Wreaths In The Christmas Tree? Yes!

Every year, our fabulous designers come up with something new – and always wonderful – for the Christmas tree!  This year, in a 9′ pencil slim tree, they put an amazing collection of vignettes, including Santa, forest creatures, and even a couple of nutcrackers, in a most creative way – attached within wreaths hung on the tree.  How do they dream up these ideas?

In the first example, two wreaths were wired back-to-back, and a two-piece set of Santa with a gift wagon was taken apart and placed on each side, along with some additional trees.  The effect simulates the idea of a snow globe.

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Santa figure placed in wreath with mini trees, hung in Christmas tree.

Gift wagon set in a wreath, hung on the Christmas tree

A big red bow on top, snow-covered stems and branches, and plenty of lights woven throughout complete the spectacular display in the Christmas tree.  Here are some of the other vignettes and lights positioned in the tree – and as I said, it’s a 9′ pencil slim tree – you can do a lot in a skinny tree.

Bear, red mini oil lantern, and Christmas tree mounted in a wreath hung in the Christmas tree.

Second view of a bear figurine, mini Christmas tree, and mini red oil lantern set within a wreath placed on a Christmas tree.

Figurine of a deer and other woodland creatures with two white bottle brush trees set in a wreath, hung on a Christmas tree.

A pair of snowmen set in a small wreath, hung on a Christmas tree.

A 10" gold lighted mercury glass globe, glowing on a Christmas tree, with ribbons and red berry stems.

Nutcracker, Claire, and a mini tree set in a wreath, hung on a Christmas tree.

Nutcracker and Claire on the Christmas tree.

10" Red lighted mercury glass globe on a Christmas tree.

Store Elf posing beside the treeHey!  It’s an elf photo bomb!  Way to go, Elf!

Santa figurine, mini tree, and mini Santa ornament in a wreath, hung on a Christmas tree.

Santa, reindeer, mini train, and mini trees set on a wreath, hung in a Christmas tree.

Now that we’ve shown you our inspiration pieces, we know you can do it, too!  Talk to a designer when you come, they’ll tell you all the things you’ll need to create your own Christmas tree vignettes.

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. We’re offering a 25% discount store-wide to welcome in spring, through April 15th. You can shop on line or in store for incredible savings to get your 2017 Christmas off to a great start!  Don’t miss it! www.christmasplace.com, or come to the store and see even more.

Two for Tuesday

Christmas ornaments, how much variety there is at Incredible Christmas Place!  We could never limit ourselves to only traditional colors and styles, that would be no fun for you or for us.  We’re always going to show what’s new, different, and fun for your Christmas tree.

My first favorite today is a [taupe fur poinsettia] with gold glitter balls and a touch of gold glitter on the petals.  (I know, the glitter is a surprise…not.  It’s me.)  It’s mounted on a spring with a clip at the end, so easy to clip into your tree for a subtle sparkle.

Taupe Fur & Glitter Poinsettia

In our never-ending quest to offer every [bird ornament] that was ever conceived by a Christmas designer, here’s a cutie!  [Iced white cardinal], sort of bristle-y but with tail feathers, and such a sweet look.  Warning: he’s just a little bit shed-y on everything.  He’s also on a clip, so you can attach him to the perfect branch with ease and convenience.

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Here’s a peak at the tree on which we used that taupe poinsettia, our 2016 Misty Lake theme.  I have more pictures coming, because we have the most beautiful ornaments working on this tree, too, along with that amazing, 4′ strand of 480 lights.  You remember that gorgeous bunny, too – see him right there in the middle?  There’s a deer head at the top, if you can distinguish it.  So much going on with this tree!  Do you like a natural look for your Christmas tree?

2016 Christmas Tree - Misty Lake

Take a moment and find two things to love about your Tuesday, too!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Exciting weekend!  It’s finally here, our [Department 56] artist signing weekend.  Saturday, November 5th, from 2 to 5 p.m., both an artist and a village designer will be here, so come and claim your signed house, and take home some new design ideas for your own 2016 village display.

