The Train {12 Days of Blogging Christmas}

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I’m joining Amber and Erin as part of the 12 Days of Blogging Christmas linkup. Today’s prompt is “Christmas tree/home decor”.

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I’ve already told you how excited I get about putting up Christmas decorations each year. Growing up it was no different; I was thrilled to pull the old boxes out of the attic, unwrap each festive item, and find it a place in our home. My favorite part of all was setting up the train.

It wasn’t just a train, it was an entire town. Not just any town, actually. Since it’s always a winter wonderland and the Claus’ reside there, I think it’s safe to say it’s the North Pole.

This year, my dad passed the train set down to me, and he helped Mr. B and I set it up at our house. It takes up roughly half of our little living room, but it makes the whole house a tiny bit more magical. Once my dad got it running for us and showed Mr. B how it all works, Mr. B and I finished setting up all of the little details.

My great uncle, Uncle Mike, hand painted all of the houses, buildings, and figurines.

My great uncle, Uncle Mike, hand painted all of the houses, buildings, and figurines.

 

Santa and the Misses have a cozy little home right next to Santa's workshop and the toy store.

Santa and the Misses have a cozy little home right next to Santa’s workshop and the toy store.

 

There are so many pieces to the train that we can't use them all at one time. This is what we've got set up this year.

There are so many pieces to the train that we can’t use them all at one time. This is what we’ve got set up this year.

 

The trolley and the working car are on a separate track in the middle. Mr. B set up this cute coal platform along the train tracks.

The trolley and the working car are on a separate track in the middle. Mr. B set up this cute coal platform along the train tracks.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering how Joey feels about this, check out this video on Instagram.

What Christmas traditions are near and dear to your heart?

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  • oh my gosh, nikki, i am so happy that you gave us a close up of the train set. it is so special! i love that it was passed down to you too. such a good tradition.

    • It’s probably my favorite family tradition. I’m really looking forward to sharing it with my own kids some day 🙂

  • I love little mini Christmas villages/train sets!!!! My aunt and uncle have one… I could sit and stare at it for hours as a kid. 🙂

    • Hahaha I can sit and stare at it for hours as a GROWN UP!

  • I love train sets and yours looks so awesome! I’m also having a holiday themed linkup today if you want to join in 🙂

    — jackie @ jade and oak

    • Thanks! Great idea for a link up – I definitely added my link 🙂

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    Love the train, but was super excited to see the glass tree with the lights. We had one of these growing up and it sat on a table behind our sofa, it was one of my favorite things about Christmas. Seeing yours brought back a lot of wonderful childhood memories. Thank you so much for sharing. I took part in the 12 Days of Blogging Christmas as well and talked ornaments. Merry Christmas.

    Keep it Sassy and Classy,

    B

    http://msultimatesophistication.wordpress.com/

    • I loved putting our together as a kid! I feel like they were everywhere 20 years ago…or maybe I’m just imagining that because every woman in our family owned one or two?
      Merry Christmas to you too, thanks for stopping by! 🙂