From the Desk of Ms. Lit Town

2018 Limited Editions

2018 Limited Editions

Collectors tend to get really excited when they hear, “Oh, that’s a limited edition.” Why does that get your blood pumping and your heart racing? Is it because you know that there will only be a set number of pieces cast and sold? Or perhaps it’s the love of the chase, calling and visiting various retailers to find a source that will have one for you. In a recent online (and very unscientific) survey of collectors we learned that most...
on August 15, 2018
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Spotlight on Artist Scott Enter

Spotlight on Artist Scott Enter

Village artist Scott Enter has designed hundreds of Village lit buildings, accessories and general animated pieces since he started working at Department 56 in 1990 as a photographer. His first design project, The Original Snow Village "Greenhouse" (56.54020, 1991-1995), was planned as an accessory but Scott, who loves to tinker with technology, figured out how to make it light. Scott can be credited with upgrading numerous additions to The Original Snow Village, Snow Village Halloween and other Villages over the...
on August 07, 2018
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Icons in the Village

Icons in the Village

A lot of what is produced for the Department 56 Villages is the result of research, gleaning ideas from the internet and the fertile imaginations of our Village artists. Villages like the North Pole (nobody's actually been there), Mickey's Merry Christmas Village, and the Grinch Village all are easy because they have no guidelines to follow. But recreating a Village that represents Main Street America in the 1950's and 1960's (The Original Snow Village) requires much more. The artists at...
on March 08, 2018
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100 Greatest Gifts of the Century

100 Greatest Gifts of the Century

As many of you may already know, Department 56 has been in gift business since 1976 when The Original Snow Village was first introduced and since then we have developed other Villages as well as many giftware lines that are popular among our collectors. It seems like a long time to us, but there are other companies who have offered giftware a lot longer. Recently, “Gifts and Decorative Accessories” magazine, a leader in our industry came up with a subjective...
on October 19, 2017
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Santa's Big Catch

Santa's Big Catch

Ever wonder how Santa spends his “off-season”? Like many of us, Santa does get a little down time to pursue his favorite activities – hunting, fishing, and gardening. And after all the years he’s been in this business, he’s entitled to a good long vacation! With his busy fall and winter schedule the jolly old elf does find time to get out and enjoy a little fly casting and trout fishing at some of his favorite fishing spots. Christmas Lake...
on August 11, 2017
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” first released in 1993 has, over the years, acquired a huge cult following of fans of both Halloween and Christmas. Creator Tim Burton, a Burbank, California native expressed that “anytime there was Christmas or Halloween, it was great. It gave you some sort of texture all of a sudden that wasn’t there before.” It never left him.There was always a thought in the back of his mind to expand on the dual theme.1982 Burton, who...
on August 07, 2017
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