Two for Tuesday – Christmas Decorations

I’m thinking it’s a beauty and a cutie, both on one tree in the Christmas Gallery.  Every tree needs both large and small decorations, as well as sizes in between, for balance and a pleasing aspect.

This distressed-finish [red lantern] is a foot tall (without the handle), and can be used indoors or out.  We’ve added a flameless [burgundy Luminara candle] (not included), and a [plaid ribbon] around the top for a splash of polish and elegance.  I’m also kind of mad for [this cardinal ribbon with greetings] and [this cardinal ribbon] in the picture, too!

Red Lantern

Just love this tiny little winter scene of a brown budgie perched outside his snow covered bird house.  A second bird is hidden behind the tree branch, and a heavy winter frost coats the entire ornament. There is a second style for this ornament; [see them both here.]

Bird & Bird House Ornament

Your Christmas tree will be more interesting and pleasing to view if you include ornaments and decorations in multiple sizes – start with the largest items first (three to five as focal points around the tree at different heights), and add more ornaments as you go down in size with each layer of decorations.  That’s how a 12″ lantern and a 3″ birdhouse work in concert to make beautiful music on your tree!  Okay, I don’t know why I went musical just then, but you get the analogy, right?!  It all works harmoniously together.

We hope you’ll share some of your favorite design ideas and elements with us, either by e-mailing santa@christmasplace.com, or come on over and visit [our Facebook page] and share some pictures with us there.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Coming up this weekend, a signing with the creators of the collectible dog breed ornaments, [Joy to the World Collectibles].  If your best friend is an unique breed, come and take a look at these gorgeous glass ornaments – something outstanding for your Christmas tree!

Joy to the World Collectible Dog Breed Ornaments Signing

Two for Tuesday

I don’t know why I started this with only two –  I complain about that a lot, don’t I?  Well, I’m sorry.  But if you were here in the store with me every day, you’d find it just as hard.

I don’t remember if I’ve yet shared a photo of Santa Claus this year – we just celebrated National Tailgating Day on Saturday, and Santa was in his football jersey, autographing mini footballs for his fans. We may be “All Vols” here at Christmas Place – but we sure wouldn’t turn away any other SEC team fans – or any football fans.  Sports fans, we just love all sports fans.  And spectators.  We love you, too!  Anyway, not the point, Santa is here Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It’s a great time to come and meet him and get a head start on your Christmas card photo session for 2016.  [But if you, too, are All Vol, click here for some UT items!]

Santa tailgating in the courtyard

I hesitate to share this next one, because I know it might inspire a lot of un-Christmas-like envy in some of you .. but here goes.  Yes, if this is your idea of heaven for a workplace, you may have a future on the Christmas Place floral team!  Here, in a secret location in the store, is found a veritable wonderland of design resources.  And yes, I could only enter this room in a pocket-less jumpsuit with booties over my shoes.  True story.  [Click here if you’re immediately inspired to stock up on your holiday ribbons!]

Floral Area Work Station

Okay, yes, I was kidding about the booties!  Wouldn’t you love to have all these design riches at your fingertips each day?  Come to think of it, we probably have some very similar ribbon bolts and floral stems on sale (70% off) in our tent right now.  Hmmm.  Of course, all of this will work in your Christmas tree as well as your garland, wreaths, swags, and other arrangements.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day tent sale continues through Sunday, September 18th – if we don’t run out of goodies before then!  Shop early, and shop often – we’re putting out new things every day, as we have room for them.  You’ll find the tent behind the store.

Two for Tuesday

My two picks of the week (a.k.a. the two picks I made that are on the website.  Y’all, this is so much harder than you might think, because we have 10,000 items on our website but we have 30,000+ items in the store!  You’re just going to have to come and see for yourself; I have so many favorites that you can call to order but haven’t yet been added to www.christmasplace.com.  It can be quite maddening, especially if you love Christmas like I do.):

Christmas Collectors

Even if you aren’t a collector, this gazebo would be a great addition to your holiday decorations.  In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Department 56, they have released a special gazebo for the Dickens Village, Snow Village, and North Pole Village.  This is the [North Pole edition gazebo], with Santa and Mrs. Claus offering a toast to all the residents of the Pole as they celebrate the completion of another successful Christmas Eve delivery.  (They do each have a glass raised in celebration, trust me, it’s just hard (impossible) to get into the photograph.)

