Symmetrical or ??

I love miniature Christmas villages.  My parents had one when I was growing up and it was so pretty when lit up each night.  My own little village is more simple, in fact, only three buildings so far: lighthouse, church, and bakery.  I love that they use tea light candles in them instead of having to wrestle with wiring.  And, besides, scented candles add to the atmosphere! 🙂

This year Emily set up the “village” on my old trunk with a beautiful tapestry table runner.  The one problem with this set-up is that placing the houses on the runner means that part of the picture is covered up.  So, the question is:  Do we set the houses symmetrically (which makes them sit correctly due to the strips of wood on the trunk’s top) or half-off the tapestry so the picture can be seen (but causes them to sit cockeyed)?  Emily’s decision was to set them symmetrically, but someone else in the house keeps moving the bakery.

All Advent this has been an ongoing tug-of-war:  symmetrical or cover the carolers’ faces?  Emily moves it over the carolers, someone else moves it off.  Since this sets in a hallway, each time she passed, it would be moved!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/48d/18526156/files/2014/12/img_0609.jpg

Emily has been quietly exasperated with this contest of wills and assumed it was Mary Anne because the two of them had talked about it when Emily set it up.  Finally, on Christmas, the mystery was solved.

Emily, “Who has been moving the bakery?”

“Not me.”

“Not me.”

“Mary Anne, have you been moving it?”

“No!”

Mom, “Joshua, have you been moving the bakery?”

“What’s the bakery?”

Emily showed him.

“YES!  Someone keeps moving it over their faces!  You can’t put it over their faces; they can’t breathe!!!”

Needless to say, Emily couldn’t breathe for laughing!  Can’t beat 8-year-old logic!

So, for the record, we have chosen to let the carolers breathe!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/48d/18526156/files/2014/12/img_0610.jpg