Old-fashioned Christmas village on display at Miller’s

| December 6, 2012

COSHOCTON – Wes Morris isn’t just a master milkshake maker. The Miller Pharmacy employee also has a talent for setting up the business’ Christmas village.

“I like to play with it and be creative, but I also want it to make sense,” Morris said.

The village features 22 buildings and this is the third year Morris has worked on the display, that is mostly made up of items produced by Coca-Cola.

“Years ago Coca-Cola sent out a catalog for them and then I also got some from different retailers who would put them out,” said Elise Miller, owner of Miller Pharmacy. “I used to always have them behind the fountain but then there got to be too many of them. For a while I didn’t put them up at all.”

She believes Coca-Cola produced its villages and accessories from about 1992 to 2007.

“I liked them because it makes you remember how Coca-Cola evolved over the years,” Miller said.

She enjoys all the pieces in her collection, but if she had to pick favorites it would be the theater and the two pharmacies.

The village, however, is made up of more than just buildings. It also has a tree farm, several modes of transportation with an airplane, a train and vehicles, people and trees and light posts. There also is a snowball fight scene with snowballs that are actually suspended in midair.

“It took two people five hours to put it together,” Morris said. “If it would have been just me it would have taken a lot longer. You have to make sure the lights function and that your scenes are not cluttered.”

While nearly all the buildings and accessories are Coca-Cola there also are some Hallmark ornaments tucked into the scene.

“Everybody loves it,” Morris said. “People that have little villages at home stop in just so they can take a peek at it.”

The public is welcome to stop by to find the perfect Hallmark ornament for their tree and enjoy one of Morris’ milkshakes while taking in the Coca Cola Village.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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