My mom set out the village every year, the ceramic kind, houses with twinkling lights and skaters that twirled around on the miniature ice rink. I have parts of that set now and the kids like arranging it every year.
The first day of Advent was building our Lego Village. I love this new take on the traditional Christmas village and with kids into Legos, it's more our style right now. Last year we bought Winter Village and Bakery and this year we added the Winter Market. Jake is the one that builds them, the boys help but with over 1,000 pieces they tend to lose interest. I just love watching it all come together.
Last year's video tour:
This year's video tour (it was my idea to have the line for Santa):
Another item on the Advent calendar- going to see Santa!
With all this merriment going on, my house looks like it got ransacked by elves. Somehow I will get the energy and motivation to clean. Maybe Elvis, our Elf on the Shelf will help me out.