This is my favorite Christmas tradition — setting up my mom’s vintage village of skaters, skiers, and farm animals.
When I was a kid, my brother and sister and I would set it up and assign names to all the people (I am the skater in the gold dress, gliding by on one leg). And sometimes we would walk past and just “accidentally” knock over our sibling’s little person.
I don’t do a tree anymore, but I do set up this village in a china cabinet, where the lights illuminate it perfectly. I leave it up through January, and sometimes, it is the only winter we get! 🙂
Very nice! Blessings Always, Mtetar
Thank you! When I was younger, I identified with the skater girls – now I identify with the little old lady with lots of animals! 🙂
You are always welcome. Your posts are always of great info. Blessings Always, Mtetar
Growing up, I vividly remember the mirror/skating rink and all the figures and bristle trees. I wish they would have remained in the family….sigh…………..
Yes, these were my mom’s and we put them out every year. I don’t always put up a tree, but I always put these out somewhere!
We had a mirrored skating rink diorama, too! The figurines “skated” around on the ice by some magic of magnets. Oh, I loved that thing.
We didn’t have any magnets, but our skaters were very active – each one was named after one of us, and we used to like to sneak in and knock each other’s skater over, or make a girl skater skate with a boyfriend! The joys of Christmas!
I guess I’m getting very sentimental. Seeing these brought back so many happy memories that tears got pushed up and out of my eyes.
They capture my favorite parts of Christmas!
Those are lovely!
Say, did you see this book is coming out tomorrow? I want to see reviews. I think my library is getting it in, and if so I’ll check it out asap. But I may also ask for it for Christmas. Let me know if you see it and have opinions.
No, I looked it up after seeing it in your comment and it looks very interesting! I have read Stephen Yafa’s book Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber, and I learned a lot from it. I have the sample of Giorgio Riello’s book Cotton too, but have not sprung for it yet. But this one sounds great!
I need to get over to the library and re-up my card. Then they’ll let me reserve it, if it isn’t in already. Maybe I’ll do that today… Will let you know what I think.
I definitely have a soft spot for miniature villages/scenes. I like the mirror images of those skaters! Jane
Thanks, I loved zooming in and seeing details I can’t see ordinarily!
I had never seen anything like this….very cool. Thanks.
” we used to like to sneak in and knock each other’s skater over” hysterical.
Even now, if I am on the phone to my sister during the holidays, my husband has been known to yell, “She just knocked you over!” 🙂 Aah, jokes that never grow old.
These are the best Christmas ornaments EVER! How lucky you are to have them! The skaters are my favorites, too, even more so now that I know how your family had fun with them. In my next life, I think I’ll be a really good figure skater . . . .
Yes, my skater has a very short gold dress and she is twirling around – it would be great to be able to wear a dress like that but I will have to wait until my next life to do it! 😉
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