Christmas Village helps recall special family memories


img_2262Her collection began in the 90s, and over the years, Shirley Dance’s Christmas Village has continually grown.

“Like anything you buy once a year for many years, it doesn’t take long to have a big collection,” Dance said.

img_2259Some of her favorite elements are the houses with all of the little details and lighting.

img_2280“I also love the farm scenes, because Clifford was so into farming,” Dance said. “I haven’t had the Village out since Clifford passed away. It was something we loved.”

img_2270Dance set out the massive collection to be part of The Winona Christmas Tour of Homes event.

img_2271Dance’s home on Jones Street in Winona is lovely and has a wide variety of Christmas collections and decorations. What a delight to find elements of the Christmas Village in most of the downstairs rooms. Most people set all of their Christmas Village collection in a room to enjoy in one location, but this year, Dance has small displays of her collection throughout the house.

img_2272In one room, there is a farm scene complete with a red barn and fenced-in pasture with cows and horses. In another room, there are a variety of houses with carolers singing, children playing and miniature vehicles, driving through the snow. One scene has “Christmas lights” on the house and yard display.

img_2264It is a collection she has loved for a long time, but said she is ready to pass it along to family members.

img_2265Dance said she hopes to pass the collection to her grandchildren, so they can start their own Christmas Village collection.

img_2266“Whether it is this year, or in the year’s to come, I hope the grandchildren can enjoy this collection as much as we have,” Dance said.

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This article and some of the photos were featured in the December 22, 2016 edition of The Winona Times.

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