I am currently building my layout, a small 3.5 x 6.5.   Early on I planned to have it set in winter.  I didn't want it to be Christmas themed.  

Here is how it currently sits as of last night:

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Last night I dug up some old photos of a Christmas layout I did back in 2006.  I really liked this layout and wished I had kept it around.   Now with my current one, I could have it Christmas themed all year around.  

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So should I Christmas it up, or keep it just winter?


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I keep on planning on a Year Round Winter Themed Layout, with sprinklings of Christmas Through Out. Perhaps you could look into doing something like that. That way it isn't all Christmas All the Time, since not everyone is a big fan of Christmas, though ultimately it would be up to what you want to do.

Either Way, that looks like the concept of what I would like to be able to do, but alas I currently don't have the room or the time right now for it.

Perhaps my approaches here may be something to consider.

In these layout efforts of mine, I expressed Christmas, even the Wintery effect, as purely temporary, portable arrays of details. That is, the decorations on and around buildingsIMG_1483 IMG_1490IMG_8620_edited-4IMG_8675were removed after the Holidaysphoto 2aaaphotoabc; the parade,parade in my imagination ("generously" applied photo 1holidayparade and handiwork is something of a "Macy's Thanksgiving Day/Rose Bowl-type parade," ehhIMG_0438which was removed or changed in its expression over the years; even the snow on the rooftops photo 2B [2)was glued permanently onto insert-plates and removed afterwards when the layout was converted back to a non-snowy, non-Christmas theme; snow on groundcovers and foliagephoto 3 [2) was vacuumed away.

FrankM

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Greg Houser posted:

You can always build scenery on modules and just swap out after Christmas.

-Greg

You don't even need full modules. You can sub structures, trees, and various other accessories on a winter layout (not to mention the trains themselves) and all of the sudden you have what becomes a Christmas layout for a couple of months or so. After the holidays, change it back to a winter layout.

And if someone builds a really nice layout in O gauge that adheres to that "dual theme" concept, document the heck out of it with hi-res photos; send them to me at the magazine; and get yourself $400 and enough comp copies of the issue the layout appears in to provide a lasting family momento for generation after generation.

Allan Miller posted:
You can sub structures, trees, and various other accessories on a winter layout (not to mention the trains themselves) and all of the sudden you have what becomes a Christmas layout for a couple of months or so. After the holidays, change it back to a winter layout.

Just like at 1:1 scale. 

--pete

 

 

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I think you can mix Xmas and winter year round.  There are a number of layouts built that way.  While corporate policy doesn’t allow this Xmas layout displayed year round, we do take down the big tree and just winter it for a few weeks in January.  

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Great question. Thanks for starting this thread. I love the winter/Christmas layout idea. Friends and family talked me into a summer time for mine. There are suggestions here that I might be able to figure out ways to temporarily "winterize" my layout. I will explore this. It could be fun.

All the layouts here look great. Really appreciate the photo's

Tom

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