The girls loved their Aunt’s elaborate Christmas Village. There were so many interesting things to see from houses to churches, horses and carriages and even a moving skating rink and ferris wheel.

It’s funny how the idyllic view of Christmas persists as a scene of snow, sleighs and a small New England town. Especially for those like myself, and now my daughters, who grew up and live in California and have never had a white Christmas. Their Aunt, born in Mexico and lives in Southern California. The closest one-horse open sleigh is probably hundreds of miles away.

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