The Celebration of the Christmas Season has begun in the Gator Home. Our combination of the Victorian Series and the Charles Dickens Series of the Department 56© collectibles was completed Thanksgiving morning and the official lighting of the Village was held Thanksgiving evening.
Every structure, all the people, 90% of the trees, all accessories except a skating pond and a cemetery for the A Christmas Carol scene, is from the Department 56 collections. We even use Department 56 "Fresh Fallen Snow" to give the display a winter look.
It is a large display covering homemade tables along three of the four walls in our living room. Sadly for me, I have lost most of my steadiness over my three-quarters century of life and my camera is of the small, inexpensive variety. These sample pictures aren't the greatest, but they will give you an idea of the display.
The first picture is that of this year's focus piece (although most of our visitors consider the Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol scene to be the real highlight. The pieces in it, including Scrooge and Marley's warehouse, the homes of Nephew Fred and Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim's home, the cemetery, and other structures and accessories from the story to be the highlight.
This sample ends with the Department 56 Christmas Tree.