Two for Tuesday

We recently added a new line in The Boutique, the Hatley collection, a selection of often irreverent and always funny t-shirts, kiddie clothes, sleep shirts, boxers, lounge pants, socks, hats, bags, aprons….etc.  Here are a handful of pieces that I thought you’d enjoy.  We have added several of these to our on-line site, but there’s so much we don’t yet have it all up.

Born Free Onesie

Includes a matching, Owl-embroidered knit cap

“Hooo’s Sleepy” includes a matching, owl-embroidered knit cap.


Bear in Woods t-shirt

Matching boxers and ball cap available with this graphic.


Sleeper socks with non-skid soles (matching sleep shirts available).


Love the sheep!

Barely Sleeping t-shirt

Several of the t-shirts have been tagged on the left sleeve with Great Smoky Mountains – a nice souvenir for those who prefer out-of-the-ordinary.  I see a Trout t-shirt in my future.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Date Set for Christmas Place Artist Signings

November 7th – mark your calendar! 

We have not one, but two important and popular artists visiting the store on the first Saturday in November.

Timberland Woods Fairy

Timberland Woods Fairy

Mark Roberts, creator of the beloved line of Fairies and Elves (and lots of other beautiful things) will be at Christmas Place for a signing – we had such a delightful time meeting Mark last year, and cannot wait to welcome him back to the store!



Candle Shop, Dickens Anniversary Edition

Candle Shop, Dickens Anniversary Edition

 Barbara Lund, daughter of Nieland Lund, originator of the Department 56 Dickens’ Village Series, will be here to sign D56 buildings and collectibles.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Dickens’ Village Series, so you know we’ll be putting on quite a party.

 We haven’t yet set times for the signings, so  please stay tuned for further information.  Watch for a special offer in conjunction with The Inn at Christmas Place and the Dickens anniversary celebration.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

It’s Limerick Day!

Yay!  It’s a day in May when rhyming is the best way!

Okay, sorry about that ~ but it is, indeed, Limerick Day.  In case you are unfamiliar with limericks, here is the structure to be followed when creating your own, from Harris’ limerick-writing manual:

There once was a (person) from (place),
Who (add things that lead to disgrace).
They (improbable scene)
With their (dirty or clean)
Summing up (better cut to the chase).

There are quite a few Christmas limericks around, including a site where different contributors have fun building poems one line at a time.  Here’s a cute one from Australian writer and poet Graeme King:

The sleigh had broke down in the wet234019_l Ireland Santa
And Santa was starting to fret.
Then Rudolph said, “Man,
I’ve a neat, cunning plan,
Involving a hot jumbo jet!”

Here’s a local submission:

Christmas Place is all a-twitter.
New ornaments covered in glitter
Now fill the whole store,
In colors galore.
We’ll all help to sweep up the litter!

I’d love to hear some limerick suggestions from our readers.  If you’re looking for inspiration, try consulting the OEDILF.  The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form is a great resource for ideas – and laughs!

Happy rhyming!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Christmas Place Float in the Dolly Parade!

Merry Christmas!  Happy Mother’s Day!

We were blessed with a window of dry weather on Friday evening, and the crowds that came out had a wonderful time as the parade made its way up the Parkway.  I saw nothing but smiles on the faces of both children and adults as the Christmas Place Santa float passed by!

Decorating the Christmas Place Float

Decorating the Christmas Place Float

Our driver, Nick.  No, really, that's his name!  Nick!

Our driver, Nick. No, really, that's his name! Nick!

Several junior elves joined us on the float.

Several junior elves joined us on the float.


Santa, Buttons, Jingles, and the other elves greet the crowd - Uncle Sam was along for the ride, too.

Happy - and dry- fans line the parade route.

Happy - and dry- fans line the parade route.

Baton Twirlers

Baton Twirlers

We had to keep our distance from the baton twirlers in front ~ they kept setting their batons on fire!  Nick the driver set up his speakers and we entertained the crowd with Christmas songs as we walked along.

We saw so many smiles as we passed by, it seemed that the crowd was really enjoying the show.  I hope you were able to catch the event this year – and look forward to seeing you there next year!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Food for Friday

Don’t you just love the deliciousness you find in every Junior League cook book?  This week, a selection from The Junior Service League of LaGrange, Georgia.  Their cook book, first published in 1996 and currently in its fifth printing, is titled Southern Born and Bread, a mighty clever word play there, you’ll agree.  A degree of trust is built into this cook book as I notice that the cookbook committee is outnumbered almost three to one by the testing committee!
 285011 Southern Born-Bread Cookbook

Since summer is almost upon us, which means the kids will be hanging around the house a lot more, how about a couple of quick entries from the Children’s Favorites chapter.

Orange Icee

1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 can cold milk
1 can cold water
2 t vanilla
1/4 C sugar
Ice cubes, about 10 to 12

Mix all ingredients in a blender; makes 4 small servings.  Sounds really refreshing for a warm afternoon!

