More than 20 years ago Karen Lantz-Feith, who was living in New York at the time, received an ornamental building as a Christmas present from her sister.
While she appreciated the gift, she didn't consider the replica of New York City's Chocolate Shoppe to be anything more than a holiday ornament.
"I didn't even know what a Christmas village was," she said.
It wasn't until she visited a shop in Massachusetts that she saw her first village assembled.
"Oh my gosh, it was so beautiful," she remembered.
But her small apartment wouldn't accommodate anything like that. So she just kept …