One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is set up my Dept. 56 Snow Village.

My sweet mother-in-law started it for me with three pieces back in 1990 when Lee and I were first married. Each year, she put great thought into the next piece she was going to add to our Village, selecting pieces that almost mimicked what was happening in our lives. For example, a skating pond and hockey players, as Lee was a former hockey player; a hospital the year we first became parents; a daycare when we had two littles in daycare, etc.

Through the years, it grew to the image you see above and when I finally ran out of room along the dining room wall, our Village was complete! It truly is magical when it’s all lit up at night and I cherish each and every piece!