The bookshelf on the left is still a work in progress, but the mantle is done!
The village was a tradition started in our family by my grandmother. She did ceramics as a hobby, and had a beautiful village displayed in her home each year. Over the years she made villages for all her grandkids. I have since supplemented the initial village with a few pieces purchased from the store, but many of the original buildings and people were hand painted by her.