It’s time!

snowman-stockingTime to start filling Christmas stockings!  Have you made your list and checked it twice?  Now is the time to look for bargains and stocking stuffers – and we’re offering free shipping on Internet orders over $75 today at ChristmasPlace.com.

 I remember Christmases in my youth when I would find an orange or apple and a handful of nuts and candies in my stocking, in addition to a few small toys and holiday trinkets.  I received a special gift one year – a birthstone ring, which I wore until the stones fell out!pom-pom-stocking

What about you?  Do you remember any specially treasured gifts found in your Christmas stockings over the years?

In addition to our stocking collection, you’ll find a really cute selection of stocking hangers in our on-line store.

Have fun filling your stockings this year ~ check the calendar to the right ~ you have about 25 days to go…!

Life is good!

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New Forum Contest!

You oughtta be in pictures..!

We’ve de-kinked the system so you can now embed links to your favorite Christmas photos for our next forum contest.  Use one of the three topics in our Brag Book category – Family Photo Album, Indoor/Outdoor Christmas Displays, and Christmas Village Displays.

When you start a topic or reply to a topic, use the Insert Photo button (bottom row of buttons, second from the left), and paste the embedded link to your photo in between the image tags [img][/img].  The link should look like the link below, and end in the file type you are using for that photo (.jpeg, .gif, etc.).

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Once I found it, under the Share button, I still had a bit of a challenge with the embedded link on my Flickr account as it included extra information that I did not need, so we deleted everything before the http: and everything after the .jpg.  I’m fully expecting, however, that you, my readers, are more savvy at this than I am!  I work with photos a lot, but I haven’t had to worry about understanding the embedding process til now…  It’s a good day, as I learned something new.

Who’s going to be first with a Christmas Village or a light display photo?  The race is on! 

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving – one that is enough.

Life is good,

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

Continuing in Thanksgiving mode….

Charming Tales offers this adorable piece titled “Thankful Harvest.”  I could easily build a holiday table around this whimsical figurine.

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From the Jim Shore collection, on a grander scale, how about this delightful pumpkin for your center piece?  The detailed decoration on this piece make it worthy of family heirloom status.

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Life is good!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Happy Thanksgiving, of course!

It’s a wonderful American holiday, this day when we choose to interrupt our normal routines and be mindful and expressive of all for which we are thankful.  Of course, the pilgrims took three days to celebrate – why couldn’t Lincoln have thrown us three, too, eh??  One for proteins, one for dessert, and one for parades and football.  oh, and shopping, of course!  We have chosen not to keep up with the Joneses this year, no, we are not opening at 4:00 a.m. ~ but we are opening early at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

In case someone expects you to wax eloquently on the subject, here is a gathering of quotes for you to share over your turkey (or tofurkey or turducken or fowl-of-choice) dinner.

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  ~Edward Sandford Martin

 We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.  ~Author Unknown

 What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  ~Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.  ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

 Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.  ~Seneca

Quick! Say the Thanksgiving blessing!
Then pass me that gravy and dressing.
More turkey, mashed potatoes,
Green beans, pie, and hot rolls.
Weight Watchers tomorrow, I’m guessing.
  ~Patty Talasy, Crockett

 Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.  ~Melody Beattie

As for me, I wish you a holiday of enough.  Most of us have not known true want, and I hope that for you and your loved ones such is the case.  If you feel as blessed as I do, I encourage you to share from your blessings with someone near you, and be thankful for the privilege of being able to do so.name-plate-2

Life is good!

Forum Favorite Movie Contest Winner!

Congratulations to mustangprincess, the winner of our Favorite Movie contest on the Christmas Place forum!  I’ve sent you a $25 gift certificate to use in our online store.

We’re still accepting movie recommendations – I added one myself today.  Pop over to the forum and tell us what you love to watch – and when – July, like me???

I’m going to announce the next contest on Monday, but be getting your funniest Christmas photos together, please…………….

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The Joys of Marketing

So, we’re having our big weekly meeting today about big important Internet stuff, and we’re talking about the special promotions we want to offer on line from “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving, I hate that name, personally) right up through Christmas Day.  And we simply cannot reach a consensus on what to call the promotion for that time period.  We’re going back and forth and back and forth and grabbing random passers-by for their opinions.  “28 Days of Christmas Specials”  “Celebrate Christmas Countdown – 28 Days of Shopping Deals”  “Countdown to Christmas Daily Deals”  “28 Deal Days of Christmas”  “28 Days of Christmas Deals”  Seriously, we are circling the drain … until someone finally nailed it …

“You Name It Because WE Couldn’t”

Yeah.  It was a good meeting.

Anywho, YOU, my beloved readers, now know what to look for on our website the day after Thanksgiving!  There will be a beautiful box on which you will click to go straight to our daily deals.  And it really will have that title!

