Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Phase One - Christmas Undecorating

For most of December, we give up the breakfast porch
for this:

The Magical City of Scott

It truly is a sacrifice for the city fills the porch
No breakfasts there, no teas there, no afternoon reading there
It's only the home of the Magical City of Scott

This morning:

It looked like this -
Our village, tiered with a downtown and a residential area

And after breakfast,
eaten in the dining room

We began dismantling:

It's never packed the same way twice
Just fit enough buildings in a bin to fill them

The fluff and accessories and trees
fill out those spaces in each box
And then the box gets lugged down to the basement

The tables are put away (at least the card table and the big folding table)
And the material used to make the tiers gets put away
We use toilet tissue to support those tiers and it's taken upstairs
(Last year we didn't have to buy toilet tissue until July!)

Finally, all the houses are packed away and taken downstairs,
the tables are put back in their places
A good vacuum
(for there's a lot of "snow" on the floor)
And then the room gets a good clean

And tonight we'll have supper once again in the breakfast porch.

Why do we do all that work
(It's a big job to lug all those tubs upstairs, a bigger job to do the "bones"
of the design, and the biggest job of putting all the houses in their places).

For these two little girls.
We want Lucy and Piper to believe that there truly is some 
Christmas magic at Nana and Poppy's!

So far, they believe!


Kathy said...

What a monumental task! But, I understand now why you do it. Beautiful!

Sarah said...

You are giving these little ones a magical gift. They will forever remember these times. I say that from experience. I visited such a display as a child, and it's a memory I treasure to this day. One year when I was teaching, a friend of the principal at my school had an amazing collection of these homes. Like you, she created amazing villages throughout her home. One year, she invited the entire school to view them. Yes, all 800 students and their teachers walked single file out the door of the school, across the playground, through a wooded area on a foot path to a neighborhood, down the street, and into this generous lady's home. It was a magical experience for all and one could see the sparkle in the eyes of both the children and adults.
Yes, you are spending your time and effort wisely. Lucky little girls.
Happy New Year!

Petra said...

It's very beautiful and it will give your granddaughters memories that will last a life time!

Sandra said...

You are amazing to do the wonderful Christmas display and it will be a magical moment that your grandchildren will remember forever! I bet all the adults love seeing it too. Your table and chairs look so pretty set back up for having meals. Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing what you will have to share in 2017.