Figure 1 - Christmas village house final
We live in a three story townhouse and there is not a lot of excess space on the second floor which is where we entertain guests and have our Christmas tree, my wife’s collection of Santa Clauses and other assorted ornaments that we have collected over 26 years of marriage.
We looked at most of the Christmas village buildings that are available and after seeing what they looked like in real life, it is amazing how different they are compared to the pictures; we chose the Norman Rockwell Christmas Village Collection.
Where too actually put our Christmas village in the townhouse?
After a lot of frustration I decided that we really only had one location and that was a gap that existed between the staircase and landing on the second floor. The gap was approximately 18 inches deep and 6 feet long. Including the banister, which picked up another 1 5/8 inches and with stealing a little space from the width of the hallway I determined that I could have a 2 feet by 6 feet Christmas village display. It would hang-out into the hallway about 4 inches, but that was acceptable providing I rounded the front edges so that we wouldn’t jab ourselves in the hips every time we rounded the corner of the steps.
Figures 2 and 3 shows the top of the platform from the left and right side, that I constructed. It is not screwed to the banister or railings but wedged into position so that it won’t move.
Figure 2 - Christmas village platform with back and side from right
Figure 3 - Christmas village platform with back and side from left
Figure 4 shows the underneath side of the platform as it is positioned on the banister.