Christmas is for all ages. It is not only for children. I have always loved anything about it since I was small. I remember my late mother making different kinds of christmas trees every year. Perhaps this was how I developed my interest in christmas decorations.

When I began working after college, I started to collect Mr. Christmas Santa Claus. In fact I bought one with my first christmas bonus. Through the years I was able to collect a number of them until I could not find one anymore. By this time I had also built up my white angel collection until just like the Santa Claus, I could no longer find any in the market.

I have wished for so long to have my own christmas village but there were none sold in the Philippines then. This desire became stronger in December 2001 when I saw the christmas village of a fine arts professor. I mentioned this desire to a close friend of mine in the United States. He offered to buy for me. This started the craze. The first few items arrived in 2002. I just could not stop buying until I have all the basics that I needed. It took me many years to have what I have now.

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Christmas Village 2003

The five white structures are by Thomas Kinkade, one of the earliest village items that I have. These are collectible items and can be bought only online and shipped one at a time in a span of almost a year. They are hand painted and each item comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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Most of the items, maybe about ninety percent, in my christmas village are by Lemax. There are other brands but I prefer Lemax because of the details in each building. They are more colorful too. Lemax also has many beautiful accessories.

The accessories are what makes the christmas village a “livable” village and not just a group of structures. They give warmth to the village. Much thought was given to where these accessories are to be placed because each setting in the christmas village has a story to tell.

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Lemax village items are now sold in the Philippines. Kaluxe International is the official distributor. About twenty percent of the things in my village were bought from them. It has a showroom at Robinson’s Magnolia, New Manila.

http://www.kaluxeinternational.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Kaluxe/

During the early years of my village, my friend bought sale items from Michaels in California, USA. Since many of the things that I like were not on sale, I eventually purchased directly with Lemax, Inc. through their website. This is how I was able to complete the things that I needed for my village.

http://www.lemaxcollection.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LemaxCollectorsClub/

Happy Holidays!

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