Every year since the early 90's, our family has made a "Christmas Village" to display in our home. It started out rather small, with just a single tiny house, and some timy figurines. Over the years, however, it has grown, and now encompasses the vast majority of the space in our living room.
As a result of the village's almost cancerous growth, it was decided that we needed to provide a new "home" for the thing, and the only place large enough to accommodate it was our back porch, so early this past spring, I began the process of transforming our exposed (but covered) back porch into a "Christmas Village Room". A daunting task, to say the least.
I was able (with some help from family and friends) to get the wall up, to separate the new room from the outside, and to get the wall panels and ceiling up, but then tragedy struck.
On the 9th of July, I was involved in a motorcycle accident. Someone in a large white pickup failed to see me, and pulled out of a side road, directly in my path, giving me nowhere to go, and no time to react. I hit the side of his truck with my bike at 55 MPH, severly injuring myself, and destroying my motorcycle. Needless to say, I was in bad shape.
Anyway, to make a long story short, this put a stop to the rest of the renovations on the room until I was recovered enough to continue with the project, and the middle of November is when I became able to get back to it. So this year, while we have a newer, larger village, it won't be quite as "feature-packed" as we had hoped. But there's always NEXT year! :)