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Most of all it is is Dept 56 along with a LGB Train. My Dad has been collecting for the past 15 years and it keeps getting bigger every year. A lot of the pieces have been retired and some pieces are pretty rare.

There are two trains and one of them is a Candy Train filled with Nuts, Jelly Beans, etc. When kids come over they are always excited to get something from the train. Near the end of the train there are several large candy cane poles that are loaded on the car like logs (about 9"x1"). One year someone brought their kids over and we allowed them to get candy out of it over and over. Later on their way out the door they wanted to hit the candy train one more time so their mom said go ahead but only get one piece. The next thing I know the 6 year old is walking out the door with one of the Large Candy Poles that was secured pretty well to the train. I just smiled and let him walk out the door with it. Little did he know we have been using the same candy cane poles for the train for the last 10 years. I am sure he did not mind though.

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What an exquisite display! Does he leave it up all year, and if not, how long does it take him to assemble it??? I assume the tables are custom made due to their shape, but what size are they...and how tall? They look like they are "kid height" due to the door handles behind them! How tall is the tree behind the tables?

Now for the really BIG question....Where does Daddy live???Does he take appointments to view his village....or can we just drop by when we are in the area???

PS: Tell Dad that I'm up for adoption....:laughing:

Thanks!

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It takes a few days to set up and we start putting it up around Thanksgiving. It gets taken down the first week of Jan.

I don't know the exactly measurements but you are right, you can tell by the door handles that it is Kid height.

-Richard

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We have been collecting Dept 56 for almost 18 years now. The problem we've run into is an utter lack of space to display it all! ;( For the last 3 or 4 years we've not put it up and I miss it. The last time we did put it up it took two eight foot long folding tables and we were still in need of more table space.

I'm an HO scale collector myself, working on a large basement layout. You've inspired me to take over our dining room next year and do an HO train throughout the village. ;)

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Richard that is just beautiful!! Absolutely breathtaking!! I actually started my own village when a family member of mine bought me a Lemax Village piece as a gift one Christmas. We are probably talking about maybe 15 years ago. I believe the piece was the Gingerbread Palace from Santa's Wonderland Village Collection? I absolutely loved the piece and have been collecting Lemax piece by piece each year since. I used to buy quite a few pieces each year for the Holiday season, but in the past few years I have been running a little low on space to display everything so I have limited myself to 1 piece per year. I purchased a lot of my stuff from different websites but I have been buying it from this one place for the past maybe 6 years, and I just think they are wonderful. I'm not sure where you collect your pieces from, but I've found that they have pretty good deals on theirs, thus far anyways. Their website is <a href="http://www.christmascentral.com">www.christmascentral.com</a>

I cant wait to see what they have for the 2009 collection. :santasmileyitty:

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My dad has been collecting Christmas Villages for years and here is the new set up we had for 2005. I made the platform for him and drilled all the holes for the lights. He did all the othe detailed work.

http://www.holdman.com/christmas/ChristmasTrainSetup

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is there a way you can repost the website or something cuse i tried to view it and it said internet explorer could not display the webpage

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is there a way you can repost the website or something cuse i tried to view it and it said internet explorer could not display the webpage

richardg - I'm sorry, you're only "richardg". You have to be a "richardH" or higher to be able to view the contents of the web site! :P

Actually - it looks like Richard's site is down right now. Try viewing it later.

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richardg - I'm sorry, you're only "richardg". You have to be a "richardH" or higher to be able to view the contents of the web site! :P

Actually - it looks like Richard's site is down right now. Try viewing it later.

Lol. Aww shucks. *Storms out of room* Thats actually a good one Chuck.:giggle:

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