Thursday, December 3, 2009

Riots in Rockwell’s Dept 56 Christmas Village

You have God like powers when you set up those little ceramic houses for your Christmas village on your table or under the tree. One switch and you cut off power to a whole town! Should you choose, a little ceramic villager would be banished from the town for ever. Drunk with power yet?
I had the honor to set up a little ceramic dept 56 style village on a table complete with sheets of fake snow and down to even shrubs. The picture above is a shot taken by Ann (Thanks again for letting me play with your village!) after I set it up for her.
As the time passed while I was assembling the village I got a little over the top thinking about the community I was assembling. I had to ask her about what the main export of the village was, how they supported themselves. Then I thought about zoning… would people want a commercial enterprise like a bakery or antique shop next to a residential zone?! The town apparently has funding problems because they do not maintain the roads well… they are covered in snow.
Then my mind drifted toward thinking about the townspeople. This gentleman who delivers Christmas trees with his cart… what is his business during outside the holiday months. He obviously runs bootleg moonshine. In front of the Inn his wife is meeting another man for a rendezvous. That other man is a drinker, (the figure seems to fall down a lot) but he does pay attention to her more and makes her feel special. Little Jesse is a difficult youth, who pelts everyone with snowballs… and doesn’t play nice with his toys. A little girl is sitting next to the ice rink. Her mother is going to sue the town because her daughter fell down on a poorly maintained ice arena. The man who runs the antique shop has faulty wiring due to poor patch jobs, neglect, and jerry rigged electrical outlets… and he never shovels his walks or maintains his grounds.

During Thanksgiving vegetarian protesters marched around the tiny little ceramic village park trying to convince people to leave turkeys alone… I haven’t seen the little Christmas village in a few days, but I’m assuming there may shortly be looting and riots due to unemployment rates skyrocketing and the village bakery being a monopoly food supplier deciding to profiteer by charging ten dollars a loaf of bread. (Do the people who make ceramic villages make ceramic national guard troop figures and equipment? We may need to send them in an declare martial law at some point… I‘m thinking I should get her at least a little ceramic tank that‘s equipped with ceramic tear gas launchers ) Yeah, I got a bit of an imagination. (Next time I visit I may bring a plastic Godzilla figure with me to attack the village!!!)
We get to at least have a large part in building the ceramic villages of our own lives though. While we may not foresee everything we get to pick to a large part of what goes on that table or not. Moreover how it’s organized on that table too. I may need to do a bit of maintenance, as some of my figures have fallen over… regaining smoking or loss of watching what I eat. Perhaps that dusty “gym” ceramic house needs to get cleaned up and back on the table. I may need to plow my roads. Moreover, rezone the bakery… or shut it down due to levied back taxes? My caloric tax budget definitely… well lets just say there is a lot of pork in my spending? My own little village is almost at the point where I need to declare martial law.
AWARD! Foolsfitness has been awarded the “Superior Scribbler Award” Thanks to Katie J It has some rules but I have a huge inability to follow directions. Moreover the thing that is curious to me is if they are awards, it doesn’t seem like you should have to do so much… it’s like having to buy stuff to get a “free gift”. I do thank her. I do also have my own “Foolsfitness UNcommon Sense Award” (with no strings attached) in the works to give out hopefully soon…
Rettakat suggested (challenged?) a “Toon Tuesday” post… I thought I’d post this for fun. My drawing started on paper and was colored digitally. It’s loosely inspired by a comic called “Mouse Guard” I was reading lately.

I guess I was thinking how I’ve been feeling that I am facing some pretty large foes… and if you’re a mouse against a monster )or turkey?) you’re going to need to bring a matchstick cannon! (Click on the image and again and it might get bigger. Or not… haven’t figured out image sizing yet.) Oh, consider visiting her at and congratulating her on her recent 100 pounds off mark!!! WOW!
Making Cute Ceramic Christmas villages frightening is just the Foolsfitness way!- Alan


  1. I don't know why Alan,but I just love reading your posts. I have always noticed there is a court house in those things, but no jail.
    What to do with the rioters???
    Maybe we'll find out in installment two...countdown to Christmas Chaos...when fear gripped Christmastown. Your mind meanders the same way mine does.
    Do you mutter to yourself in public, I do.

  2. I just don't know how you think of such things. You are so clever and funny. You know I just realized that I follow your blog, but you don't follow mine. worries...I am always happy to follow--especially someone like you! Have a blessed day! Hope that the villagers can recover without resorting to martial law.

  3. You wrote "Yeah, I got a bit of an imagination."... Ya think?! LOL!!

    I love the determined expression on that mouse's face! And his matchstick cannon.. too funny. You did a great job at that digital coloring. You must have a good program... Corel??
    Glad to have you back, wild imagination and all!

  4. Alan, I love your *over-the-top* way of thinking. You are truly unique and it's just wonderful to come here and get a glimpse of Foolsfitness perspective.

  5. You have quite the imagination! I'm just glad you didn't include a little ceramic bordello.

  6. When I set up my Christmas village houses this weekend I'm going to have a whole new perspective of that little town! I'm a newbie to your blog and I'm really enjoying it. :-)

  7. Oh, I badly want my own ceramic village.

    I'm loving Toon Tuesdays! Even though it's Friday. You two battle away so I may enjoy. :)

  8. Great post Alan, I noticed that you restarted your "who comments most" list and I've fallen, boo hoo lol. Guess I need to work harder to get back my status huh? I wish I had a little Christmas village to build. Loved your little award picture too.


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