In my family I am considered an aberration in regards to holiday decorating.  My grandmother, mother and her two sisters all loved putting some type of knick-knack on every available space.  They had always been decorating fanatics, but after they discovered Department 56’s Villages lighted porcelain houses, there was no stopping them.  It wasn’t enough to buy the houses, they then had to have trees, and people, and props for the people.  And of course the houses couldn’t set on just plain surfaces – they had to create a snowy effect by using white felt cloth or Styrofoam.  […]