Someone with infinite patience and love — not I — made this marvelous miniature Christmas house. It comes in a fabric-covered gift box.
Remove the lid and two sides drop down to reveal a warm, cozy scene decorated for Christmas. Fa-la-la. In my story this miniature family has gone to Christmas Eve services while their cocker spaniel stands guard.
I’m astonished by the details that the craftsman put into this unique creation. The upholstered sofa offers plump pillows and a throw blanket. Knitting needles stick out from the green yarn, large throw pillows are tossed on the rug and a gift awaits a lucky recipient. On the coffee table a copy of a Mary Higgins Clark novel lies next to a dried floral arrangement.
The lights on the Christmas tree in the corner twinkle.
Under this tree — bedecked with angels, musical instruments, stars, snowflakes and flowers — are toys, gifts, and nutcrackers.
I Imagine the Miniature Mother placed her fanciest crocheted tablecloth on the parlor table. The Georgian style chairs are upholstered with the same fabric to match the sofa and throw pillows.
The prominent painting, wreathed in garland, features flowers in a vase. The wallpaper stripes, highlighted with gold lines, add formality and richness to the scene. Soon the clock will chime 7 o’clock in the evening.
Another piece of art hangs left of the tree — a blue and gold peacock with images of his feathers hovering around him. It’s perched above the teddy bear sitting in a chair.
This last photo offers a cross view of the home. Look closely to see the crèche on the console table behind the sofa.
Now for the details of our amazing acquisition: David and I found it at an estate sale. When we carried it into Avonlea Antique and Design Gallery, the owner offered to display it on the front counter. People grouped around the Christmas scene and Phil, the Avonlea carpenter, began to take photographs, saying, “I can do that.” I had said that exact statement to David when we found it. It’s one thing to say it and quite another to do it.
But I am delighted that we found this little Christmas treasure.
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Ann Marie and David