Department 56 is a manufacturer of holiday collectibles. It is owned by Enesco and based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, MN. As you can imagine, I normally have no business with them or any other purveyor of useless decorative trinkets. But if you or your significant other is interested in ornaments or Christmas village collections (you poor devil) or (ugh) Snowbabies.... you have already heard their name. Their goods already sit atop doilies in your home.