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Department 56
Department 56 lighted houses & accessories
are a wonderful way to create memories for young and old alike. The different villages each have special characteristics that draw people to them, often childhood memories. Every year some pieces retire in November and new pieces are announced in January. They usually arrive in August, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of the Christmas season.
The Original Snow Village was the first village, beginning in 1976. These brightly colored, ceramic pieces represent America in the 1950’s and 60’s. They are a larger scale and shinier than the others and are usually not mixed with other villages.
The other villages, grouped together as ‘The Heritage Village Collection’ are made of porcelain and are all in the same, smaller scale.
Dickens Village represents London, England in the early 1800’s. There are several themes, such as formal buildings in downtown London, smaller cottages and shops of the villages of England, and the seacoast.
North Pole Santa and Mrs. Claus have quite a village, loved by all. There are homes and shops, Santa’s Castle, and a red pointy-toed shoe! The elves have their own smaller version, Elfland, appropriate to their size.

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