Labor Day Tent Sale!

It’s almost time!  You wait for it all year, now it’s only two weeks away.  Everything in the tent will be 40% off the marked price – great bargains on gifts and Christmas decorations!  Shop early for the best selection, but the tent will be up all week .. unless we run out of goodies!

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~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. While you’re here, be sure to look at our 2015 Christmas trees – free shipping on all trees purchased at the store – take advantage of the savings!

First Look – Musical Nutcracker

Wandering through the store this morning, I came across an eye-catching new display piece by the Nutcracker tree.  Look at this big guy!

He plays Christmas tunes, of course – and the lights on his jacket and drum light up in sync with the music.

I’m afraid he’s only to be enjoyed, not for sale.  Hope you’ll come and see him for yourself when you’re in Pigeon Forge this fall or Christmas!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

Don’t Forget Dad!

He loved you first (along with Mom, of course), and he loves you best (along with Mom, of course) .. so be sure you show him your love this Father’s Day!

Here are a few suggestions from Christmas Place.  We have some great gifts in The Boutique – our newest hot spot on the property!

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From The Boutique, Father's Day gifts of mugs, pictures, and more.

Stop into Second Nature – so many great items from which to choose – here’s something sleek for the hunter – a ceramic mug with lid that keeps drinks hot or cold and fits in the car cupholder.

Ceramic cammo-patterned mugs for Dad and Grandad.

Personalization always makes a gift even more special!

World's Greatest Dad personalized ornament.

I Love Daddy personalized ornament, includes kids names.

We’re open until 10:00 p.m. tonight and Saturday…you have plenty of time to come on in!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Be sure Dad comes with you to get his free box of hot, freshly-popped popcorn on us – Saturday and Sunday.

What’s Up Over There?

In our ongoing series of what’s new in the store, today I update the progress on the corner that no one could identify:

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Did you guess? It really fooled a lot of people – even the top dog around here.  It’s the Christmas Gallery!

We next moved to installation of display cases (made by our in-house carpenters, such beautiful work).

Showroom with display shelves and minimal merchandise racks.

Then this happened.

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What do you think?  Is vintage country your style?  I happen to love it for my house.

Next week .. where did the kitchen store go??

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

How Does Your Fairy Garden Grow?

Add a touch of whimsy to your garden with miniature fairy garden accessories! From the Enchanted Guardians Department 56 collection, Ganz, and Evergreen Enterprises, we have large and small pieces to help you create an enchanted outdoor – or indoor – space.

Welcoming pineapple finials highlight a garlanded garden wall behind a mini table piled high with Christmas treats in this holiday vignette.

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Or, create a vineyard courtyard scene complete with a fine vintage for tasting.

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We created an indoor garden inside a mini glass house – we really love the decorative white “iron” gate behind the magical mouse with blue butterfly wings.

Glass house miniature garden

The Garden Guardians offer slightly larger accents – easier for little hands to enjoy in the garden.  Tuck a gnome door up against a tree trunk for instant magic.

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Gnome with ladybug and staff

Green frog with butterfly wings

Squirrels, and fairies, and mice, oh my!

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Don’t forget to personalize your miniature garden with a colorful stone walkway…stones are available in eight colors and three sizes – you might need some colorful accents in lots of other places outside the garden, too (fill glass jars on a window ledge for a splash of color).

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Your imagination is the limit with this charming collection of garden accessories and miniature furniture and figurines!  Click here to see the rest of the assortment.  Better hurry, though, because these are only available for a limited time, we won’t be receiving any more.

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

The Boutique 2.0

If you haven’t been to The Boutique at Christmas Place this year, you haven’t been to The Boutique!  We’ve been reinventing our little boutique shop on the courtyard, and we think you’ll love the result.  Our new selection of apparel (in more sizes) has something for everyone, from baby to Grandmom.  We’re excited to show some of our bright spring and summer selections, and a few gifty ideas.

Spartina navy & orange spring 2015

Orange & White lacy tops

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Knit dress & knit vest

Scarf wraps

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White lace and petal tops

Pastel dress & sweater sets

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Do you have a summer wedding coming up?  Gifts that include the initial of the new family are always a lovely, personal touch.  These over-sized metal letters tied with burlap bows are light-weight enough to tie onto a package or a set of gift towels, and later hang on a wall or bookcase – or a Christmas tree, of course.

Metal initial letters to tie on a package or hang on the wall

Or, gift the happy couple with a pair of dessert plates from our collection of white dishware and kitchen accessories.

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Boutique collection of white dishes & towels

There are many talented potters in the area; check out the work of one of our favorites:

Tennessee-made, hand-thrown pottery

We love the design trend of chalkboard accents, with plaques for gifting to others – or yourself.

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Chalk plaques, several styles

We’ll help you coordinate your look with hats and shoes and everything in between – leather and lace, pearls, rhinestones, natural stones – what’s your style?

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Rhinestone accented necklaces

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we think Mom probably deserves a little pampering .. perhaps a pair of luxurious slippers to help her feel like the queen that she is?

Luxury bed slippers

Some seriously encouraging, some gently snarky, some dead-on honest about how one might be feeling today .. we love this silly mug collection, a perfect gift for the perfect someone.

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Balance in life can be so elusive.  This bracelet will remind you to keep things in perspective and keep striving, life is worth the work.  It includes two special beads, one encasing mud from The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and the other encasing water from atop Mount Everest, the highest point above water.  There’s a size to fit most every wrist.

