Woman opens miniature Christmas village collection to public

Donna Lavares, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2019 09:18 AM

Miniature Christmas village collection

Miniature Christmas village collection

Miniature Christmas village collection

Miniature Christmas village collection

A 65-year-old woman from Cebu City is opening her home to the public who would like to see and take pictures of her Christmas miniature-scale houses she personally collected over the years.

Nenette Paulin’s Christmas village is displayed inside her home in Barangay Sambag Uno. Each one has a story to tell.

From skiing miniature men to carousels, Santas in moving tea cups— this lit menagerie of Christmas houses stand tall on painted white laden tables for all of her family, friends and anyone to see.

"If you really want to put up a Christmas village, you don’t have to start it big right away. Every year you buy something new and it becomes very fulfilling that through the years, you'll be able to multiply it. You just have to take care of the pieces," Paulin said.

Nenette's fascination in collecting Christmas houses started in the year 1954. At the beginning, she only had five pieces. Now, she owns almost 60 Christmas houses, train collection, and other Christmas decorative pieces.

She personally bought most of her collection during travels abroad. Some were given by friends and family who live overseas.

The theme for her Christmas village this year is white and traditional Christmas.

"I want it white this year, no red for the meantime, because my mom just passed away. When she was still well and energetic she would help me set up the village. At night, we will see it lit together,” she said.

Aside from the Christmas village, another attraction at Paulin’s home is her collection of the nativity scene.

To go with the theme, her giant Christmas tree is also well-decorated with white Christmas balls, snowflakes and white stuffed squirrel toys.

Also a must-see inside her home is her mini- Nutcracker theater in which ballerinas would dance to the music.

She said her Gingerbread figurine collection at the corner of her house is something new this year.

"When you love something, you have the passion to do it, it's not complicated, it's not tiring, you enjoy doing it," she said.