– THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED –
Congratulations to Shawn Kennedy from California, the winner of our Department 56 Dickens’ Village giveaway of “Russell Street Books”! Thank you to everyone who entered.
No winter doldrums here! Read on for your chance to win our Department 56 giveaway, the Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books.” Along the way, snag some great Department 56 winter display ideas.
RUSSELL STREET BOOKS
Department 56 village artist Barbara Lund designed the Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books” for debut in 2019. Hence, Bronner’s was one of only three retailers delighted to host Barbara for a signing of the limited edition piece before she retired at year’s end.
“Russell Street Books” reflects the architectural details and old-fashioned warmth of a Victorian England bookstore. Barbara’s father and retired village artist, the late Neilan Lund, originally brought the idea of Dickens’ Village to Department 56 in the mid-1980s. He taught Barbara the art of design when she joined the company just a few years later. In fact, “Russell Street Books” gets its name from the street the Lund family lived on for many years!
ENTER OUR DEPARTMENT 56 GIVEAWAY!
To enter to win our Department 56 giveaway, “Russell Street Books,” simply leave a comment at the end of this post. In your comment, name a book you are reading or planning to read this winter. We will accept entries (U.S. only) through January 27. Then we’ll randomly select a winner and announce it here and on our other social media channels January 28. (See complete rules below.) Good luck to all! This is a great village piece to display throughout the winter months and is signed by Barbara Lund!
D56 DICKENS’ VILLAGE DECORATING IDEAS
In fact, Department 56’s Dickens’ Village lends itself to display not only at Christmas but all winter long. Department 56 village pieces on display bring light and warmth to your home during a cold and dark time of year.
Not to mention, your village display doesn’t have to break the bank. Even one village building in a thoughtful tabletop display catches your eye and warms your heart.
For example, I set up a simple 4-piece Dickens’ Village display atop our bookcase each fall. It’s on display through Christmas and all winter long. Undeniably, this village endears itself to lovers of literary works, especially those of Charles Dickens. So it seems so appropriate at our house that our limited display graces our bookcase.
The love my girls and I share for literature and old-world charm was evidenced by many bookstore shops and library stops on our tour through Europe. You can follow our “Libka Girls Take Europe” series to follow the fun.
DICKENS’ VILLAGE FOR YOUR KITCHEN
In the event you’re looking for something for your kitchen or dining room tabletop, Department 56 has a piece for you. A single piece from the collection with accents is all you need. I chose to showcase: “Joseph Edward Tea Shoppe” and “Holy Family Church.”
Department 56 lights its buildings a few different ways. “Joseph Edward Tea Shoppe” is lit with a removable electric cord and bulb. In this case, you can simply replace the cord and bulb with a battery-operated string of 16 white lights. That way you have no cord running from your kitchen or dining room table to a wall outlet!
However, I needed to come up with a clever way to hide the battery pack and excess cord. A complementary white and gold mug came to the rescue! In addition, it elevated the building.
“Holy Family Church” comes with a built-in LED light and cord. However, it can be displayed cordless with battery-operated candles, etc.
Love D56 year-round?! If so, you may enjoy these other posts sharing home decorating ideas for seasoned or new Department 56 collectors:
- Department 56 For Fall, highlighting a cozy Apple Barn boxed set and Day of the Dead decorating idea.
- A s-MASH-ing idea for Halloween, featuring Department 56’s Monster Mash Party House and even more books!
- Full scale Halloween village display ideas from Bronner’s and our friends! (Also including tutorials for a DIY chicken wire cloche and slime waterfall.)
- A smaller scale Department 56 shadow box idea for enthusiasts-not-yet-collectors.
ENTER OUR DEPARTMENT 56 GIVEAWAY!
Comment below and tell us what book you’re reading or plan to read this winter to be entered to win “Russell Street Books.” The contest runs through 11:59 p.m. January 27, 2020. Winner announced on January 28, 2020.
Rules for Department 56 Giveaway
To enter, leave a comment below letting us know what book you are reading or planning to read this winter. No purchase necessary. One entry per person, Bronner staff and immediate family not eligible. Entries (U.S. only) must be posted by 11:59 p.m. January 27, 2020, to qualify. We will select the winner at random and announce them January 28, 2020. In conclusion, Bronner’s will award the winner the Department 56 Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books” signed by Barbara Lund!