Christmas Trees 2016 – “Christmas Cabin”

Our newest Christmas tree theme in the store is already a favorite with elves and guests alike.  The Christmas Cabin theme has a very vintage feel, with classic images of Santa, reindeer ornaments, and snowmen.  We’ve paired a crazy steer made from recycled parts to the mix, along with a classic wooden sled and lots of lights.  This tree has more lights than any similarly-sized tree we’ve ever offered – and it’s quite a show-stopper!

Complimenting the tree decorations is a new collection of dishes, mugs, and flour-sack towels that everyone who loves snowmen will have to have – four different works of snowman art are featured on the two sizes of plates, oversized mugs, and towels.  There’s also a plush snowman wearing a holly wreath necklace and warm ear muffs who’ll keep you company all winter.

Did you notice that we used a tin wash tub on legs as the stand for this tree?  Lots of room underneath for plenty of presents to be dreamed about on Christmas eve.

We hope you enjoy this little Christmas tree tour.  More tree videos will soon be posted, as we have 25 trees to cover this year.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

 

Two for Tuesday

It lives!  Can you believe it?  Yes, Two for Tuesday is back.  The only question is, how long will I be able to keep it to only two?  Especially when I know you want to see more and more!

LED lighting – you know we love it because it’s durable, energy-efficient, and not hot to the touch.  It illuminates this detailed winter scene, highlighting the layers of images in a very charming way – although there was too much sunlight to see it really well in my picture (and I may have forgotten to turn on the lights).  It’s time to use a little of your Christmas imagination.

Cut-out wood chalet scene with fir trees, mountains, and snow, on three levels. LED lit.

The scene is just over 16″ wide x 13″ tall x 3.5″ deep.  This is a decoration that will no doubt become an heirloom for your family – it just won’t be Christmas until someone plugs in the chalet!

Along with that show-stopper, we have a variety of miniature cut-wood scenes lit in the same way but secured under glass domes = no dusting.  That’s a winner!

Wood cut-out shapes illuminated by LED lights, under  a glass dome. Works as an ornament for the Christmas tree.

Just a touch of glitter for an extra sparkle, and natural rope trim keeps everything grounded.  There are several different scenes; as a starting point, we recommend at least three of these ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Wood cut-out shapes under glass domes, LED lit; assorted scenes; ornaments.

They will also sit on a table or in a window – but I wouldn’t want to waste that lovely glass curl on the top of the bell.

Whether you’re an established family, just starting out, or celebrating Christmas your own way, we believe starting and adding to the traditions you practice at the holidays are the best way to keep memories near and create new ones each year.  These wood-cut ornaments and mantle display piece will be treasured for many Christmases to come.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  I did it!  Only two.  See you next Tuesday with a couple of new highlights.  Don’t forget to put Sept. 2nd through the 18th on your calendar – Labor Day extended tent sale!

First Comes Halloween

Yes, here at Christmas Place, we do Halloween too – we do it the Department 56 way, with lights and animation and only the occasional scream from the ghosties and beasties!  Sure, there’s a bit of headlessness, and you’ll find a witch and a bat and a black cat or two.  Oh – lots of skeletons, not to be forgotten!  The amusement park attractions – hmmm, more amusing to some than to others .. but it’s all in good fun.  I only wish we kept the display stocked with bowls of my favorite, candy corn!

Take a tour of our [Halloween village] – there’s poetry in the day for you, too.

You probably saw a few houses and accessories you’d like to add to your own village.  We’d love to help you dream up some creative ways to display your spooky favorites this year!  The newest product that hasn’t even shipped yet is labeled “out of stock” on our website, but you can still add it to your cart – we’ll backorder and ship it to you later, no worries.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Our Department 56 Signing weekend is November 5th & 6th – mark your calendar and make plans to come meet one of their talented designers!  Do we have to mention door prizes and the secondary market?

Silver and Gold Make A Beautiful Christmas Tree

We call it “Christmas in Aspen,” this elegant showcase tree near the front door.  For the ultimate glitz and glamour, mix all the precious metal colors plus crystal, white, and a touch of green – they compliment each other so well.  For whimsy, add a touch of faux fur!  Our designers show us once again that we can be fearless in the elements we bring together for decorating the Christmas tree – as long as it makes us happy.

