This is Sandra Mackee's village. It's her snow village. Snow Village is a type of Christmas collectable like the Dickens Village an others that keep's you occupied year round actually. I mean when you aren't putting the pieces out or putting them away, which can take as much as a month either side of the holidays themselves, you spend the rest of the year looking for pieces that you don't have. Sandra's collection started 10 years ago with a single church. She has several churches in her village now and each one get's special placement.
Sandra: When I build the village I put the churches at the highest point in each setting because that is the meaning of Christmas.
Walt: And there're lots of other aspects of Christmas, too, nostalgia not being the least of them and nostalgia being what the snow village is all about, reminding us of the Christmases we used to know, or NEVER knew personally. Probably some of the best Christmases we've ever enjoyed we never lived ourselves. The ones in the Christmas movies, Holiday Inn, The Bishop's Wife. The one's in the Christmas stories, Dickens's A Christmas Carol and of course, THE Christmas Story.
And then with pieces like the Snow Village you can create your own fantasy Christmas right in your living room. If you are patient and persistent enough to do the hobby and collect enough pieces like Sandra has, to make streets and neighborhoods. Then if this were in my living room I'd make enough time to just sit there and look at it and lose myself in those streets and houses. A new piece is issued each year so it always changes. Elvis' Graceland is this year's edition. You could spend a blue Christmas with the king if you'd like. Or get lost in a smoky, Smoky Mountain cabin. Every year pieces are retired, also. So you have to just luck up on some of the older ones.
The Ronald McDonald house is different form the rest. A new one is issued each year, but they are not sold. They are auctioned off and the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald houses. And Christmas lasts as long as you want it to when you have a hobby like Sandra's. And if all of us would just keep even a small slice of Christmas going all year round, well, I don't know if it would be a better world. But it would seem like it to us individually, anyway.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
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Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.