The Department 56 community of collectors stretches across the U.S. Last month, passionate fans of the Christmas villages convened in Michigan to celebrate their common hobby. In several weeks, and just before the yuletide season swings into gear, a Department 56 collectors event will take place in Virginia.
The Village Collectors of Michigan (VCOM) organizes four events every year, and they produce at least six newsletters to keep their members updated on all things related to Department 56.
This type of camaraderie highlights the rich tradition of the Department 56 Christmas collectibles, and perhaps no other collection exemplifies this better than the Original Snow Village Series. Modeled after post-World War II suburbia in America, the snow village is one of the most popular series ever manufactured by Department 56.
The snow village series is a vintage collection, offering vintage 1950's-themed pieces such as Kelly's Diner, Sharky's Pool Hall and Bud's T.V. & HI-FI store. For those who grew up in this era, the snow village series will take you on a trip down memory lane.
For those individuals who did not live through the Baby Boom Generation, the Original Snow Village Series offers a glimpse of a proud time in American history, as well as the joy that Christmas brought to its small towns.