Pop-Up Spring Shoppe at Christmas Place

Because it’s been a hard winter for so many around us, I thought I’d add that extra “pe” on the end – put a little zing into Spring at Christmas Place!  Look at all the lovely blooms and baubles we’ve brought in to brighten up the place for a little while.  You can find many of these items in our “New” or the “Christmas Floral” selection on the web site, or click here.  We hope you’ll enjoy these photos for now.



























And somehow, the aqua bunnies and the Morning Glory mini-jar came home with me after this photo session .. funny how that sort of thing can happen.  Happy Spring, y’all!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Antidote for a rainy day…

After a lovely sunny and warmed-up weekend here in East Tennessee, we’re hit with a rainy Monday .. Antidote?  A walk in our flower-filled garden!  These fresh, spring blooms should brighten your day and keep the week on a good track.

Silk flower arrangements and buckets of flower stems.

Silk forsythia and dogwood blooms and a spring arrangement of purples, blues, and yellows.

Bright yellow, green, red, and pink silk flower, leaves, and arrangements.

 My favorites – giant pink and lavender peony blooms!

For a more subtle garden, peonies and roses that have a delicate, tea-dyed look.

Buckets of silk peonies and roses in antiqued or tea-dyed shades of white.

If you can find it, this arrangement of flowers and birdhouse is attached to a grapevine chair, making this a wonderful and welcoming arrangement for a front porch.

Do you decorate your fireplace for spring?  Our floral team has created a colorful white, pink, lavender, and raspberry garland, highlighted with a couple bluebirds – for the happiness that comes especially with spring!

So many ways to add pink – berries, ribbons, glitter, a butterfly – if we added a strand of pink LED lights inside the mesh box, it would be a pink dream!   Too much?  Never!

Let’s not forget the wildflowers – and bear cubs – that we love so much up in the Smokies!

We start our Spring Break store hours this Saturday, March 16th – we’ll be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week – taking advantage of those new evening daylight hours we’re enjoying.  If you’re headed to the mountains, be sure to stop in and say “hello!”  We’ve missed you since Christmas!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Spring is also the time of new releases from many of the companies that our collectors love, so it’s a good time to check our site for the newest items.

Dolly Parade Today!

Today is the day of the annual Dolly homecoming parade in Pigeon Forge, and Santa’s float is being polished and primed even now!  Hope you’ll have a chance to come down and wave at us in the parade – at 6 pm on the Parkway, starting at light 6 and heading north to light 3.  We’re about halfway back in the parade this year, and Mrs. Claus as well as Uncle Sam will be riding along with us this year.

We’re also expecting an extra special guest on the float with us – Kaedyn Griffin, a student at Sevierville Primary School, was the winner of our drawing contest last November, and she’ll be riding with Santa today.  We’re sure happy to have Kaedyn aboard!

Just remember that it is NOT weird to shout “Merry Christmas!” in May, particularly if you are shouting it out to Santa and his team of elves in the Dolly Parade!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  We will also accept Feliz Navidad, Mele Kalikimaka, Joyeux Noel, Fröhliche Weihnachten, E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!, and any other language you would like to use to share your holiday spirit!

More S(pring) Stuff

Spring also means new fabrics and styles from Vera Bradley, your favorite bag collection.  They always come up with the niftiest ideas – check out their new laptop bag for frequent flyers – this is in Ellie Blue, a nod to their classic elephant pattern of past years.

Here’s another example of this pattern, in a simple tote bag.










Rosie Posies shades of red, in Eloise and a couple of accessory pieces.

My personal favorite and a very classy pattern, Camellia, in the new Abby bag.

And a bright and colorful choice appropriately called “Island Blooms,” in the newest Bowler bag.

We have a great selection of all the current fabrics and bag styles, so come visit The Boutique and check them out!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Letters to Santa .. and the Easter Bunny?



Dear Santa,

Please give this to the Easter Bunny.  I want a BIG dump truck, a snow plow, a Red low boy and a blue cement mixer.  And a crane tractor.  I haven’t been very good so far this year.  My little brother is better than me.  Koen is his name.  This is the only thing I want in my whole life!



I can’t help but think that Bode just may not be a young lad .. kinda sounds like it could be a grown-up wish list for some big toys, don’t you think??

