Department 56: National Lampoon Griswold Family Tree

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One Christmas evening a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town As they rounded a bend in the road they saw the small old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays The lights like fairies glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow All evening the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born That spark of an idea became a reality when in 1976 Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted ceramic buildings The rest is history

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