Whats a little cardboard and styrofoam between friends?

Why, it’s a Labor Day tent sale at Christmas Place, of course!  We know you won’t mind a little of both – when we’re taking off another 40% at checkout!

As-is Christmas trees priced to move to your car!

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year, when we fill the tent with lots of clearance goodies – and not just Christmas decorations, you’ll also find all-season décor, a few toys, and who knows what else.  We’re pulling more stuff out of the truck all week long, so the selection will continue to change.  If you’re a keen shopper, you’ll find some sweet gifts in the mix.

The cash register will automatically take an additional 40% off the price of your items!

The sale will continue through Sunday, September 8th, so there’s plenty of time if you’re near enough to come and shop.  If not, check out the Sale area at ChristmasPlace.com – through Saturday, August 31st, everything is an additional 25% off, plus we are offering free freight for orders over $75.

Funny story from Day 1 (being…today!) .. a couple of ladies spent some time going through the tent, and in the end they discovered they could not quite fit all their purchases into the SUV – the one with the luggage carrier on top and already fairly well packed.  These darling women came back to our tent with a donation for our staff – their supply of ice-cold water bottles!  They had to edit the contents of their vehicle, and then spend a bit of time shoving and pushing and rearranging until they managed to find a corner in the car for all that they had bought – but they were determined not to leave any new treasures behind.  Our elves were so very grateful for their generous contribution to the tent sale on this hot day.

Maybe you need a striking, irridescent tree in your foyer?

Yes, we tell that story as a challenge to the true shoppers out there!  Come and see what goodies you’ll find.

Something in pink or silver?

Don’t forget a browse through the other stores while you are here.  We’ve been putting out all sorts of new products and styles for next Christmas – and there’s a gorgeous fall display in our Floral Department – more on that next week.

A peachy-pink delight for the wee little ones?

Happy Labor Day!  We hope you are able to enjoy a little extra time off, perhaps with a barbeque or picnic, and even a few fireworks on the side.  We’ll be here, spreading Christmas cheer!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  If it’s a fine, new Christmas tree you’re after this year, we are still offering free shipping to continental U.S. destinations for a few more days…  And our “Buy 2, get a 3rd free” ribbon sale is continuing in the store.

It’s Rush Week!

Are you rushing or being rushed this week?  We’re talking to college kids who are interested in Greek organizations, not you fanatics (like us) who are starting to panic upon the realization that it is only 19 WEEKS TIL CHRISTMAS! (LIKE US!)  WHAT?!  Does the thought of it leave you feeling something like this…..

Just think about it tomorrow, Cleopatra!

Anyway, back to school .. from Coton Colors, we have a really cute collection of ornaments for Greek organizations – including selections with mascots and flowers as well as just Greek letters.  These 4″ glass ornaments are decorated with a coordinating grosgrain ribbon on each, and packaged in matching boxes.

  They are a very classy way to show your pride at Christmas – and you will want to keep it on display all year.  You can easily personalize these with a Sharpie marker or paint pen.

 

Bright colors and clear, crisp lettering presented in a really fun way – take a look and see if we have your organization today!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  For a little SEC rivalry, search “Coton Colors” on our shopping site and check out our selection of college ornaments – we even have “House Divided” for Alabama and Florida!  (Well bless your heart, you’re not from the South, are you? Well, that stands for Southeastern Conference, just the best athletic league in the nation, IOHO.)

P.S.S. Cleopatra – you know, the queen of de-nial?!  Yeah, now you’re getting it!

Snowbabies!

It has been more than 25 years since Kristi Jensen Pierro first revived the Snowbabies collectible with her simple, sweet drawings and bisque figurines for Department 56.  In the tradition of figures dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, she draws inspiration from her own life experiences, photos, and stories expressed through designs reflecting the activities of small children.  Many years later, her designs continue to gain popularity as her themes have kept up with modern society – like “Spa Date” and “Zero Calorie Cupcake” – wouldn’t we love both of those in real life?!  Here are some photos from releases this year.  In addition to updated themes, Snowbabies now frequently come with colorful knit accessories and glittering accents.  The Snowbabies themselves are generally about 3″ to 4″ tall – don’t be fooled by these larger-than-life photographs.