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How brilliantly copper, bronze, gold, silver, platinum, and even a touch of iron work together on this swankiest of Christmas trees.  The unusual brown and burlap poinsettias together with a sprinkling of unpainted wood and neutral-tone glass ornaments add a grounded note amidst all the sparkle and shine.

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Are you bold enough to give this style a try?  Whatever your style, we’ve got what you need to take your Christmas tree(s) to the next level on the “wow” scale!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Labor Day Tent Sale is fast approaching – less than three weeks!  September 2nd through the 18th.  Are you coming?

Christmas Nativity Sets For Every Decor

Ginger Cottage Nativity Scene

This nativity creche is lit by inserting a bulb on your Christmas tree through a hole in the bottom panel, highlighting the three-dimensional construction of the balsam wood scene.

Christmas is only 141 days away!  (That’s 21 Saturdays, if you’re counting.)  We can tell it’s getting closer here at Christmas Place – all sorts of lovely new Christmas decorations are arriving daily – it’s our favorite time of summer.  Today, a sampling of the many [nativities and Holy Family pieces] available – you’ll find one to compliment almost every decor theme and style.

Olive wood from Israel is used in the construction of this popular collection of hand-crafted creches and ornaments from Bethlehem.  This is one of the largest olive wood scenes; they are also available in smaller sizes, and as ornaments to hang on your tree.

Olive Wood nativity

Our talented floral design team has used a large Holy Family trio as the centerpiece of this grand arrangement.

Custom Floral Tabletop features the Holy Family trio.

One of our newest collections is crafted in Italy.  This magnificent, bejeweled set features rich fabrics, detailed accessories and ornamentation, and delicately-painted figures.  The two angels flanking the grouping are each sold separately.  While the Bible story tells us that only the shepherds visited the baby Jesus in his manger, it is hard to resist depictions that include the three Wise Men, who arrived up to two years after the birth.

Crafted in Italy, nativity set includes Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and three Wise Men.  Angels sold separately.

A more simple, natural style is found in this carved-looking collection of 12 pieces, the largest of which is 18 inches tall.

Carved-look Nativity Set of 9

Celebrating their 40th year in business, Department 56 has just introduced an exclusive anniversary set, The Inn at Bethlehem.  The four pieces will be the highlight of any collector’s display.  We’ve displayed ours with [these palm trees], sold separately.  The other side of the building is equally rich in detail, including the front entrance to the inn.

Department 56 The Inn at Bethlehem set of 4

We also offer a large selection of Holy Family groups, such as this Foundations Holy Family figurine, standing 12 inches tall and delicately hand-painted and subtly adorned with crystals.

Foundations Collection Holy Family Figurine

If your holidays are spent near the beach – or just wishing you were near a beach – consider this figurine – the Holy Family with a driftwood sensibility, highlighted by nautical ropes and sea creatures.

Holy Family Figurine, beach theme

Neither a nativity scene nor a holy family, this show-stopping piece nevertheless highlights the theme of the season, peace among all creatures on earth.  The stone and resin figure stands almost 16 inches tall.

Lion & Lamb Peace on Earth figurine

The peace we love in the store comes early in the morning, when the sun streams through our stained glass window, lighting up the collectibles gallery in a rainbow of colors!

Collectibles gallery

Where available, clicking on the photo above will take you to the specific item on our website; I’ve also linked to our Nativity group and the palm tree accessory.  Items not directly linked (such as the floral arrangement) may be ordered by calling the store at 1-800-445-3396, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. We would love to see a picture of your favorite family nativity – share it on our [Facebook page].

The Christmas Pickle Ornament

On the list of Christmas traditions, the Christmas pickle ornament is one of the more colorful ones.  First of all, because…pickle??  At least it’s in the green family!

Old World Christmas glass pickle ornament

Some say the pickle in the Christmas tree began in Germany, but ask a German and they’ll probably think you’re pickled.

Glass pickle ornament with face, Santa hat & scarf.