~Janet @ The Christmas Place





I Mulched!

Longtime readers know that I was not one born to a life of yard work, and have only come lately to the management of the green green grass of home.  With winter ending rather early here in the south, I’m actually going to have to mow the lawn before the end of March this year.  Crazy, I know!

I have some cleaning to do first – my maple trees tend to shed limbs every time the boy down the street whistles a happy tune .. thankfully, they don’t fall on the roof .. and don’t get me started on the Magnolia.  I would like to find the person who thought the lowest branches should be severely pruned, exposing all the fallen seed heads.  I really want to thank that person for leaving me with the task of picking them all up.

Dogwood Bloom

Look how close we are to dogwood blooms in my valley ~ this little guy must have popped open just hours before I got home yesterday.  We’re having a beautiful spring.

But the thing that is making me the most potentially-less-stressed (can’t bring myself to quite say ‘happy’) about yard work this summer is that I finally realized – – – MULCH.  Why didn’t you ever tell me to try mulch before?  I’m prepared to forgive, but really, I could have been mulching two years ago and saving myself so much time.

I have mulched!

There’s a large-ish patch at the end of the front porch that was at one time covered with black plastic, with a couple of bushes coming up through and a line of decorative grass along the edge.  Til yesterday, it was a battleground where dandelions, strawberry vines, and assorted flowering weeds struggled to maintain an encampment,against my random, periodic attacks of pulling everything up.  Mostly, I just tried to keep everything short enough that the neighbors below could not see the jungle.  This morning, it is a tranquil oasis of mulch.   Victory for me!

Similar enclaves scattered around the yard have no doubt heard about my triumph by now, and are trembling in anticipation of their own impending annihilation.  I have more bags of mulch, and I am not afraid to use them! 

My plan is to mulch everything I can’t reach with the mower.  I’m sure I’ll still have to deploy the weed whacker in a few areas, but ultimate yard domination is now within my grasp.  I have even earned the right to hang this ornament on my Christmas tree this year, as I posses and have used at least three of the items it includes – I bought new, BIGGER pruning shears this month.  Watch out, forsythia, I’m coming for you next.

Now let’s talk about the goats for the grass……

~Janet @ The Christmas Place


Spring is Bustin’ Out All Over!

Okay, my apologies to Rogers & Hammerstein, but I really want to rewrite that Carousel lyric!  Things don’t wait until June around here to start bustin’ out ~ try to stop a wildflower from blooming when the temperatures approach 80 degrees.  While we don’t have any wildflowers on property, we do have lots of these lovely trees …

… and a few happy pansies …

… and over in The Boutique, where staff is busy stocking up on spring Hatley apparel and a couple of new jewelry lines, we’ve also received the Vera Bradley spring colors …

I’m holding on until early May, when the color I want (Make Me Blush) is scheduled to be delivered in the style I want (Cha Cha Handbag).

I always try to keep up with what’s going on around the county, too.  Here’s a great calendar to bookmark for Pigeon Forge and Sevier County events.  Springfest starts today ~ and we’ll be bringing Santa to the Dolly parade as always.  Wildflower walks, trout fishing, classic car shows, and lots and lots of music – it’s great to be in East Tennessee as winter becomes a memory.  (I will say, though, that there is still plenty of white stuff visible on the far mountain peaks.  At least it’s there today.  I’ll check again tomorrow.)

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

more blooming moments

Early spring in East Tennessee offers an interesting variety of colors in flora and fauna – there were six spectacular blue jays around the bird feeder on Saturday morning, and who flew in but a Red-bellied woodpecker – as brilliantly-colored as the painted illustration in this web link!  He was really sporting his Tennessee orange.  Sadly, I didn’t have the camera with me, but I hope to capture some pics if I see him again.  I also enjoy evening visits from three pairs of doves, along with several cardinals and the usual assortment of songbirds.  They are emptying the bird feeder about every 30 hours right now!

Here are just a few more blooming pictures I couldn’t resist – if you can identify them, please comment for me.  I’m hopeful that I might see a tulip or two – a few leaves have poked up through the earth, but no sight of a bloom yet.





We are amazingly close to the time of the Dogwood Arts Festival ~ can hardly wait!  NO MORE FROST, PLEASE.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place