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Accessories for Christmas Villages!

The word “putz” means to place and to rearrange.  A Christmas putz, by extension, was something that you set out, then continued to “putz with” until it was time to put away.  And the more accessories you had on your putz, the more putzing you could do.  Of course, vintage-looking accessories bring period and authenticity to any Christmas village.

If you have ever had model or toy trains, it might help you to know that most putz houses were closer to HO scale than any other, but most putz accessories were O scale or larger.  In some cases, they were much larger.  but it was all in fun.  In most communities where people set up putzes, Christmas villages, or Christmas gardens (depending on where you grew up), the number of things on the putz was more important than issues of scale or period.

Most of the putz accessories that survived were actually designed to work with electric trains and are desirable to train collectors, which may make their prices today seem prohibitive.

But fortunately, some of those accessories are still being made and are very affordable.  Even better, there are a number of accessories that you can make yourself with relatively little talent and almost no money. 

The following pages should get you started:

As always, if you have tips, corrections, or other comments to add to this section, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Click to see sturdy  Lionel(r) trains that are perfect for your Christmas tree.


Visit our Sister Christmas Pages
Buyer's Guide Pages
Visit Family Christmas Online Click to return to the Old Christmas Tree Lights Table of Contents Page Free plans and instructions for building your own vintage-style cardboard village. Big Christmas Trains: Directory of Large Scale and O Scale trains with holiday themes Classic O Gauge Trains
On30 and O Gauge trains to go with indoor display villages and railroads


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