Down in Christmas Town


Aside from the fact that that duck is almost as big as a house, this is a great little village.

Aside from the fact that that duck is almost as big as a house, this is a great little village.

At the beginning of the month I wrote about a wooden toy village that I remembered playing with as a kid. The memory of it came to me out of the blue while I was waiting for the bus one day and was so sudden and vivid it seemed worth writing about. In the post I theorized about whether the toy set still existed in the family toy collection and about where it might might be if it did.

Although I was curious about what had become of the toy village I didn’t give much though to it after writing the post. At least, not until this morning when, while opening gifts, I discovered it in a package from my parents. Inspired by the post my mom had gone looking for it (turns out I was pretty close in my guess on where it was) and decided to send it to me as a reminder of my childhood.

I wanted to play with it right away.

The Curmudgeonly Lion reminded me I still had other gifts I needed to open.

The rest of Christmas morning was lovely. The rest of Christmas was lovely, for that matter: we Skyped with the family members back home in Chicago and were blessed with an abundance of wonderful gifts from friends and family alike. For all my talk about wanting for nothing it certainly was fun to have some surprises to open. The Curmudgeonly Lion surprised me with some office supplies, which are some of my favorite things (no really, they are: I’m not being snotty or ironic). I gave him some gift cards and a craft project that I’d been developing for most of the fall (and by “developing” I mean “thinking about getting around to”).

It was a laid back day. We got some fun treats like fancy salts and olives and sweet pickles and flavored teas. We watched some TV and some movies and ate a nice dinner. And, of course, I had to set up the toy village. The set was much bigger than I’d remembered- probably three sets that had been jumbled together including a zoo and a collection of farm animals as well as the houses and church. I couldn’t believe how small the pieces were. The more I saw the more I remembered.

I have pretty much accepted that I’m a grown up by now (although I’m also still fighting it tooth and nail… adulthood is a very uneasy truce) but it’s amazing how much I still love toys. It was great to have a Christmas with fun again even if it was far away from family and home.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on December 25, 2013.

One Response to “Down in Christmas Town”

  1. It appears that the “little town of Bethlehem” has found a wonderful new home : )

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