Pictures! Tree Pictures!

We built a tree in the store this year – two stories tall! – and wrapped it in hundreds? thousands? of brilliant white LED lights.  It’s breathtaking!

It’s only inhabitant so far is this snowy owl.

{Early Alert – start counting the lights now!}

At the bottom of the stairs, a glistening silver & white tree highlited with snowmen, nutcrackers, and winter maidens.

Designer’s tip:  notice that they mixed silver & gold on this tree, along with red poinsettias and black dogwoods.  They also used a few ornament spinners on the tree, and the frosted ornaments really twinkle as they rotate, adding extra life and sparkle to the decorations.

That’s all for today.  Study these over the weekend, there will be a test on Monday!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget our artist signings this weekend with R.J. McDonald, Ne’Qwa Inside Art ornaments, and Ginny McCormack, cookbook author!

“Sunday in the South” Book Signing & More

This Saturday, October 29th, from 1 to 4 pm, Christmas Place hosts author and chef Ginny McCormack for a signing of her book, Sunday in the South.

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More than just a cookbook, although it is filled with delectable recipes, Ginny’s book includes 350 photographs of  food, gorgeous table decor, and beautiful Southern imagery.  Complete dinner menus; quotes, stories, and humorous anecdotes; and tips and techniques fill each chapter, making this much more than a simple cookbook – it’s a story about incorporating food into the best times of our lives with Southern  grace, hospitality, and congeniality.

Chapter topics and recipes cover a range from “A Formal Sunday Feast” to “A Comfort Food Family Dinner,” “A Seafood Lunch on the Porch,” “A Hearty Outdoor Dinner,” and “Ten Southern Classics,” and include breakfast and other meals.  I’m going to check out her recipe for Southern Key Lime Pie – it’s my personal favorite, and I’ve been gathering ideas for making the best!  In the mean time, can I interest anyone in Southern Home Style Meatloaf with Sweet Chili Glaze,  Creamy Corn Pudding, and White Cheddar Cornbread, finished with Peach Bread Pudding?  (I would just choose today to write about this, when I left my lunch sitting on the kitchen counter at home!!)

Ginny is a cooking instructor, speaker, author, food columnist, editor of an online magazine, and host of GinnyMcCormackCooks.com.  She has appeared regularly as a T.V. chef.  She lives with her family in Marietta, Georgia, and enjoys writing and teaching about the art of Southern hospitality and new Southern cuisine.

This is Ginny’s first visit to Christmas Place, and we are looking forward to meeting her.  Her book would make a fabulous Christmas or special occasion gift!

Also at 1 o’clock on Saturday, our Floral Department will be demonstrating  how to assemble and decorate the mesh boxes that are such a favorite for holiday decor – and especially since they can be themed for any occasion, not just Christmas.

We’ll see you Saturday!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Two more signings on Saturday – you can take care of all your Christmas at one time! – Ne’Qwa Inside Art Ornaments, painted on the inside of glass ornaments – Trieste will be here once again demonstrating her amazing painting technique – sometimes she brings brushes you can buy to try it yourself.  I have painted on glass – it’s a very mental challenge, because you have to think about the image in reverse order from traditional surface painting.  (This iconic snowman & cardinal image is my personal choice – I got mine signed when it was first released in 2008.)

R. J. McDonald is back with us for the weekend to sign his wonderful Santa prints and giclees – some of which can be personalized by adding your family names to Santa’s “nice” list!

Come see us!

On-line Only Specials!

Don’t you love specials?  Just in time to place your orders before the holiday rush, we have three offers that will help you get ready to decorate for Christmas!

 

Possible Dreams Santa figurines – 15% off!  These are very special characters that will become family heirlooms – funny Santas dressed for different occassions, often accompanied by other favorite characters like Mrs. Claus and Rudolf.  Included in the collection are several really charming Charlie Brown figures along with a Mickey & Minnie.

Fontanini Nativities – 20% off!  These highly-collectible nativity pieces and sets will be treasuered additions to your celebration.  You can design your own nativity, starting with a stable and adding all the people and animals you like, or purchase a complete set.  Landscaping elements, ornaments, and a handsome snowglobe are also part of the sale.

