
Part of the enjoyment for me in setting it out is,
if only momentarily, to turn off the real world
and let my imagination run loose in my
make-believe "Happy Place,"
where all the people, houses, stores, and Church
project a feeling of happiness and genuine goodness.
Inside this warm and happy make believe home,
the couple are preparing to exchange
their sweet and simple gifts.
And somebody gets a piggy back
ride to the mailbox, which I imagine
is loaded with warm Christmas wishes,
and maybe even a few gift cards :-)
This family is enjoying an open air
ride delivering Christmas packages.
I love the little kid all kicked back
with his legs crossed.
No doubt he's glad school is out!
Just down the lane is the Dairy Shop
setting out specialty cheeses,
and maybe some really good cheesecake!
The Carolers outside the
Cheese Shop are spreading
Christmas cheer for all to hear.
Snowmen are being built everywhere...
There's a lot of detail inside the
General Store that you might can see...
And people aren't too busy to stop and
exchange Christmas greetings...
The Church is lovely all decked
out in it's greenery and red bows,
even up high on the belfry.
Can you see the kid riding in the cart?
I can hear this car's "ooo-ggaahh"
horn being blown.
Just outside of Happy Place's Church
is a SAFE play yard for the kids
to ride sleds, ski, and ice skate.
My favorite is the Grandpa, child and dog
riding on the sled.
The Merry Christmas Teddy Bear Shop's
truck is making its way over the
town's covered bridge with the last
delivery of "Teddys" before the Big Day.
In Happy Place, Gentlemen happily help Ladies
with their shoes and skates.
The last house down the lane glows
with a warm and cozy atmosphere
and family is gathered around the table
where there's plenty of food to go around.
And Mama helps bundle up her little guy,
who wants to go riding with friends
in the horse drawn carriage.
As I sit here and proof read this little home spun story,
I'm hoping this wasn't too awfully silly to post.
A lot of us have experienced most of
what Happy Place is all about.
And some of us have not. And will not.
In light of the recent sadness across
our nation, I hope this little magical
Christmas Town tour has made you smile,
if only for a minute or two.
And, as we hug our families extra tight today,
let our thoughts and prayers go out to those
families whose lives are now changed forever.