This is the first year I can remember that I didn't have a big tree.
But the grandkids were so mesmerized by the train and little village last year, that we decided to make the village the focus this Christmas. (thanks to summer yard sales)
Good news and bad news for Gracie.
The bad news: I took away her window.
The good news: at the mention of 'ears' 'bath' or 'bugs' she has a new and better place to hide... underneath the village.
The tree is fiber optic, and is a lot prettier than the photo allows it to be...
This Silent night waits on two rambunctious 3 year olds who will no doubt move some people around, have Santa slide down the winter carnival slide, and dream of being inside the train as it whistles and blows smoke from its stack coming around the bend.
I want Jake and Marissa to be aware of the Nativity, the dark starry night, and the bright star that told of Jesus' birth.
Christmas day will come to a close with misplaced pieces and a train craving rest. Pretend people will settle into their make believe houses....
And Gracie will once again have her window.