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

Woodland Christmas Tree 2016

Another new Christmas tree was completed this week – our Woodland theme tree.  Take a little tour of our Woodland tree and enjoy the natural colors and textures of the forest for your Christmas tree.  A large deer in front, a burlap and natural fiber cabin, and whimsical forest gnomes provide visual focal points amid an overall scheme of forest birds and wildlife, also in natural fibers.  We think you’ll enjoy adding some natural touches to your own holiday displays – and be sure you see the wreaths our floral team created to complement the theme!

Some of the items featured in the tree may be found here:

[Bristle Woodland Animals]     [Bristle Twig Owl]

[Natural Sisal Owl]     [Burlap Bristle Owl]

[Mini Fur Raccoon]     [Deer-Fawn Ornament]

[Reindeer Ornament]     [Vintage Star Ornament]

[Pinecone Branch Ribbon]     [Woodland Theme Collection]

Second Look

Here are a couple of the photos from the video for a closer look.

Burlap cabin and natural fiber owl

Deer carving and Woodland Gnome

Woodland Wreath

We have more trees to go in our annual decorating re-do, so stay tuned and come back for more!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day tent sale is still going strong – new merchandise is being put out every day, as we have room to display – so come on back to the parking lot and see what bargains might be just right for your Christmas decorating dreams!

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

 

Silver and Gold Make A Beautiful Christmas Tree

We call it “Christmas in Aspen,” this elegant showcase tree near the front door.  For the ultimate glitz and glamour, mix all the precious metal colors plus crystal, white, and a touch of green – they compliment each other so well.  For whimsy, add a touch of faux fur!  Our designers show us once again that we can be fearless in the elements we bring together for decorating the Christmas tree – as long as it makes us happy.

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How brilliantly copper, bronze, gold, silver, platinum, and even a touch of iron work together on this swankiest of Christmas trees.  The unusual brown and burlap poinsettias together with a sprinkling of unpainted wood and neutral-tone glass ornaments add a grounded note amidst all the sparkle and shine.

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Are you bold enough to give this style a try?  Whatever your style, we’ve got what you need to take your Christmas tree(s) to the next level on the “wow” scale!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Labor Day Tent Sale is fast approaching – less than three weeks!  September 2nd through the 18th.  Are you coming?

The Christmas Pickle Ornament

On the list of Christmas traditions, the Christmas pickle ornament is one of the more colorful ones.  First of all, because…pickle??  At least it’s in the green family!

Old World Christmas glass pickle ornament

Some say the pickle in the Christmas tree began in Germany, but ask a German and they’ll probably think you’re pickled.

Glass pickle ornament with face, Santa hat & scarf.

In the 1880s, Woolworth stores sold glass ornaments made in Germany in the shapes of fruits and vegetables.  It’s our theory that the pickle was not the most popular ornament in the collection, and so an enterprising and creative salesman invented the story of the hidden Christmas pickle to move his last remaining inventory.

Glass pickle ornament stored in a jar.

And so, today, we offer the Christmas pickle as a holiday tradition – hide a pickle ornament in your tree, and the first member of the household to find it is rewarded with a small present.  Anything for more presents, right?!  (Personally, I wouldn’t mind unwrapping a jar of bread-and-butter chips.)

Have a favorite Christmas tradition that just makes the holidays for you?  We’d like to know about it!  Tell us your story – family traditions enrich the holidays and create memories that traverse generations.  To this day, we’re all likely to find one present under the tree for each person with a tag reading “From Santa Clause.”  Nor would it be Christmas without Mom’s green pea, asparagus, and water chestnut casserole, and a heaping helping of jellied cucumber salad.

More Christmas traditions to come, in case you’re looking for something new this year.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Keep an eye on our events calendar – we are almost ready to start scheduling artist signings for this fall – a signed Christmas ornament or collectible is a great tradition to share with future generations.

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

What’s Up Over There?

In our ongoing series of what’s new in the store, today I update the progress on the corner that no one could identify:

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Did you guess? It really fooled a lot of people – even the top dog around here.  It’s the Christmas Gallery!

We next moved to installation of display cases (made by our in-house carpenters, such beautiful work).

Showroom with display shelves and minimal merchandise racks.

Then this happened.

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What do you think?  Is vintage country your style?  I happen to love it for my house.

Next week .. where did the kitchen store go??

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place