Each November, as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared away, I excitedly bring out my small collection of Christmas treasures. Even though I have amassed special ornaments from my travels over the years, what I really relish at Christmas is setting up my little village.
As I neatly place the houses and sprinkle the glittered "snow" all around, immediately I feel like a girl again, as if I'm rearranging my doll house or pretending to play in a winter wonderland.
Paper houses with mica snow, these so-called "Putz" villages originated in Germany and were brought to the United States by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Assembled together, they form an enchanted lilliputian land.
Each year, I add another tiny house to my town. In a season of so much red and green, I adore that these little places are pink and key lime green and aqua, a palette more befitting my own aesthetic. If the diminutive houses weren't charming enough, I even have a little gnome made of a pine-cone to ski across the village lake.
What is your favorite Christmas treasure?