2016 Murillo Christmas Village Video


I don’t golf. I don’t collect cars.  So, I learned how to make a village that told the story of Scrooge.  I hope you enjoy my little village video and the pictures.

In 1843, Dickens was the most famous writer in England.  Early that year, he made a strange request.  “Show me the most horrible parts of London.”  He set out with a guide late one night.  He thought he had steeled himself for what he might see. But nothing could have prepared him for the unbridled horror of seeing abandoned children living like animals in sub zero weather.



Scarred for life, Dickens vowed he would strike a “sledge-hammer blow . . . on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.”   He penned a tract entitled An appeal on behalf of the poor man’s child.

When and how the miracle happened is a matter of debate.  Many say that God gave Dickens a special message.  God told him his pamphlet would only have a limited impact but an original story would have endless impact.

Thus he created the sledge—hammer:  A Christmas Carol.


The following are excerpts for Charles Dickens info.com

It only took Dickens about six weeks to write A Christmas Carol.  Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit helped speed up the process.  When Dickens wrote he “saw” his characters much like the way that young Ebenezer Scrooge saw the characters from the books he had read.  As Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol he said that the Cratchits were “ever tugging at his coat sleeve, as if impatient for him to get back to his desk and continue “the story of their lives”.

“Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”   This line appears toward the beginning of the novel.  Dickens included this because of a dream.  He had dreamt that one of his good friends was pronounced to be “as dead Sir . . . as a door-nail”.

The Cratchit family is based on Dickens’ childhood home life. He lived in poor circumstances in a “two up two down” four roomed house which he shared with his parents and five siblings. Like Peter Cratchit, young Charles, the eldest boy, was often sent to pawn the family’s goods when money was tight. Like many poor families, the Cratchits had nothing in which to roast meat. They relied on the ovens of their local baker which were available on Sundays and Christmas when the bakery was closed.



A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843.  Initially six thousand copies of the book were printed.  More copies were ordered after the first printing was sold in only five days.

Why does the story of Scrooge impact me so deeply?  First, it gives me—as well as most who have heard the story—a deep need to help the poor.


However, it hits me just as hard in another way.  It shows the power of creativity with a cause.  It shows us that we can be original without softening the blow of truth.  It shows us that God can deliver a sledge hammer to a corrupt culture in ways we never imagined.



Scrooge rebukes cowardly Christian celebrities who can’t declare the whole counsel God and think it they are being creative when they hide truth.

Scrooge is also a spanking to the lazy preachers who refuse to press in and find a fresher way to deliver timeless truth.  We are not supposed to give out the truth like a cold plate of stale food.

Scrooge reminds us that God stands ready to give us power to pierce a culture with new weapons that are both fresh and effective.





14 thoughts on “2016 Murillo Christmas Village Video

  1. Wonderful! I make my own Dickens village with some of the same buildings, but yours is really inspiring! Love the mountains and waterfalls and the scenes from the book played out. “A Christmas Carol” still makes me cry at the end no matter how many times I see or read it.

  2. Great message. I shared the Dicken’s story the other day to our congregation! Thanks for sharing you Christmas Village Mario. Merry Christmas to your family.

  3. The best thing I ever heard about this Christmas is what you just did again with your message for us
    and that marvelous Murillo village that both encapsulates and exegetes the gift God gave to Dickens both for his own generation and fall those who were to follow. The gift is not outside of us in wrapping paper and ribbon or asking for required reading to fulfill dutiful requested religious responsibility; it is inside of us awaiting our own discovery and comes with everlasting joy to change forever our future.

    That lovely loaded story of what God gave and did for us all, is that same subtle secret disguised as an almost certain sad, small agency of surrender. In the War game we played once together in your brothers garage, you won by hijacking a Red Cross ambulance to take the ground and triumph in the tryst. Who would have thought from the start that He was to win the real war against hopeless odds by invading our lost and dying world as a helpless baby in a stable? He does indeed “prepare a table for us in the presence of His enemies”. Thanks so much my dear friend . It is an honor to be with you in the Battle – Winkie. Fae and Will

  4. Outdtsnding …anointed…impacting… Refreshingly insightful as only your Giftings can deliver them…
    The Words of the Lord through you to a thirsty world that is parched and dry and readied by
    The Lord’s Grace to absorb the truths poured out to quench that thirst….Looking unto Jesus
    Whose Love for us saturates our souls ……thank you Mario

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