Wreaths Across America

Each year at this time I like to remind everyone about Wreaths Across America.  This non-profit organization pursues the goal of honoring every one of our fallen soldiers with a grave wreath at Christmas time.  Please visit their site for more information, to make a donation, to request a wreath, or to find out how you can help on wreath-laying day.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Dedication Day

It’s been a special day here at Christmas Place.  Early this morning, staff of Christmas Place, The Inn at Christmas Place, and The Partridge & Pear Restaurant gathered at our new fountain for a special dedication.

As you may know, we are a family-owned business.  In August this year, we suffered the very untimely death of our president, Keith Biggs.  Keith was a very creative and compassionate leader who daily shared with us his vision for the future of the company.  He encouraged every one of us to achieve our best, both for the company and personally.  We really miss Keith’s presence around here, but share wonderful memories of the too-short time he was with us.  More than just a boss, he was our friend. 

If you ever visited any of our properties, there is a very good chance you met Keith and he served you without your ever knowing he was our president.  Making the spirit of Christmas real for every guest was one of his passions.  To commemorate his role in our present success and his inspiration for our future growth as individuals and as a company, staff and his family decided to dedicate our new fountain courtyard to Keith’s memory.  The plaque is completed, and it will be mounted to a marble base with a permanent installation by the fountain.  We unveiled the plaque this morning, and want to share the message with you.

Keith lived every bit of that dash between his dates, and we feel blessed for having known him.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Department 56 News

Artist Signing

Dept 56 Designer Scott Enter

Scott Enter heads the creative team that designs all the Department 56 villages, and he developed the latest concept, “Winters Frost” – those lovely, beautifully frosted,  lighted buildings that come on a base with appropriate trees and extras.  I love them – especially the new cottage & the church!

Scott also enjoys figuring out how to add lights, animation, and sound to villages, and he’s looking forward to meeting our guests and finding out what they’d like to see in their villages – this means YOU.  Come with your questions and your brilliant suggestions – creativity starts with you, you know!  Saturday, November 13th, 2010, 1 to 4 pm.  We’ll be giving away two door prizes.

Department 56 Secondary Market

On Saturday & Sunday, November 13th & 14th, we’re hosting our annual Secondary Market sale for Department 56 collectors, in our courtyard tent.  This is when private collectors bring their own pieces to sell or trade with others.  It’s a great opportunity to find out-of-production pieces to complete your own collection.  We also have a couple of tables still available to rent, if you have some pieces you’d like to sell.

The New Gift Sets Are In!

We’ve received our inventory of the new Department 56 gift sets, those special sets that include a building and an accessory piece for a super low price.  Follow the link above, and you’ll find them all pictured on the right side of the page (conveniently located below our “free shipping on D56 orders” ad!).  This is the cutest of the new lot ~ Peppermint Pete’s Candy Factory for your North Pole Village!

Peppermint Pete’s Gift Set

Department 56 Retirements 2010

We have the hot little list in our hands, but you know how it is .. we could tell you today, but then we’d have to kill you, and that’s just not good for business!  We’ll announce the retirements tomorrow, so stay tuned – they’ll be flagged on our shopping site, and you’ll have a chance to buy up the last of our inventory.

So, have you started making room for your village yet this year?  I’ve also been snatching up these adorable Snowpinion snowmen from D56.  Ornaments, figurines, and night lights – with these cute little faces – what’s not to love!

We’ve just received a new shipment of Department 56 collectibles, so we’ll be well-stocked for the signing.  Make plans to come to the store a week from Saturday, meet the designer and have your selections signed, and tour our beautiful village displays.  Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to tell you about their own displays, too – they have learned a lot over the years, and enjoying sharing their own tips for decorating for the holidays with your lighted houses and accessories.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place