Cookies on a Stick

1 package Gold Medal chocolate chip cookie mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened
12 popsicle sticks
2 packages of plain M&M’s®

Mix together cookie mix with egg and butter.  Add both packages of M&M’s®.  Roll dough into 2-inch balls and place 6 balls on a single ungreased cookie sheet.  Insert popsicle sticks into each ball.  Slightly flatten each ball with your hand and sprinkle each cookie with candy sprinkles.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or so before removing cookies from the cookie sheet.  Makes 1 dozen cookies on a stick.

I like that ratio of M&M’s® to cookie dough!  Two easy recipes that will keep the kids happy – and they’ll enjoy helping in the kitchen, learning things like  the importance of keeping the lid on the blender and not eating all the ingredients before the baking part takes place…

Wait – just spotted another cute recipe I have to share:

E T Candy

18-oz jar crunchy peanut butter
2-3/4 C powdered sugar
1 stick butter
1 large package chocolate chips
1 T butter

Mix peanut butter and powdered sugar with 1 stick melted butter.  Press into 9×13-inch dish.  Melt chocolate chips and 1 T butter.  Pour over peanut butter mixture.  Chill in the refrigerator til firm, then cut or break unto pieces. 

Oh, snap, that sounds YUMMY!  D-ope – there’s a footnote on the page – “Use your cookie cutters to make cutouts from flavored gelatin.  Reduce the liquid in the recipe to 1/4 of the usual amount, pour into a shallow pan and chill until firm.”  Always wondered about that.

C = Cup; T = Tablespoon; t = teaspoon

Have a yummy weekend!  Wave at us in the parade this afternoon – you’ll recognize us – we’re the elves with Santa, of course.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Dolly Parade this Friday in Pigeon Forge

We just know the skies are going to clear in time for the Dolly Parade this Friday, May 8, when Santa will lead his sleigh and a team of reindeer along the parkway in celebration of Pigeon Forge and summertime.  Come on out and share a Merry Christmas greeting with Santa and his elf escorts from Christmas Place and The Inn at Christmas Place.  It’s the ~ second ~ most wonderful time of the year.

2008 Christmas Place Santa Float

2008 Christmas Place Santa Float

There’s nothing quite like the joy and delight on the faces of children ~ and adults ~ when Santa waves to the crowd!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

The primping and painting for 2009 continues at a furious pace – things are changing color every day, trees are being re-lit, and it’s all fun and games til someone forgets where that display is NOW…  This picture says it all ~ tree on the right is loaded with ornaments and trimmings.  Tree on the left is bare as winter, with forlorn bins below, holding not even a crumb big enough for a mouse….  (at the very end of this scene you can see just a glimpse of Santa’s new home)


We carry on in anticipation of all the new themes to come this summer.

There is still plenty of cuteness in the store, though!  Here is a collection of three folk angel bells spotted in a cheery corner of the Christmas Gallery.  They warm your heart on a rainy spring day.

335434 Folk Angel Bell

And here’s another angel, this one in painted metal.  She has a double set of wings and a bell at the hem of her two-part dress.

Painted Metal Angel

We have a whole series of painted metal figures and decorations, including tin soldiers, snowmen, and holly, fabricated for a variety of uses.  Many are mounted to wooden stakes for use as lawn ornaments, though we anchor them inside in clay pots filled with stones and covered in “snow”.  This clever Christmas bunny stands on his own.  (You can see the soldiers in the background.)

Painted Metal Bunny

Sure hope you’re getting a little sunshine wherever you are today!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for … oh, I guess it’s Friday already! maybe no one will notice…

It’s time for NEW in the store!  We received our first new tree styles this week, and let me just say that Display is absolutely THRILLED ~ we have an actual, real, proven, no-fluffing-out-of-the-box tree ~ in two styles, even.  Here’s a quick photograph.  Really and truly, they pulled the parts out of the box and stuck the sections together on a pole and plugged it in.  Absolutely no manipulation of branches or tips.  They look this great in about five minutes.  We’ve already sold one in the store today.

No-Fluff Christmas Trees

No-Fluff Christmas Trees

These two trees were assembled straight from the box and are ready for decorating.  If fussing with the branches is not your bliss at Christmas, you’ve just got to try one of these styles!

Here’s a close-up of a branch from another new tree style.  This one features gold on the tips of each needle.  It may sound a little strange, but it’s really lovely ~ the gold is subtle and adds a glow and sparkle to the branches in a pretty cool way.


You can see it has a very rich, green color.  The branches are fairly full, but the profile is on the slimmer side.

Oh, yes, the fun is beginning!  Santa’s new stage is almost ready, and I can’t wait to show you that area.  More pictures next week!

It’s almost Monday!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place