Gumdrop Tree

Have you got a sweet tooth, especially around Christmas?  Our tasty Gumdrop Tree should satisfy your cravings!

Gumdrop Christmas Tree

Gumdrop Christmas Tree

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How about tucking a cute little story-telling bear into your Christmas tree?  Looks like Teddy drifts away for his long winter’s nap with a stuffed kitty to keep him company.

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Our clever design team hot-glued tasty cupcake and gingerbread house ornaments to a cake stand and anchored that in another section of the tree.

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The bright red and green fluted items in the tree are giant cupcakes!

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They’ve used real candy in the tree too – the Whirly Pops and spiral candy cane will be enjoyed long after the holiday, no doubt.

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A personal favorite of mine is the strands of pink and yellow popsicle lights woven through the tree.

When you’ve loaded all the goodies on the Christmas tree, add a Gumdrop Snowman to your decor as the finishing touch (well, except for all the packages, of course)!

Gumdrop Snowman

Now that’s a sweet extravaganza for Christmas!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Christmas Place Weekly Specials

Be sure to check out this week’s special deals!

  • It’s the last week of free shipping for orders $75 and over.
  • It is also the last week to enter our tree giveaway for a 7.5′ Quickshape Christmas tree.
  • Exclusive on-line specials through Friday, October 30th:
    • Buy 2 rolls of ribbon, get a third roll free
    • All Christmas tree toppers are 30% off
    • Select John Deere merchandise is 33% off

Have you noticed the featured items on the right side of our new home page?  These items are discounted exclusively on the web, and we’ve included a wide variety of gifts and decorations.  If you want to see more choices, just click the refresh button on your browser.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so check out our Breast Cancer Theme.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We here at The Christmas Place would like to remind everyone that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast health is important for everyone, women and men alike, and we support organizations that are active in the pursuit of a cure.  For more information, please visit National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As with most organizations, we have several breast cancer survivors on staff, and many who have been touched by it in some way.  Christmas Place offers a variety of merchandise in support of the search for a cure.  Check out our selection here ~ items like these also make great Christmas – or anytime – gifts!

We wish you good health ~ early detection and treatment are critical, so don’t delay, inform and educate yourself, and take the steps necessary to take care of your health.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Food for Friday

We’re enjoying fall in the mountains, with chilly nights that come on early and call for crackling fires and warm socks.  (Okay, nevermind that it feels like it got to about 80 degrees today in the valley…it’s going to be cold and rainy overnight, and chilly again tomorrow….work with me…)  It’s time for a nice crock pot stew, simmering slowly and filling the house with aromas that say comfort and home.

Our good friends at Gooseberry Patch have the perfect cook book to take us through fall in good taste ~ Harvest Kitchen, Savor autumn’s best family recipes, a bushel of tips and gifts from the kitchen…all to warm your home this season.  I knew I would find the perfect recipe for my weekend here.  As722020 Harvest Kitchen Cookbook with all Gooseberry Patch publications, this volume is filled not only with a variety of delicious, tried-and-true recipes, but also with cooking tips, easy decorating ideas, and gift giving suggestions for fall.  Chapters include Fireside Favorites, Touchdown!, Halloween Tricks & Treats, and Thanksgiving on a Bun (sounds like a great resource for turkey leftovers…).

I picked a stew from the Slowly-Simmered Suppers chapter:

Nancy’s Winter Stew, Nancy Fagan, Warminster, PA

10-3/4 oz can tomato soup
1/2 C dry red wine or beef broth
1-1/3 C water
1/2 C onion, chopped
1/4 t Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
14-1/2 oz can green beans, drained
1 dozen frozen meatballs

Mix together in a slow cooker soup, wine or broth and water.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 9 hours.  Makes 4 servings.

Those prep and cooking instructions are just the easiest.  Add a loaf of artisan bread, a few slices of your favorite cheese, and some tangy olives ~ and call me for dinner!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Shout out!

This is a shout out to one of our readers, Kathy H. from Toccoa, Georgia!  I got to meet Kathy here at Christmas Place yesterday – and she even let me sell her the red Egyptian Glass ornament pictured in my last post.

Thanks for stopping in to visit the store, Kathy.  I hope Santa is back before you leave so you can get that picture you’re hoping for!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Egyptian Museum Glass Signing

This Saturday, October 24th, Linda Abdelhameed will be in the store to sign your purchases from our Egyptian Museum Glass collection.  These beautiful Christmas ornaments, vases, compotes, and jars are mouth blown, then etched by hand and decorated with 24 kt gold.  Each piece is a work of art, and my photos here really do not do them justice.  They are sparkling, elegant creations that you’ll want to display in your home year round.