Department 56 40th Anniversary North Pole Gazebo - Christmas decoration

Stocking Stuffers

Yes, this is where the line begins to try out for the [Reindeer Games]!  Who can resist these crazy reindeer in their knit sweaters and scarves with over-sized noses and booted feet?  Not Santa!  These fellows would look so cute leaping out of a stocking on Christmas morning…

Whimsical Reindeer - Christmas decoration

It’s 116 days to Christmas.  That’s 17 Saturdays.  Yes, you can officially start to get excited about Christmas, please.  We’re here for you!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day Tent sale starts this Friday – but remember, we’ve moved the tent to a location behind the store, not in the courtyard.  It’s definitely happening, even if can’t see the red-and-white stripes from the parkway.  Come on in and find the bargains you’re looking for to get your holiday decorating underway.

P.P.S.  I almost forgot – National Tailgating Day this Saturday!  For all you North Americans, you know what this means – school colors, a grill, preferably some unhealthy-type food groups.  More to come, but Santa will be tailgating in our courtyard starting at 10 a.m., and the first 500 guests will receive a Santa-autographed football.

Christmas Trees 2016 – “Christmas Cabin”

Our newest Christmas tree theme in the store is already a favorite with elves and guests alike.  The Christmas Cabin theme has a very vintage feel, with classic images of Santa, reindeer ornaments, and snowmen.  We’ve paired a crazy steer made from recycled parts to the mix, along with a classic wooden sled and lots of lights.  This tree has more lights than any similarly-sized tree we’ve ever offered – and it’s quite a show-stopper!

Complimenting the tree decorations is a new collection of dishes, mugs, and flour-sack towels that everyone who loves snowmen will have to have – four different works of snowman art are featured on the two sizes of plates, oversized mugs, and towels.  There’s also a plush snowman wearing a holly wreath necklace and warm ear muffs who’ll keep you company all winter.

Did you notice that we used a tin wash tub on legs as the stand for this tree?  Lots of room underneath for plenty of presents to be dreamed about on Christmas eve.

We hope you enjoy this little Christmas tree tour.  More tree videos will soon be posted, as we have 25 trees to cover this year.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

 

Two for Tuesday

It lives!  Can you believe it?  Yes, Two for Tuesday is back.  The only question is, how long will I be able to keep it to only two?  Especially when I know you want to see more and more!

LED lighting – you know we love it because it’s durable, energy-efficient, and not hot to the touch.  It illuminates this detailed winter scene, highlighting the layers of images in a very charming way – although there was too much sunlight to see it really well in my picture (and I may have forgotten to turn on the lights).  It’s time to use a little of your Christmas imagination.

Cut-out wood chalet scene with fir trees, mountains, and snow, on three levels. LED lit.

The scene is just over 16″ wide x 13″ tall x 3.5″ deep.  This is a decoration that will no doubt become an heirloom for your family – it just won’t be Christmas until someone plugs in the chalet!

Along with that show-stopper, we have a variety of miniature cut-wood scenes lit in the same way but secured under glass domes = no dusting.  That’s a winner!

Wood cut-out shapes illuminated by LED lights, under  a glass dome. Works as an ornament for the Christmas tree.

Just a touch of glitter for an extra sparkle, and natural rope trim keeps everything grounded.  There are several different scenes; as a starting point, we recommend at least three of these ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Wood cut-out shapes under glass domes, LED lit; assorted scenes; ornaments.

They will also sit on a table or in a window – but I wouldn’t want to waste that lovely glass curl on the top of the bell.

Whether you’re an established family, just starting out, or celebrating Christmas your own way, we believe starting and adding to the traditions you practice at the holidays are the best way to keep memories near and create new ones each year.  These wood-cut ornaments and mantle display piece will be treasured for many Christmases to come.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  I did it!  Only two.  See you next Tuesday with a couple of new highlights.  Don’t forget to put Sept. 2nd through the 18th on your calendar – Labor Day extended tent sale!