In the 1880s, Woolworth stores sold glass ornaments made in Germany in the shapes of fruits and vegetables.  It’s our theory that the pickle was not the most popular ornament in the collection, and so an enterprising and creative salesman invented the story of the hidden Christmas pickle to move his last remaining inventory.

Glass pickle ornament stored in a jar.

And so, today, we offer the Christmas pickle as a holiday tradition – hide a pickle ornament in your tree, and the first member of the household to find it is rewarded with a small present.  Anything for more presents, right?!  (Personally, I wouldn’t mind unwrapping a jar of bread-and-butter chips.)

Have a favorite Christmas tradition that just makes the holidays for you?  We’d like to know about it!  Tell us your story – family traditions enrich the holidays and create memories that traverse generations.  To this day, we’re all likely to find one present under the tree for each person with a tag reading “From Santa Clause.”  Nor would it be Christmas without Mom’s green pea, asparagus, and water chestnut casserole, and a heaping helping of jellied cucumber salad.

More Christmas traditions to come, in case you’re looking for something new this year.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Keep an eye on our events calendar – we are almost ready to start scheduling artist signings for this fall – a signed Christmas ornament or collectible is a great tradition to share with future generations.

Black bear positioned as a decoration in the Christmas tree.

Smoky Mountains Christmas Tree

Those of you who know us know that this is redecorating season, as we make room for all the new decorations arriving daily for Christmas.  The Smoky Mountain room is moving to the end of the hall and receiving a gorgeous makeover – but it’s still under construction for a time. Here’s a sneak peek at what the designers have been up to this week. (Click the link above to see the Smoky Mountain selection on our website.)

Do you recognize this wall? No, you don’t – it’s brand new!

Interior wall newly resurfaced with rough wood siding and large windows.

There’s our big, carved, Smoky Bear, taking donations for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  And yes, there’s an outhouse back there..wonder what’s inside?  Maybe later…here’s the tree – with plaid-clad elves, a plaid reindeer, and a colorful ski lodge theme.

Decorated Christmas tree in a mountain ski lodge theme with plaid reindeer and elves.

Plaid reindeer with branches for antlers, decorating a Christmas tree.

Large elf in Christmas tree with fur-lined sweater and plaid ski pants.

Merry Christmas ornament in the Christmas tree.

Black bear positioned as a decoration in the Christmas tree.

Wood-look mounted deer's head as a Christmas tree decoration.

Paradise…it says “Just Another Day In Paradise!”

Merchandise display of black bears and rustic signs.

A bird in the hand is worth two on the branch?  We’re changing that to “put another bird in your shopping basket, honey, y’all can’t have too many birds!”  Under construction…

Birds perched on lighted branches, the beginnings of a new display.

And finally, we’ll leave you with this:  any guesses as to what this will become?  Only time will tell the story!

Birch trees lined up against a wall, with a large wooden spool in front - soon to be a new merchandise display for something fun.

We love where you’re going with your design, team! I’ll be back later in the summer with more pictures of our Smoky Mountain room. I hope you’ll come to see it for yourself, too!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  This is the final weekend of our tent sale – still lots of great stuffing going under the big top every day – come and shop before it ends on Sunday, June 5th!

Memorial Weekend Tent Sale

But you can shop all week! The tent is staying up until June 5th, and you have 9 days to save 50% on all kinds of things for your Christmas celebrations – and other items, too. We’re liquidating some home decor and spring flower inventory. Come take a peek – we can’t list everything you’ll find in the tent, there’s just too much.

Charles Viancin silicone storage solutions:

Christmas Place tent sale Memorial week - housewares selection.

Pre-made bows and ribbon sampler collections:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - ribbon bundles and bows

Lawn decorations – in need of a little loving care, but oh, so fun!

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - Exterior elf and reindeer figures

Lemax and Department 56 lighted houses – and I think I see a cookie jar or two in there, plus a Possible Dreams and a Jim Shore Santa?

