Does she enjoy all the set up? Well, not as much as she used to. But she does enjoy sitting and looking at her villages all lit up at night. And they do have a magical quality.
Here’s the kitchen counter.
However, after Christmas, she has to take them down, put them in the correct boxes and stow them in the garage for the next year. She used to take several months to do this. This was before Gary and I appeared on the scene, snow-birding in San Diego. We offered to help and she accepted. Here’s the plan: she took some of the un-Department 56 things to pack. Fred, her husband, used to pack and Gary and I ran around to all the rooms, both upstairs and down stairs finding each of the little people, etc and giving them to Fred to pack. 2 days later, it was all done.
I’m not sure that she trusted us to do it correctly without breakage but we were there. Yes, we did it correctly and we had no breakage. However, even though she likes to do it herself, we took a lot of the work off her shoulders. So, she puts up with us.
Today is the day and Tish, her daughter from the East LA area, is coming also.
Here’s the powder room tableau with the bags of empty boxes. Tish’s job: fill those boxes with the little characters, props and then the houses.