I have two villages. The one was hand-made by my grandmother (who sadly passed away this past February). It is from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" . It consists of Scrooge's house, a butcher shop, a candle shop, a fire house, and the Cratchit's house. The people are Scrooge, a butcher, a male and female caroler, and Tiny Tim. I elevate Scrooge's house on a book or two, and put a fence around it. I also put out some shrubbery around the houses, a few lampposts, and a wooden fence or two. It gets a special spot on top of the piano each year.
My other village is one that I have accumulated from the Dollar Tree over the years. I think I have about 30 houses/buildings in that one. It has more people and shrubbery too.
Expect pics Thanksgiving weekend