I have mentioned before that I never really outgrew toys, right? Well, here's even more proof of it! Yes, this beautiful Playmobil Victorian dollhouse has graced our home for the holidays, proudly displayed by, or near, the Christmas tree for almost 18 years. And it is certainly one of my favorite Christmas traditions!
When it isn't out at Christmastime, it's tucked away up in a closet the entire rest of the year, so you can imagine how dusty it gets. I actually kind of enjoy the whole process of taking it down, meticulously cleaning it (inside and out), and then, the BEST part of all... placing the furniture and people inside!!
The following photos are a somewhat goofy gallery of interior shots (plus a few exterior) just to give you a closer look. Btw, for some reason, I had a devil of a time getting the lighting just right. So if they seem a bit funky, that's why. Enjoy!
|Here is the back side of the house, with|
"handy" access to all rooms and floors.
|These lovely ladies are relaxing in the living room and|
enjoying a command performance by the pianist
on the left (you'll see his piano in the next shot).
|Here is the artist at work, on a piano that really plays!|
(Well, technically, it's just an electronic tune when
you press down on the keys...)
|One of many maids, Sophie arranges place|
settings at the formal dining room table.
|Meanwhile, out in the nearby moonlit forest, a small|
family of deer is seen grazing along the barren, icy floor.
|Jane, the kitchen maid.|
|Jacques, the house chef.|
|Maxwell, the family dog.|
|Grampa enjoys his newspaper next to a toasty fire.|
|Unbeknownst to Grampa, a fiendish|
imposter lurks in the shadows nearby...
|Look out, Grampa... She's right behind you!|
|Between the den and the veranda lies one of the|
bedrooms simply referred to as the Flower Room.
(Notice the detail of the chamber pot sitting on
the floor, next to the bed. Sign o' the times!)
|Out on the veranda, a professional photographer|
takes a lovely holiday portrait of a fine couple.
|Here we see the other bedroom, aka the Red Room,|
and it looks as though we've caught a young couple
just settling in for a nice, long Winter's nap...
|Yet another maid, Louise, ensures that sanitary|
standards are upheld at all times in
the house's one and only bathroom.
(It ain't a fun gig.)
|As we progress up the stairs to|
the attic nursery, we can see both
kitties AND kiddies.
(Har, har! Get it?)
|Like typical children, this close to|
Christmas it's real hard to go to sleep!
Well, folks, that concludes our tour of the Playmobil Victorian dollhouse. Sure hope you liked it! Until next time, I wish everyone a very merry Happy Holiday and a shiny New Year!!
~ All photos property of Anthony See. ~