What started out as a small collection of Precious Moments figurines, evolved to include Santa dolls, nutcrackers, snow globes, Christmas village pieces, and finally all things Christmas.
At first, many of these collections were only seasonally displayed, and packed in boxes for ten months out of the year. But as the volume of pieces in the collections mounted, and we ran out of storage, it became apparent that we would have to rethink our display situation.
The solution was to leave the pieces out permanently, making our den a year round Christmas room.
A particular challenge was the Christmas village. Every shelf was already filled. There was no room left to fit several large houses. And even if we tried to make space for the village, we had no single place large enough to put them together as a group.
I ended up building a shelf above a window to fit everything on. And with some thick sheets of polystyrene and lots of batting for snow, everything was in place to house a permanent snow village. A clear light rope was strung around the shelf, just under the edge of the batting. This gave everything a nice magical Christmas glow.