Most Christmas towns, such as those created by Lemax and Dept. 56, have structures that are roughly 1:48 size (although a hut could be designed on a slightly bigger scale and a lighthouse on a slightly lower scale, so the larger buildings don't dominate the smaller ones). This means they can be placed on top of each other without causing the viewer to feel crowded.
However, some miniature villages such as those made by TLC contain much more detail than most other Christmas towns so they need to be scaled up in size to preserve the appearance of detail. For example, one piece by TLC is about 2 feet high (60 cm) while most others are only 1 foot 3 inches (40 cm) high. Also, some pieces have lots of windows and doors while others do not. A detailed village will also typically have more small objects such as trees and benches which would not be possible to place in such small sizes.
It should be noted that many large-scale Christmas villages are actually based on real places. For example, one version of Santa's Village contains 4,700 buildings based on photographs taken at Christingle Festival in Upstate New York. These buildings were then built up using wood and plastic and put on display for visitors to see.
Also, many large-scale Christmas villages are sold in sets containing several villages with different themes.
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A Christmas village (or putz) is a decorative, miniature-scale hamlet that is frequently set up during the holiday season. The rich Christmas customs of the Moravian church, a Protestant group, are at the heart of these settlements. Each year, thousands of these villages are sold across North America and Europe.
These villages are made up of houses, shops, churches, and other buildings that represent the different age groups who live in the community. Children will love exploring the houses with their parents, looking for Santa's gifts underneath the trees or checking out the lights on the town square. You can find Christmas villages for all ages!
There are two main types of Christmas villages: those that are hand built and then painted by a team of artists (usually not by children) and those that are manufactured by one of several large companies that produce plastic models of towns and cities. The hand built villages tend to be more expensive but they are unique and don't come out with new products every year. The company-manufactured villages usually include some exclusive features not found in the real world and are cheaper but still attractive. Parents should ask themselves what type of experience they want their child to have when they see their village for the first time. If they want their kids to feel like they're walking into a real town at night then the hand built village is for them.
If you've ever wanted to see inside Santa Claus' snug log abode, now's your chance. It was just listed on Zillow with a Zestimate of $656,957 and has rapidly become one of the most viewed properties in the Arctic. The 3,750-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits on nearly half an acre of land.
The property listing describes the house as "rustic modern" and says it is perfect for "a family who loves to ski, hunt, or just get away from it all." It also notes that there is a hot tub on the patio and a sauna inside the home.
It's not known when/if Santa will be selling this home, but if you're interested in visiting it yourself, go ahead and drop by 950 College Drive, East Grand Forks, Minnesota 55021. You can find out more information about the property here on Zillow.
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Many homeowners want to beautify the outside of their homes. Displays range from simple to extravagant, with hundreds of lights and decorations reflecting seasonal themes like Christmas trees, Santa Claus, reindeer, or nativity scenes. This tradition dates back to 1816 when the first Christmas tree was displayed in Hamburg, Germany.
Since then, the practice has spread across Europe and now appears in North America as well. Christmas is a public holiday in many countries including Australia, so most people have time off work to relax and spend with family and friends.
Christmas is a commercial festival that takes place around January 7th each year. It marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the new year. Traditionally, Christians celebrate by visiting family and friends, eating special meals, giving gifts, and listening to carols. Today, many non-Christian people also participate in this cultural event.
In Australia, Christmas begins on December 15th when families start their Christmas shopping. They may go to local markets or malls to find cheap deals on items like cars, clothes, and food. Older generations may also receive gifts during Christmas lunches or dinners.
After Christmas, we move into the traditional period between Christmas and New Year's Day called the "twelve days".