Certain Man’s Village this year is the best ever. One of the things I love about him is that he is a man of many, many abilities and there is this artistic side to him that finds expression in little ways that brings order and beauty into our lives as a family that we would miss otherwise. I took some pictures this morning so that I could more accurately show the details.
It is imperative that people understand that my involvement in the village is purely on the observation level Certain Man creates this village and for him, it seems to take on a life of its own. Sometimes people will say to me, “I moved something (of the accessories) in the village. How long do you suppose it will take him to notice?” The truth is, unless it is a HOUSE, He won’t notice. In a village, people and animals move around, and so, it is not unusual for an item to be somewhere that it wasn’t the day before. (The figurines do not become alive at the stroke of midnight, but sometimes it seems like they could!!!)
This is the ” corner view”
To the right of that picture is what he calls the “Wilderness Area”
Here there is a hobo shack (in the middle of the picture), hunting lodges, and an old grist mill.
The train track runs along the edge of the wilderness, and in the immediate front is one of Certain Man’s very, very few “Village 56” items. The Coca-Cola bottling plant went on sale many years ago, and he picked it up. He is quite fond of it. This is the beginning of the downtown section of the village.
On the left end of the village, Certain Man has constructed a “riverfront” development:
And that is the “tour” around Certain Man’s Christmas Village.
Again, we are glad when people stop by and want to see the village. It is always nice to see old friends and make new ones!