We really are going to offer a daily special every day of the 28 days, up to and including Christmas Day.  We’ve got all sorts of items in the mix – ornaments, nutcrackers, Santas, snowmen, angels, high priced things, low priced things, we’re all over the site with these terrific deals.828063_l-rocket-cap-bomb-copy

Go on, ask me.  Ask me if I know whether there will be one or two or three deals each day.  Because that, my friends, I cannot answer.  I think they were still discussing that one when I left to do my lunch shift at the cash register. 

Do you see now how we are slaving to make things fun and interesting and inviting for you, our loyal customers?  It feels like – why, some days, it really does feel like rocket science!  It’s hard work, this striving for perfection … striving for your love and devotion!

Seriously, we all so love Christmas here, and we hope you do, too, and we want to communicate to you in the best possible way that we have the very best of everything here for Christmas, including the best styles at the best prices.  Check us out, see for yourself.  That’s why we are here, to bring Christmas to you!

Have a spectacular weekend, everybody!  Life is good!

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Two for Tuesday

A friend came to the store looking for LED lights and we noticed these carpenter/handyman Christmas novelty lights – what a hoot!  They will be a real hit on the tree in the garage or the man cave ~ or woman cave, I happen to own quite a few tools myself, including a mitre box and a set of torx wrenches, thank you very much.  (and I have used both.)

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Last Saturday I spent time on the sales floor helping customers (yeah, like, the rest room is that way) and these new Christmas ornaments jumped out at me – decorated with dimensional paint, they have a real depth and  beautiful lustre – we’ll personalize these for you, too!

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 We’re closed on Thanksgiving Day, and opening at 8:00 am on Friday afterwards to give all you early birds a chance to start shopping our specials.  We’ve filled the store with special pricing on the cutest collection of snowmen, penguins, Santas, and other fun characters – yesterday I found a dancing penguin that sings “We wish you a Merry Christmas” as he waddles along.  I wonder if I could post a little video of him on this blog?  I’ll give it a try!

Life is good!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Still Beautiful!

Several years ago I purchased a pair of sunglasses that have rose-tinted lenses (okay, I probably purchased three pairs that day, I have mad love for sunglasses), and let me tell you, fall is the BEST time of the year to wear them!  As the leaves begin fading on the trees, through my sunglasses they are still intense and beautiful.  This tree right by the store is still putting on quite a show, though, no glasses required.

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How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky,
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to the earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.

~ Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

Life is good,

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Tomorrow is “Have a Bad Day Day” on the calendar.  I’m boycotting!  Are you with me?

Food for Friday

Here is an easy easy easy yummy goey sweet cake that can be cut up into really little pieces and enjoyed (i.e. it will go a very long way at your next party) – but you may have to lick your fingers at the end.

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350 degrees, 13×9 inch pan, 30 to 50 minutes in the oven

Crust:
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Topping:
8 oz. cream cheese
1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Mix together the crust ingredients and pat into the bottom of the pan.  Cream together all the topping ingredients.  My tip: bring the cream cheese to room temperature and beat with a mixer at low speed until very creamy, then mix in the sugar and butter slowly so that everything is well-incorporated, for a lighter topping.  Pour over the150508_l-vintage-santa-cake-plate-copy1 crust.  Pop the pan into the oven and bake for 30 to 50 minutes.  The top of the cake will puff up and turn a light brown; don’t leave the cake in too long, because the edges will get a little dry, so keep a close watch on the baking process.  Cool completely, cut into small squares, and try to exhibit a little self control.

I’m sure it will taste even more delicious when you serve it on this beautiful, vintage Santa cake stand – and it’s on sale right now!

Have a great weekend – life is good!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

We have our second winner! (finally)

So, bright and early yesterday morning, first e-mail of the day, I even solicited input from colleagues about the humor contest and still, still, I was in the car at the light after five-ish last night when I thought about, oh, I don’t know, making an announcement about the winner on the humor page…!

After some debate, and a vote for the big boxes, we settled on the regifting entry from Wade (under “my worst Christmas gift ever”) – probably out of guilt, because we’ve all done that at one point or another…it’s NOT a bad thing, you simply must do it in the right way!  REMOVE ANY INDICATIONS THAT IT WAS A GIFT IN A PREVIOUS LIFE.  AND REWRAP WITH FRESH PAPER.  Seriously, it’s not rocket science (no offense to any rocket scientist out there who may have regifted in the past or are considering doing so in the coming year How many ties with rockets on them can you wear in one lifetime, after all?).

Anyway, we’re sending Wade a $25 gift certificate for the on-line store, and entering him in the drawing for the $100 gift certificate!  Note to Wade & BradMac, free shipping on Internet orders over $75 on 11/28 and 12/01.  Plan accordingly.

We’re getting our ducks – well, I’d better say our elves – in a row to run a photo contest, but we’re not ready for that yet.  This week – and, since I’ve been behind on this one, let’s keep it open until 11/21, tell us about your favorite Christmas movies.  I’ve got four on my list to start with.  Go to Christmas Arts & Literature and tell us what you have to watch to make it feel like Christmas.  I know I will be on Santa’s naughty list if I’m late again, so I will announce a winner next Friday after lunch!

I can’t wait for Christmas movie season, now!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place