This week I will be illustrating parts to a (modernee-Katieee style) Christmas village. I love illustrating buildings, so I knew this would be a perfect fit when one of our commenters (Liz) suggested it. I thought there was no better way to start the series than with a church. I see it as kind of the center of any Christmas village. If the true reason for the season is the birth of the Christ child, then His church should be the most important building in Christmas Towne.
Influenced by tudor, mid-century modern, and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, this church encapsulates a little from each. When I was a young girl, my family attended a church that was a beautiful A-frame building that I would guess was built in the 50s. To me, there is just something so beautiful about an A-frame church. So though I knew I’d include various layers on the building, I wanted its main portion to be A-frame.
As I studied Christmas villages, I came to the conclusion that they need to be set during the night. This creates the warmest feeling for the buildings—as they will be lit up, and glowing from the inside out. The building is warm and inviting in the cold night air. Exactly as it should be.
From the outside, we see a large dazzling Christmas tree through the window. It must be illuminating the space inside. Makes me want to see it from inside. The size itself would make it a sight to be seen. The cross on top of the church is illuminated, pointing out that it is a church—and the central theme of church and Christmas (what Jesus did for us). I considered putting a manger scene outside the building, but I will concentrate on the manger scene next week (can’t wait!).
So here’s my question for you today: what other buildings would you like to see in the village this week? I have a couple in mind, but nothing set in stone… and definitely not the next five figured out yet. Please do tell!