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When we were young, my brothers and I would’ve gone bananas to know there was a brightly lit house that we could tour ON THE INSIDE as well as view the outside. This crazy house in Torrington Connecticut (see their facebook page here) is definitely worth a visit. In fact I’d venture to guess it may become a national treasure some day. Not only is the exterior ablaze with Christmas love, but inside we toured 3 floors stuffed full of mechanical dolls, trains, and other holiday paraphernalia. The sign at the entrance isn’t lying – there are over 500 mechanical dolls in there (and notice that the number on the sign seems to change). We did manage to find at least one (maybe 2) menorahs in the windows. If you go 2 days after Christmas as we did, there won’t be any crowds. At least, not of people – we did still feel very crowded by dolls!

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mechanical carolers as far as the eye can see..

mechanical carolers as far as the eye can see..

a ceiling Santa overlooks a room of trains and snow village

a ceiling Santa overlooks a room of trains and snow village

the full moon is barely visible amidst the lights at the exit

the full moon is barely visible amidst the lights at the exit

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Some friends of friends were kind enough to invite us out to their home for dinner. I was stunned when I saw this treehouse in their yard – on the edge of the forest behind their house. They had it built for their boys who had since grown up and abandoned it – but I still had to visit it and let my kids climb around. I have a fascination with tree houses – and have since I was about 5 years old. I think I’ve never forgiven my parents for not building one in our backyard while I was small (and begged for it incessantly) but now that I’m old enough to understand what it would take to build one – that intense desire to make something safe but magical for your kids, and then have it be abandoned so quickly … I can almost understand why tree houses don’t get created often enough. This one was high high off the ground – and together the kids and I fantasized about how we would finish off the interior with books and wallpaper alla the ‘Magic Treehouse’ book series. If only we could ..

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