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March 2, 2021






This week we feature a building we've had a lot of

fun with this year. Limited to only 2010, this

Department 56, Dickens Village Series #808848,

was released at $75 and is now listed in the

latest "Village D-Tails" at $138. Here is,

Drum roll please -


Candle Shop - Anniversary Edition


This has been the heart of more than one vignette for me.

(especially since I discovered the "Village Candle" company)

What could go better than a few Village Candles with a

Village Candle Shop? I love how balsam-scented jar

candles add a new dimension to a Christmas Display.



A candle is an ignitable wick embedded in wax, or another

flammable solid substance such as tallow, that provides light,

and in some cases, a fragrance. A candle can also provide

heat or a method of keeping time.



Prior to the candle, people used oil lamps, in which a lit wick

rested in a container of liquid oil. Liquid oil lamps had a tendency

to spill, and the wick had to be advanced by hand.



A person who makes candles is traditionally known as a chandler.

By the 13th century, candle making had become a guild craft

in England and France. The chandlers went from house to house,

making candles from the kitchen fats saved for that purpose.



As the economy started to rise, more people could afford

higher quality materials and craftsmanship, leading to a

desire for better candles and specialty shops started to

acquire reputations for candles worth seeking out.



Price's Candles became the largest candle manufacturer

in the world by the end of the 19th century. By the time our

kindly, old chandler had set up shop in our village, his

reputation was such that many came from surrounding

​villages to purchase his incredibly fine, crafted wares.



As the craft progressed, more was learned and understood

about the science of the candle, and many craftsmen would

improve the trade accordingly. As an example, here's the

five zones of a standard candle flame, which led to better

designs of candle holders with reflectors, and more.



This led to many more decorative features, as well

as an increase in functionality. PLUS, it made my

Christmas much more fun. Share the light!





"smor-gas-bord" (noun)

Described as a buffet offering a wide range of things,

​a variety of delectable enjoyments. Whet your appetite,

because starting next week, you'll never know what

to expect here, but you can be sure that it will serve

up snippets of Inspiration, Information and/or Fun!





Mickey "On Patrol" Here at the TVC "World Headquarters"





Lit Village Collectors are awesome and everywhere!

The "Village Video" page is where we prove it.

What comes through all of these selected videos, is the

passion, care and effort that went into each display. This

is the "Essence of Villaging" and you can experience it

in this week's selections by simply clicking below.














The TVC "Village Videos" are a very popular source for ideas,

but there's so much more here. Explore the whole website

and you'll be rewarded with a lot of "Villaging". Actually,

well over a hundred hours worth. All FREE.

"There's Lots to See on TVC!"


OK, It's a Wrap!      C'ya Next Week.






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