Christmas Nativity Sets For Every Decor

Ginger Cottage Nativity Scene

This nativity creche is lit by inserting a bulb on your Christmas tree through a hole in the bottom panel, highlighting the three-dimensional construction of the balsam wood scene.

Christmas is only 141 days away!  (That’s 21 Saturdays, if you’re counting.)  We can tell it’s getting closer here at Christmas Place – all sorts of lovely new Christmas decorations are arriving daily – it’s our favorite time of summer.  Today, a sampling of the many [nativities and Holy Family pieces] available – you’ll find one to compliment almost every decor theme and style.

Olive wood from Israel is used in the construction of this popular collection of hand-crafted creches and ornaments from Bethlehem.  This is one of the largest olive wood scenes; they are also available in smaller sizes, and as ornaments to hang on your tree.

Olive Wood nativity

Our talented floral design team has used a large Holy Family trio as the centerpiece of this grand arrangement.

Custom Floral Tabletop features the Holy Family trio.

One of our newest collections is crafted in Italy.  This magnificent, bejeweled set features rich fabrics, detailed accessories and ornamentation, and delicately-painted figures.  The two angels flanking the grouping are each sold separately.  While the Bible story tells us that only the shepherds visited the baby Jesus in his manger, it is hard to resist depictions that include the three Wise Men, who arrived up to two years after the birth.

Crafted in Italy, nativity set includes Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and three Wise Men.  Angels sold separately.

A more simple, natural style is found in this carved-looking collection of 12 pieces, the largest of which is 18 inches tall.

Carved-look Nativity Set of 9

Celebrating their 40th year in business, Department 56 has just introduced an exclusive anniversary set, The Inn at Bethlehem.  The four pieces will be the highlight of any collector’s display.  We’ve displayed ours with [these palm trees], sold separately.  The other side of the building is equally rich in detail, including the front entrance to the inn.

Department 56 The Inn at Bethlehem set of 4

We also offer a large selection of Holy Family groups, such as this Foundations Holy Family figurine, standing 12 inches tall and delicately hand-painted and subtly adorned with crystals.

Foundations Collection Holy Family Figurine

If your holidays are spent near the beach – or just wishing you were near a beach – consider this figurine – the Holy Family with a driftwood sensibility, highlighted by nautical ropes and sea creatures.

Holy Family Figurine, beach theme

Neither a nativity scene nor a holy family, this show-stopping piece nevertheless highlights the theme of the season, peace among all creatures on earth.  The stone and resin figure stands almost 16 inches tall.

Lion & Lamb Peace on Earth figurine

The peace we love in the store comes early in the morning, when the sun streams through our stained glass window, lighting up the collectibles gallery in a rainbow of colors!

Collectibles gallery

Where available, clicking on the photo above will take you to the specific item on our website; I’ve also linked to our Nativity group and the palm tree accessory.  Items not directly linked (such as the floral arrangement) may be ordered by calling the store at 1-800-445-3396, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. We would love to see a picture of your favorite family nativity – share it on our [Facebook page].

Thursday Things To Love – Christmas Decorations in a Country Theme

You know I used to do “Two for Tuesday” – but I could hardly ever keep it to just two .. so I’m doing “Thursday Things” instead – and I can show as many things to love as I want with no guilt!  Here are some of my favorite things from around the store this week.  I’m a fan of the homespun, country style of Christmas decorations that we are showcasing in the Christmas Gallery – and of course, there’s so much more than I can show in one post.

Have you seen the wide variety available in these frosted glass lamps?  Softly painted winter and Christmas themes decorate several shapes and styles of vases and lamps, each lamp filled with a strand of mini lights.  They will add a warm glow to any corner of your holiday home.  These are priced to make wonderful Christmas gifts, too!

Frosted glass lamps filled with strands of mini lights, painted with images of Christmas and winter.

Frosted glass lamps filled with strands of mini lights, painted with images of Christmas and winter.