Christmas Tree Garland – Buy 2, get a 3rd free!  Now that’s a good deal!  You’re going to need at least 3 strands to wrap your tree, aren’t you?  Maybe even more?  Well, I know I do for MY tree (okay, maybe not for the 3′ pink foil one I showed you last year…).  We carry so many styles, and almost half of them are included in the sale – from whimsical peppermint candies to realistic-looking popcorn (guaranteed not to attract bugs), gumdrops, pearls, snowflakes, balls in all colors – I think you’ll find what you’re looking for! 

Also, through the end of this month when we’re focusing on Breast Cancer victims and survivors, don’t forget to enter our Vera Bradley tote giveaway – we’ll draw the winner on November 1st.

I don’t mean to scare you, but there are only 62 days left til Christmas!  Just sayin…

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  I almost forgot to mention – FREE SHIPPING on all Web orders of $75 or more – plus we’ll include a free Snowball Snowman with your order.  Talk about getting more for your money!

Gerald Dickens at The Inn at Christmas Place

Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, returns to The Inn at Christmas Place in November for performances of his one-man enactment of “A Christmas Carol.”  We’re offering a special dinner-and-show package with The Partridge & Pear Restaurant at Christmas Place on Monday, November 14th.

For $48 per person, guests will receive a reserved dinner time at The Partridge & Pear, and a meal including your choice of four Christmas Traditions entrées, a Sweet Potato Ribbons appetizer or Cake from Christmas Past dessert, and a traditional beverage.  The show begins at The Inn at 8:00 pm, with theatre-style seating.

To purchase your tickets for dinner and a show, call the hotel at 1-888-465-9644 (or locally 868-0525).  This would be the perfect way to kick off your holiday season in 2011!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

 

Gathering for Thanksgiving

There are two big reasons I love Thanksgiving:  leftover turkey & cranberry sauce sandwiches, and putting up my Christmas decorations on the day after!

Okay, yes, I also love sweet potatoes and dressing and turkey – and I always bring the mincemeat pie.  But you really have to try a turkey & cranberry sandwich – most delicious.  Oh, and it’s marvelous to stuff myself and watch football in the company of family, too.  (Bigger t.v. set.)

Of course, thanks to The Partridge & Pear chefs, this year I’ll also trying slicing the dressing, grilling it up a bit, and adding that to my turkey sandwich.

If you’re looking to take a day off from cooking the Big Meal, we’re putting on quite a spread at the restaurant for the day.  Check out our menu for the day:

 

 We’ll be seating parties on the hour, starting at 11:00 am – and we won’t make you do the dishes when you’re done.  Come and have lunch with us!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is nice to see how many vendors participate by adding special products to their collections, and donating a portion of sales to the cause of finding a cure!  Here are two of the items we carry in the store.

Jim Shore’s beautiful carved angel ornament, with his signature quilted-looking details, is a lovely piece.

 I’m a fan of these two personalized ornaments – if you’re participating in a walk or run, what a great way to remember the event, with names and dates.

Check out the other items we have on our website in commemoration of the fight to survive and conquer this disease!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Hope Black Bear Ornament

We learned over the weekend that customers are snapping up this black bear ornament in honor of Hope, a black bear that was part of a research study on the bear population in Minnesota.  Hope traveled with her mother, Lily, and another cub named Faith – but always managed to get out of her tracking collar.  She was legally shot by a hunter sometime last month.    Read more about the story here.

We enjoy a sizeable black bear population here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area, too.  According to The Park’s website, this is “one of the few places remaining in the eastern United States where black bears can live in wild, natural surroundings.”  Our bears have been very active this year, and it is awesome – and fearsome – to see them enjoying the land.  A mama and cub sighting is the best, but can be the most dangerous, too.

When you visit Pigeon Forge & Christmas Place, be sure to schedule time for a drive or a hike in our national park – leaf season is coming on, and it’s going to be a beautiful fall!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place