Red Cut-Glass Compote

Red Cut-Glass Compote

The signing will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If you are unable to be here but would like to purchase a signed piece of this lovely glass collection, just give us a call at 1-800-445-3396 and we’ll take your order.

Red Gold Ornament

In addition to the red and lavender pieces pictured here, we offer blue, gold, green, and even black glass pieces, as well as a group in pink with cut-glass ribbons in support of the effort to defeat breast cancer.  There is also a wonderfully unique assortment of glass ornaments.

Lavendar Vases and Jar

Lavender Vases and Jar

 For a truly grand gift or a special addition to your personal collection of glass, be sure to stop by the store this Saturday.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

Is anyone else diggin’ these mugs – I don’t know, do they qualify as ‘retro’?  It reminds of the graphic style of the George Jetson era ~ and I love the colors and faux antique finishes.  Santa’s Diner, open 364 days a year; Buck’s Peak sleighs and skis; and Fresh Firs Tree Lot.  I love this collection – there are funky plates and trays available in the group as well.

Retro mugs

 Ornaments – yes, we have a few around here….in this collection, you can put together the nativity story, or just select a couple in the series that best fit your Christmas sensibilities.

Nativity ornament

Shepherd ornament

I can’t resist that little sheep face!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Snowman Sleigh Giveaway Winners!

I picked six winners today!  Well, really, the computer picked them for me, I don’t have any influence on the outcome.

Tara G., Baytown, Texas
Darlene J., Bessemer, Alabama
Sharon H., Eau Claire, Wisconsin (I’ve been there!)
Allison A., Prattville, Alabama
Teresa L., Huntingdon, Tennessee
Courtney, a Facebook friend!

This is really fun – I see several of our Facebook friends have won!  Watch for an e-mail from me, and your prizes will be headed your way next week ~ I really hope you enjoy this charming plush Christmas decoration.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered ~ I hope to be back with another giveaway, as soon as I’ve raided the warehouse for something good.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone – there may be snow on Mount Le Conte tonight!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Food for Friday

Isn’t it just about time to start thinking up ways to lure the family home for Thanksgiving?  (I know, there’s Halloween to come yet, but holiday travel plans have to be made in advance, you know…)

If you’re looking for some new, tempting ideas and dishes, Coming Home with Gooseberry Patch, a 2007 publication, is packed with wonderful recipes and gift ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, bake sales, barbecues, bonfires, and more.

722033 Coming Home CookbookThe photos and illustrations in the book are rich and colorful, and the recipes and ideas easy to execute.  Does anyone have a cast iron pie iron I can borrow?  Because I really need to try the “Chuck Wagon Cherry Pies” to bake over a campfire – cherry pie filling, almond extract, and pound cake…  The Gifts for Giving chapter  includes both food gifts and easy, crafty ideas for useful, personalized items that will be holiday and year-round treasures for years to come.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving food traditions is a creamy green-pea-and-asparagus casserole with water chestnuts for a surprise crunch and a cheesy topping; and although it’s just not a holiday to me without a minced meat pie on the dessert menu, I’m willing to sample other choices.  Occasionally.  If I have to.  Here’s one I’d be more than willing to try this November.

Mom’s Apple-Cranberry Pie

1 C sugar, divided
1 t cinnamon, divided
1/3 C water
2 T all-purpose flour
1 t orange zest
4 Golden Delicious applies, cored, peeled, and sliced
1-1/2 C cranberries
2 9-inch pie crusts
1 egg white, beaten
Optional:  vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Combine one teaspoon sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.  Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon, water, flour, and zest in a large saucepan; stir in apples and cranberries.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until cranberries burst, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat; cool.  Arrange one crust in a 9″ pie plate.  Spoon apple mixture into crust; top with remaining crust.  Trim and flute edges and cut vents in crust.  Brush crust with egg white; sprinkle with reserved sugar-cinnamon mixture.  Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes; remove foil and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.  Serve warm, with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

Here’s a little tip on whipped cream – flavor it with two drops of pumpkin or hazelnut flavoring, or a dash of espresso powder – for a bit of holiday flare!575297 Jim Shore Turkey

And here’s a funky Jim Shore turkey standing on a pumpkin that I’m including just because it’s so fun!  I would love to center piece little Tommy here on my Thanksgiving table.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Last Day for Giveaway!

This is the last day to register to win one of my Snowman Sleighs!  We’ve had a lot of entries, but there’s still time to get your name in the pot.  Click the picture to be taken to the sweepstakes entry site.


I’ll pick the winners tomorrow (Friday, October 16th) and will announce the names. 

It’s been such a dreary, rainy week here in East Tennessee, I’m anxious to spread a little cheer with my six snowmen!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place