The Ginger Cottage “Elf Academy” ornament is decorated on the board inside with all the things the accomplished elf must master to fulfill his or her full potential at the North Pole!  Reindeer names, reindeer games, toy categories, food groups – every topic is covered in this little school house.  Light the ornament by placing it over one the mini bulbs on your Christmas tree, through a little hole in the floor.  We love the frosty snow coating added to each little building.

Balsam wood ornament of a tiny house, lighted by placing it over a light bulb on your Christmas tree.

A prophetic pillow that really says it all….

Christmas pillow reads "When you stop believing in Santa you get underwear," and a large snowman head decoration.

Burlap is still going strong for the homespun holiday look – birds, balls, poinsettias, ribbon, and more, in all the colors of Christmas.  We love the country look, as it welcomes many textures and translations for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Burlap bird, red ball, and decoupaged cowbell with heart applique Christmas ornament collection on a homespun style tree.

More “country” textures – galvanized tin walls, chicken-wire windows, cotton blooms, barnwood wall art, and a carved stag head – we’ve layered it all on for a fun take on the theme!

Galvanized metal walls with chicken-wire window pains on top make for a multilayered, textured  display of whimsical barn wall art.

Classic red barnwood walls are the perfect backdrop for a pair of gorgeous wreaths from our Floral Design team.

Christmas wreath with burlap ribbon, cardinal, and poinsettia, displayed on a red barnwood wall.

Christmas wreath with snowman, "Let It Snow" sign, and burlap ribbon and decorations, displayed on a red barnwood wall.

So many themes to show you, and only thirty-one Thursdays until Christmas!  If there’s a favorite theme you’d like to see, be sure to let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure it’s covered.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. If you’re planning to be in Pigeon Forge on Memorial Day or the following week, don’t miss our Memorial Week Tent Sale!  We don’t do this every year, so come and get a fast start on decorations for 2016 and save a little money while you’re doing it.

Silver & Gold – 2015 Christmas Tree

No, Burl Ives is nowhere in sight, I checked .. but what else could I start with for this gorgeous Christmas Tree?!  I’m a slave to musical Christmas traditions.  With Christmas trees, just as with fashion, silver, gold, bronze and copper can play together in beautiful harmony.  Okay, great.  Now I’m stuck on musical references, and there isn’t a musical note on this tree.

Just please to enjoy the photographs – I’ll let them tell the story.

Gold & silver Christmas tree

Silver deer in Christmas tree

Gold & silver Christmas tree - full length view

Gold & silver tree top

Gold & silver tree ceiling accents

Gold, silver, natural wood, burlap, snowy white berries mix together on the tree.

Gold and silver tree with copper bird accent.

Gold and silver blend with copper, tan, and white accents.

Gold & silver tree with snowflakes and faux fur ribbon.

More gold, silver, copper, and bronze.

Copper and white Santa Claus ornament.

White doves on the gold & silver tree.

Golden deer with a white fur collar on the gold & silver Christmas tree.

Oversized metallic pinecone on the gold & silver  Christmas tree.

Did you notice the bleached antlers on the ceiling and in the tree topper?  {Love!}

Is anyone else now craving a caramel macchiato or a mocha frappuccino?  No?  Just me?  Well, I’m off to find one – I think Mrs. Claus’ Candy Kitchen will have one for me .. and some caramel apple pie fudge, or maybe a sliver of pumpkin pie fudge.  The perfect ending to a busy day of putting up the tree! taking pictures of a Christmas tree a whole team of other people put together. Wow, that’s enough glitz and glitter to satisfy even me!

More 2015 Christmas trees photos to come – is there a theme I can cover just for you? Let me know.

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

First Look – Musical Nutcracker

Wandering through the store this morning, I came across an eye-catching new display piece by the Nutcracker tree.  Look at this big guy!

He plays Christmas tunes, of course – and the lights on his jacket and drum light up in sync with the music.

I’m afraid he’s only to be enjoyed, not for sale.  Hope you’ll come and see him for yourself when you’re in Pigeon Forge this fall or Christmas!

~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.)

Spring

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