Elves Behind the Scenes: Picnic Time!

If you’ve been to the store or the hotel, you surely know how hard the elves work every day to make everything special for you.  Each August, our “owners & outlaws” (as we call them) host the elves at a pre-season kick-off picnic – it’s one of our favorite days – after Christmas, of course.  Our Elf on the Shelf, Chrissy, sent out the invitations a few weeks ago.

What other tent color would Santa have but red and white?

The food was a special treat – Chef Manolo Diaz flew in from Puerto Rico to cook for us – and who else but a chef would fly in with a GIANORMOUS paella pan – big enough to feed everyone at the North Pole.  Finally, we can answer that nagging question that so often wakes you up in the middle of the night.  Just how big a pan do I need to cook a meal for 200 elves all at one time?


How many airplane seats do you suppose that thing took??

Also hiding underneath all the *shiny* foil (you know I love shiny!) was tender, garlic-marinated pork.

Even the most responsible elf sometimes can’t resist a quick sampling before dinner gets to the table….

It’s the owners and outlaws turn to serve the elves, and we get to thank them for all they do for us throughout the year.

Chrissy loved the red peppers and green olives in the Christmas – make that chicken – paella.

Now here’s how you really dig in, elf-style!  Go for it!

Ho, hum. No milk bone treats for me? Sorry, Latina, hopefully we’ll remember next year.

Can’t have pork and paella without brownies. BIG brownies. PLENTY of BIG brownies.

Because, BROWNIES.  (Oh, Chrissy.)

Chrissy encouraged the elves to share a little instant praise with each other, too, for the great teamwork that keeps us all on the mark each day.

It’s a great time for the elves from both sides of the parkway to relax together and enjoy conversation over a good meal.

More dessert, Chrissy? Can we teach you about the elf way of sharing, dear?

Now it’s time to get down to the good stuff – to finish decorating all our Christmas trees, throw a bunch of new lights up on the roof, fill the racks with new ornaments and gifts and goodies, and keep singing loud for all to hear – so you’ll all join in the Christmas cheer! We’re sure looking forward to seeing you at the store between now and Christmas.

~Janet @ Christmas Place

P.S. If a trip to Tennessee is not in your stocking, just join us at www.christmasplace.com – we’ll be adding new goodies every day until Christmas.

Move Over, Reindeer – Time for the Elf Games!

The reindeer at the North Pole aren’t the only ones who enjoy games – the elves like to compete, too!

Friday, it was a “Decorate the Tree” contest.  Each elf team was asked to design and decorate using an unique tree theme they dreamed up themselves.

The competition was fierce, as teams had only 5 minutes to select a theme, scour the store for products, and produce the final result.

Our design and display elves did the judging, and here are the results.

Peach, Purple, & White Dream

Winner, Most Effective Color Presentation

Casualty of Battle: Tree Down! Tree Down in Quad 2!

Grand Prize Winner, Overall Design & Designers’ Favorite!

Proving that elves make good team players, everyone has a creative side if they take the time to give it a try, and … you can put a lot of stuff onto a 3′ tree!!

Only 128 sleeps – and 18 Saturdays – until Christmas – and it’s never too late to start trying to be good…

~Janet @ Christmas Place

P.S.  Don’t miss our August 2014 Sale-on-Sales!  On line or in the store, take an extra 40% off anything with a clearance price ending in 97 cents.  Expires 08/31/2014.


Letters to Santa

Santa is at the North Pole this week (though judging from the picture he’s sending us for Facebook, we’re not totally persuaded he is there yet…), and the Christmas letters are really starting to roll in.  Some of the elves get to read through them while Santa is away, and they’ve brought a few to be shared with you.  Enjoy!

Don’t be afraid to dream big, and keep sending those letters!  And remember, as Santa will tell you, on Christmas eve he really likes sugar cookies with icing to go with his glass of milk.

~Janet @ Christmas Place


Friday Floral Frenzy!

We want to showcase more of our design work in floral arrangements.  We aren’t able to offer it online very often because so many pieces are one-of-a-kind, but the team is doing such beautiful work, I can’t help showing off a few pieces!

They have an incredible variety of interesting items to work with, of course, including a ribbon closet that just sets the heart aflutter.  Here are a few of my favorites of the week.  (Remember to click on the picture two times to see the full-size photos.)

Snowy White Angel Tabletop

Sparkling Deer Wreath

Toasty Bear Wreath

Father Christmas Tabletop

Snowy Pair of Deer Wreath

Ho-Ho-Ho Santa Wall Arrangement

You can tell, they love working in any color and any style, from elegant to folksy.  My second favorite is the last one with the carved-looking Santa.

Of course, their favorite is custom design work, when you pick out the flowers and colors you want.  Give us a call, we’ll be happy to go to work for you.

~Janet @ Christmas Place

P.S. Speaking of Santa, he’ll be at the North Pole next week – so you’d better come and meet Gingerbread and Rudolph – they get to play while Santa is up north!