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Halloween: Did You Know?

Halloween: Did You Know?

Halloween as a celebration is second only to Christmas and seems to be enjoyed more by adults as time goes on. While children have always been fond of dressing up in silly, strange or spooky costumes, adults enjoy getting in on this typically American holiday planning outdoor decorations, hosting parties and setting up Halloween Village displays of all sizes. Halloween emigrated to the US in the 1800s along with the thousands of Europeans who flocked into our country in the...
on October 29, 2018
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The History of Snow Village Hallowen

The History of Snow Village Hallowen

When the Snow Village Halloween was introduced in 1998, we were trying to answer thousands of requests from collectors who loved this holiday where adults and children alike could get a little silly, dress up and go a little crazy, if only for an evening. Collectors were also looking for another holiday where they could create a little Village or tabletop vignette. We knew that Halloween was growing in popularity, with more inside and outside decorating, parties and antics galore!...
on October 22, 2018
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Our Tribute to the Original Village Architect

Our Tribute to the Original Village Architect

Many of you have heard the story about how our Villages came to be, but some have not. In a very condensed version, here is how the Villages came to be: One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed...
on August 24, 2018
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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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