Tricounty News

Local family ‘Dickens’ the halls for Christmas


By Pat Garry, Staff writer

Eden Valley residents Jerry and Shirley Theis, recently completed a small village construction in their Meadowlark Drive home, and just in time for the holidays. After a couple of weeks of assembling their Dickens’ Series Village, the display stretches across tables and shelves throughout the living room. The impressive and colorful figures include moving parts and 27 of the pieces light up. “I’ve been collecting pieces for years, and it is just for our own personal enjoyment,” said Shirley Theis. Additionally, a New England Series Village adorns the fireplace and features four lighted pieces. According to Mrs. Theis, her collection started out as mostly gift gestures from friends and acquaintances, but has blossomed to a very stirring panorama of an old-fashioned community from Christmas back in the day.

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erry and Shirley Theis posed in front of two of four tabletops full of Department 56 Dickens’ Village pieces. The display will occupy their living room until about the end of February when it will be carefully re-packed and stored in closets throughout their Eden Valley home. That’s when their home will take on their spring décor. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.


A Dickens display tabletop along the Theis’ east wall in their living room. Shirley takes a wire brush to sheets of styrofoam to create the bases of her displays.


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