What Else Have We Been Up To

Christmas Place Store Tour, Part B…more pictures, this time from Santaland and our new Smoky Mountain room.  Like I said, we’ve been having fun!

We started here:

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And we ended here!

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As the sign says, Welcome to our neck of the woods!

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This being the mountains, we have to acknowledge our historical traditions, of course…good thing there are a couple of bears on the lookout for any untimely visits by the revenue men.

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Where do you keep your red canoe?  Ours is being taken for a joy ride by a pack of pic-a-nic-ing bears!

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I’d better go find out what they’ve changed today!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

Christmas Time Capsule from My House to Yours!

My father handed me a folder of papers on Saturday that had suddenly surfaced from a drawer or a box or a cabinet somewhere.  Let me tell you, you just never know what scraps from your past your parents have tucked away, and when they’ll appear.  This folder includes my high school transcripts (B+ in typing), some ancient achievement tests (College Board Admissions Testing Program, wherein I am rated well below average for pursuing a career in the field of science), SAT scores (English, fine; Math, not so much), college transcripts ( I DO NOT remember getting a B in bowling!), and – wow – a bill for a hospital room visit for a couple of stitches, total $87.29, my share was $17.40.  Now that’s a true blast from the past!  Sometime after 12 October 1980, I filled up my car with nine gallons of gas for a whopping $10.60 – over $1 a gallon.  Those were the days…

Behind all that stuff (including a few school compositions and my first-ever typed resume, no job experience at all), is the stuff I’m here to talk about.  Yes, this is it, possibly my first letter to Santa – and it’s a poem!  Check it out:

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My mom wrote my name on the saved slip of paper.  (Don’t ask me about the burn marks along the edge, I don’t remember the fire.)  To go along with it, here’s my dad’s handwritten reply:

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Dad has played piano all his life, and composed his own music and songs, so there is always scoring paper around the house.

But wait, it gets better!  Here’s another poem I composed around the same time, I’m guessing, as my handwriting is very similar.

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I know you’re thinking, “wow, that girl was quite the poet laureate of her family!”

However, there is one more gem of a poem in the folder, this one by my younger sister.  And you’d better believe I’m wasting no time in teasing her about the churches feeding “the poor people and the pheasants.”  Pheasants??  Ha ha ha ha ha ha!  Girl, you messed that one up good!  (Yes, we’re sisters, what did you expect?  Loving support?  Pffft.  Have you met me and my sisters?!)

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I don’t know about you, but I think these need to be framed and hung in a place of honor, on display year round.  Rarely do you see such genius word-smithing in ones so young.

Well, anyway, they will be a treasure for my family, at least, for some time to come.  Do you have a collection of your children’s masterpieces tucked away somewhere?  We’d love to see them.

Christmas is all about the memories we make with families and friends.  Be sure to cherish your own collection!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

What’s Been Going On Around Here, You Ask?

You know we take our winters very seriously here at Christmas Place – no, we don’t get to go on vacation along with Santa!  It’s one of the busiest times of the year for the elves, when we get to work play in the store, making everything new and different and fun and better for your next visit!  We’ve taken out old carpet, put a lot of fresh paint on the walls (and even the ceilings), moved the stairs, moved trees, moved shelves, moved … more things than we can count.

Knowing you, you really don’t want to have to wait until you’re here to see the results, do you??  Lucky day – I’ve been taking lots of pictures around the store, and … here we go.  Incredible Christmas Place Store Tour 2015, Part A.  (There are so many more photos to show, I’m going to have to add more parts than I thought. And, no, we’re not even finished yet, I have more photographs to take, too.)

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Spring Garden Shoppe – yes, this is a repeat, but it’s right inside the front door so I thought I would start here!

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It’s as if we have all the ornaments on the tree, and now we need to add garlands and ribbons and fluff.  There is so much more to come – we’re moving the tree forest, moving the lights .. you name it, we’re figuring out how/where/when to move it.  Hmmm.  You might want to plan some extra time for you next visit, because as we used to say in my house growing up, “don’t sit down in a dark room because the furniture’s been moved!”  (Thanks, Dad.)

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place