Posted 3/25/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)
I grew up in a suburb of Vancouver, BC called Surrey. Our house was a 3 bedroom, two storey, with a partially developed basement and one bathroom. The upstairs included the kitchen, eating area, formal dining room, living room and three bedrooms and the bathroom. In the basement was the laundry room, my dad's workshop, a spare bedroom that we used as a playroom, a large open space where we had a pool table and dart board, and then a storage area in the back.
My bedroom was done up in pink...my favourite colour (even now). I had a single bed and headboard with cupboards, a night table and a long dresser, plus a desk and large mirror, all in white. The walls were pink and the carpet was a shag with light pink, dark pink and red in it. I didn't put a lot of stuff on the walls, but I did have some stuffed animals on my bed.
The one thing that was truly special about my house happened at Christmas time. We had a long mantle over the fireplace in the living room, and at Christmas time, my dad put up this detailed 3D Christmas scene of an 1800's village in wintertime. It was built in HO Railroad scale and was approximately 6 feel long - so if you've ever seen the detailed model train villages, you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about.
There was a church on a hill on the top left side of the village, with a wedding party, and then as you travelled to the other side of the scene, there were numerous houses and shops, including a pub, and a pond in the middle of town, frozen over so people could skate. It was all lit up, and there were people walking around the town, horse drawn carriages, tiny beer mugs on the tables in the tavern, ice skaters on the pond and huddled by the "fire" to stay warm, plus deer in the hills behind the town.
It was truly the most magical scene ever...every year, my dad would add something new, or move something around. I wish I had pictures of it, but I don't. I lost contact with my dad many many years ago, while in my teens, and apparently after he died, his wife at that time kept it and wouldn't even let my sister have it, or have pictures.
So, I remember it in my mind and that will have to do. I remember often wanting to live in the village instead of my real home.
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