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Still not sure about the perfect something for just that occasion?  There’s so much more in The Boutique than we can show here!  We’ll leave you with one more, quintessentially-summer suggestion – who couldn’t use a silver flip flop, after all?  Sold separately, we know they’ve been given as ring trays and soap dishes, to hold keys by the door and even just to sit and be shiny.

Silver plated flip flop dish

May your summer be as splendid and colorful as you are, as busy or relaxed as you want it to be, in every way!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Many of our apparel and gift lines in The Boutique don’t make it onto our website, so if you see something you like, give us a call at 1-800-445-3396, extension 122, to talk to an associate in the store – we can still ship right to your door!

What Else Have We Been Up To

Christmas Place Store Tour, Part B…more pictures, this time from Santaland and our new Smoky Mountain room.  Like I said, we’ve been having fun!

We started here:

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As the sign says, Welcome to our neck of the woods!

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This being the mountains, we have to acknowledge our historical traditions, of course…good thing there are a couple of bears on the lookout for any untimely visits by the revenue men.

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Where do you keep your red canoe?  Ours is being taken for a joy ride by a pack of pic-a-nic-ing bears!

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I’d better go find out what they’ve changed today!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

Christmas Time Capsule from My House to Yours!

My father handed me a folder of papers on Saturday that had suddenly surfaced from a drawer or a box or a cabinet somewhere.  Let me tell you, you just never know what scraps from your past your parents have tucked away, and when they’ll appear.  This folder includes my high school transcripts (B+ in typing), some ancient achievement tests (College Board Admissions Testing Program, wherein I am rated well below average for pursuing a career in the field of science), SAT scores (English, fine; Math, not so much), college transcripts ( I DO NOT remember getting a B in bowling!), and – wow – a bill for a hospital room visit for a couple of stitches, total $87.29, my share was $17.40.  Now that’s a true blast from the past!  Sometime after 12 October 1980, I filled up my car with nine gallons of gas for a whopping $10.60 – over $1 a gallon.  Those were the days…

Behind all that stuff (including a few school compositions and my first-ever typed resume, no job experience at all), is the stuff I’m here to talk about.  Yes, this is it, possibly my first letter to Santa – and it’s a poem!  Check it out:

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My mom wrote my name on the saved slip of paper.  (Don’t ask me about the burn marks along the edge, I don’t remember the fire.)  To go along with it, here’s my dad’s handwritten reply:

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Dad has played piano all his life, and composed his own music and songs, so there is always scoring paper around the house.

But wait, it gets better!  Here’s another poem I composed around the same time, I’m guessing, as my handwriting is very similar.

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I know you’re thinking, “wow, that girl was quite the poet laureate of her family!”

However, there is one more gem of a poem in the folder, this one by my younger sister.  And you’d better believe I’m wasting no time in teasing her about the churches feeding “the poor people and the pheasants.”  Pheasants??  Ha ha ha ha ha ha!  Girl, you messed that one up good!  (Yes, we’re sisters, what did you expect?  Loving support?  Pffft.  Have you met me and my sisters?!)

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I don’t know about you, but I think these need to be framed and hung in a place of honor, on display year round.  Rarely do you see such genius word-smithing in ones so young.

Well, anyway, they will be a treasure for my family, at least, for some time to come.  Do you have a collection of your children’s masterpieces tucked away somewhere?  We’d love to see them.

Christmas is all about the memories we make with families and friends.  Be sure to cherish your own collection!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

What’s Been Going On Around Here, You Ask?

You know we take our winters very seriously here at Christmas Place – no, we don’t get to go on vacation along with Santa!  It’s one of the busiest times of the year for the elves, when we get to work play in the store, making everything new and different and fun and better for your next visit!  We’ve taken out old carpet, put a lot of fresh paint on the walls (and even the ceilings), moved the stairs, moved trees, moved shelves, moved … more things than we can count.

Knowing you, you really don’t want to have to wait until you’re here to see the results, do you??  Lucky day – I’ve been taking lots of pictures around the store, and … here we go.  Incredible Christmas Place Store Tour 2015, Part A.  (There are so many more photos to show, I’m going to have to add more parts than I thought. And, no, we’re not even finished yet, I have more photographs to take, too.)

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Spring Garden Shoppe – yes, this is a repeat, but it’s right inside the front door so I thought I would start here!

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It’s as if we have all the ornaments on the tree, and now we need to add garlands and ribbons and fluff.  There is so much more to come – we’re moving the tree forest, moving the lights .. you name it, we’re figuring out how/where/when to move it.  Hmmm.  You might want to plan some extra time for you next visit, because as we used to say in my house growing up, “don’t sit down in a dark room because the furniture’s been moved!”  (Thanks, Dad.)

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

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Because it’s been a hard winter for so many around us, I thought I’d add that extra “pe” on the end – put a little zing into Spring at Christmas Place!  Look at all the lovely blooms and baubles we’ve brought in to brighten up the place for a little while.  You can find many of these items in our “New” or the “Christmas Floral” selection on the web site, or click here.  We hope you’ll enjoy these photos for now.

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And somehow, the aqua bunnies and the Morning Glory mini-jar came home with me after this photo session .. funny how that sort of thing can happen.  Happy Spring, y’all!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place