Every year I put up my Dept. 56 snow village... it is a big job and I always say I'm going to skip it, but it's a tradition! They have a cute website you can check out here... http://www.department56.com/content.aspx?cid=VLSV&ms=PRD&msi=59005
When I put it up I always start with cake plates to give the houses different heights.
I didn't have room for all of them so I put one inside the china hutch with my fireking dishes.
Next I start adding snow to the village.
I add some trees too...
and some cars and people...
I got this church as a wedding present 21 years ago! It started such a nice tradition.