Front door from the inside
We open one a day. I have pictures of my husband, me, and the kids in each window with a short description and the date. Ours is at the top and starts with the day we were married. My son B's is at the bottom. His starts when he was born. Each of my children have their own Advent calendar. When they moved out, I gave them their calendars. I look forward to opening the windows each year.
Fireplace in Family Room
We started out with one house on our very first Christmas and we have added to the village over the years.
Our Christmas Tree
Hubby thinks it has too many ornaments on it! I love unwrapping the ornaments each year. There is a story about each one. When my DDs come to town, they ask me to tell the story about each one. Some belonged to my parents, some were bought as souveniers from vacations, and some were given by friends, or made by my children. I took pictures of each ornament last year. I haven't started yet, but I plan on making a scrapbook with the "story" about each ornament. I'll have to make four copies, but I think it will be a nice keepsake for my children. Also I give a new ornament to my children, sons-in-law, and grandson every year.
I found this train at KMart one year at an after Christmas sale. It was 50% off! It runs on batteries and lights up. The whistle blows, the bell rings, and Santa says,"Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!" I love it! It reminds me of Christmases when I was little, and we went to my Uncle's house. He had a Lionel train set that took up an entire pool table! We looked forward to seeing the train every year. My youngest son was still in Middle School when this train was purchased. I remember that he strapped a GI Joe figure to the caboose and then video taped the train giving him a "ride." LOL