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - Lemax and Department 56

Pre-made floral items in glass and metal containers:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - pre-made floral arrangements

Unassembled floral arrangements (wink wink!):

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - floral stems and arrangements

Unbreakable ornaments and glass decorations:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - unbreakable ornaments, glass Christmas decorations

Just for fun .. look who was on time to work this morning – Ms. Canada Goose with two of her goslings! They love the river behind the store for a morning swim. One of the mamas has 10 babies to herd, I’ve been told – I’m hoping to see her soon.

Canada goose with two goslings

As we always say – shop early for the best selection, and shop often for new sales merchandise being put out each day! Happy first-weekend-of-summer!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Even if you can’t make it to Pigeon Forge for Memorial Day, you can still order gifts in honor of your military service men and women – check our selection here.

Thursday Things To Love – Christmas Decorations in a Country Theme

You know I used to do “Two for Tuesday” – but I could hardly ever keep it to just two .. so I’m doing “Thursday Things” instead – and I can show as many things to love as I want with no guilt!  Here are some of my favorite things from around the store this week.  I’m a fan of the homespun, country style of Christmas decorations that we are showcasing in the Christmas Gallery – and of course, there’s so much more than I can show in one post.

Have you seen the wide variety available in these frosted glass lamps?  Softly painted winter and Christmas themes decorate several shapes and styles of vases and lamps, each lamp filled with a strand of mini lights.  They will add a warm glow to any corner of your holiday home.  These are priced to make wonderful Christmas gifts, too!

Frosted glass lamps filled with strands of mini lights, painted with images of Christmas and winter.

Frosted glass lamps filled with strands of mini lights, painted with images of Christmas and winter.

The Ginger Cottage “Elf Academy” ornament is decorated on the board inside with all the things the accomplished elf must master to fulfill his or her full potential at the North Pole!  Reindeer names, reindeer games, toy categories, food groups – every topic is covered in this little school house.  Light the ornament by placing it over one the mini bulbs on your Christmas tree, through a little hole in the floor.  We love the frosty snow coating added to each little building.

Balsam wood ornament of a tiny house, lighted by placing it over a light bulb on your Christmas tree.

A prophetic pillow that really says it all….

Christmas pillow reads "When you stop believing in Santa you get underwear," and a large snowman head decoration.

Burlap is still going strong for the homespun holiday look – birds, balls, poinsettias, ribbon, and more, in all the colors of Christmas.  We love the country look, as it welcomes many textures and translations for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Burlap bird, red ball, and decoupaged cowbell with heart applique Christmas ornament collection on a homespun style tree.

More “country” textures – galvanized tin walls, chicken-wire windows, cotton blooms, barnwood wall art, and a carved stag head – we’ve layered it all on for a fun take on the theme!

Galvanized metal walls with chicken-wire window pains on top make for a multilayered, textured  display of whimsical barn wall art.

Classic red barnwood walls are the perfect backdrop for a pair of gorgeous wreaths from our Floral Design team.

Christmas wreath with burlap ribbon, cardinal, and poinsettia, displayed on a red barnwood wall.

Christmas wreath with snowman, "Let It Snow" sign, and burlap ribbon and decorations, displayed on a red barnwood wall.

So many themes to show you, and only thirty-one Thursdays until Christmas!  If there’s a favorite theme you’d like to see, be sure to let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure it’s covered.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. If you’re planning to be in Pigeon Forge on Memorial Day or the following week, don’t miss our Memorial Week Tent Sale!  We don’t do this every year, so come and get a fast start on decorations for 2016 and save a little money while you’re doing it.

Miss Heart of Christmas

We recently welcomed a royal visitor to The Incredible Christmas Place – Kentucky’s Teen Miss Heart of Christmas came to visit!

Miss Heart of Christmas winner

Where else would you expect her to spend her holiday but in a Christmas wonderland?  We were delighted to welcome this sweet young woman to our store.

The “Miss Heart of the USA” pageant programs are focused on teaching young girls that it is never too soon to be involved in giving back to the community.  Every pageant is a food drive!  All participants are required to bring donations to each competition, titles are awarded based on donations, and their community involvement extends beyond pageants to other events.  At the local level, the girls are encouraged to participate with groups like March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and local shelters and food banks.

Congratulations and good luck to Kentucky’s Teen Miss Heart of Christmas – and keep up the good work for your community!

Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place