"Flash Drive"

Wedding Snowbabies

Snowbabies celebrate a very classy Christmas!

A Very Deer Pair

SnowDreams - adding a little glitter for the holidays!

Animals are often featured in the Snowbabies collection – especially the polar variety!

This snowman is lit from within for a warm glow on a winter's night.

Snowbabies Baby - we can personalize many of these for a new wee addition to the family!

Snowbabies also come from many popular children’s stories and personalities, such as The Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cinderella,  Winnie the Pooh, Kermit & Miss Piggy, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, and more.

The Tin Man

You will also find Snowbabies around at Easter time with decorated eggs and cute little bunnies.

"Somebunny Special"

Snowbabies are also made in a wide variety of ornaments (many of which we will personalize for you here in the store!).  The glittering shadow box series is new in red this year.

Shadow Box Ornaments

You’ll often find Snowbabies collections on display year round.  Made from porcelain bisque with hand-painted faces and hand-applied detailing, each is meticulously crafted – and very charming!  Those unique “snow crystals” are made by a process of forcing a clay mixture through a series of increasingly fine screens until the right shaving stage is achieved.  Each figure is then painted with a bisque slip and the shavings are carefully applied in the proper areas.
The variety of styles in both figurines and ornaments, including many angel-themed pieces, make Snowbabies a wonderful gift for so many occasions – new baby, girlfriend fun, family events, and, of course, at Christmas.  There are also several varieties of accessory trees in colors to compliment the Snowbabies series.  Take a closer look at these delightful babies and their friends – you just might meet a new friend yourself!
Keep it snowy!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
P.S.  Don’t forget our Department 56 artist signing on Saturday, November 2nd, with Scott Enter.  Although he designs primarily for the village collection, as a representative of Department 56’s creative team, he will sign Snowbabies on request.  Details will be posted on our Event Calendar next week.

Boo!

Did I scare you?!  Well, Halloween is only 92 days away!

Yes, I know we are a Christmas store .. but some of the other holidays still sneak in on us, too.  One of our most popular displays is the Department 56 Snow Village Halloween – a dark little corner of our store upon which Elf Yvonne has lavished much loving care and attention.  Take a look.  (To see the full-size picture, click on the image two times.)

I know what you’re thinking – “if we could just get rid of that pesky desire to eat at a table/sit on a sofa from time to time, wouldn’t the dining/living room be just the perfect spot to create our permanent Halloween village?!  Best use of space.  EVER.”  Yeah, we get that a lot.

We can’t really help you with that, but we’ll keep showing you what could be!  There are several series within the Halloween Village, and here are the latest haunting additions.

Haunted Rails "Jack & His Lanterns", powered by the Engine in this collection.

 

Witch Hollow - Three Witches Cauldron Haunt - the cauldrons change color!

 

Trick-Or-Treat Lane - The Pumpkin House - lined with Jack-o-Lanterns.

Haunted Rails - Blood Creek Jailhouse - Population recently reduced to 13...

 And the Haunted Rails Grain Elevator, highlighted by a rat on the roof and more munching on the grain and generally enjoying the run of the place.  Ick.  Just ick.

Featuring the art work of Travis Louie, Dolly's World of Hypnosis

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Dolly, sister, you have got yourself some issues!

Now, for the sake of a certain elf who shall remain nameless (Penny) but who has a well-documented clown phobia (Penny), I am refraining from showing here The Clown House of Terror.  I’ll just say that it includes one scary-looking clown face (sorry, Penny)!

The Department 56 Halloween collection includes the most whimsical (if not some down right freaky) accessories, too!  Witches, skeletons, The Grim Reaper, The Headless Horseman, tombstones, crypts, and the versatile Foggy Point Platform that generates a ghostly mist – details like these will really bring your village of the dead .. to life.  Can I say it that way?

As the catalog says, here’s hoping you “Scare up a perfectly decorated Holiday” – with shivers of Halloween delight!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

 P.S.  It’s only 146 sleeps ’til Christmas!  If you’re shopping for a new Christmas tree this year, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING to U.S. continental destinations – but only for a limited time.