Help Us Discover the Name of Our Elf!

{Update )4/30/2013 – Her name is Chrissy!  Thanks to  Teresa & Gary K, Woodruff, SC, for letting us know what her name is.

{Tune in for further adventures with Chrissy as she has fun playing all over the store while all the other elves are hard at work…

{Thanks to everyone who submitted a picture of their own elf and a name!

We’ve been adopted by our own Elf on the Shelf here at the store – isn’t she cute?  But … we have one problem.   When we asked what her name is, she told us one of you would know!   We really need to add it to her Christmas stocking, so we need you to help us find out just what her name is.

And then we decided that, since you’re helping us out, maybe a little contest for fun – and a prize – would be in order!

Here’s how you can help us learn her name:

1.  Share a picture of your own elf in his or her favorite spot on the planet – maybe around your home from last Christmas, or in the car, on vacation somewhere exotic, or just enjoying dinner around town – if your elf is still in town, you might want to take a new picture – and have yourself in the picture, too.

2.  Send us that picture any way you can -

*E-mail:  Send it to us at santa@christmasplace, put “Name Your Elf” as the subject of your message.
*Facebook:  upload your photo on our Facebook page,
*Twitter:  tweet your photo to us @ChristmasPlace, and include #nameyourelf.
Pinterest:  Pin a photo of your elf to your own board, and include #nameyourelf in the description.

3.  Be sure to include your suggestion for the name of our elf in your message or description.

4.  We’ll pick a winner from among all the suggestions, and the one of you who knows her name will receive -

*The picture of your elf posted as the header on our Facebook page for a week (so you might want to include yourself in the photo!).
*A $25 gift card to spend in the store or online.

You have two weeks to submit your suggestions, and Monday, April 29th, is the last day we will accept pictures for the contest.  We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, May 1st, and the winning picture will be displayed on our header through Wednesday,  May 8th.

Here is the necessary stuff:  Name suggestions without a picture will be appreciated, but not entered into the contest for prizes.  You can submit more than one picture and name, but please don’t submit the same picture more than one time.  Employees of Christmas Place Properties and their family members are not eligible to win, though we would love to see pictures of your elves!  All the pictures will be kept in a photo album on our Facebook page, so you can come back and enjoy them or share them with your friends.  You understand that your image may be used on a web site, Facebook or other social media site, mailing, design board, and other publicity, at the company’s discretion for promotional purposes.  You release The Incredible Christmas Place and The Inn at Christmas Place, its contractors and its employees from liability for any claims by you or any third party in connection with your participation and the use of your photograph and/or video images for their business uses, including but not limited to print, television, and web uses.  We may publish your picture when we talk about the store or products online, in print, or in any other medium, with no financial compensation to you.  Mom and Dad, we will not use your child’s or children’s full name(s), but we would like to use their first name(s) and geographic location when we announce our winner.  If the winner is under 18 years old, your mom or dad will have to help you spend your prize.

Whew, I’m sorry that has to be so long…

Okay, we’re starting now!  Send us a picture of your elf (and you), and the name you think belongs to our elf!  Good luck!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Do you think she has more than one name? -you know, a before name and a behind name and a between name??  We can’t wait to find out!

Around here ..

There’s some Christmas stuff happening .. and we’re having fun with it!

First up, a new Smoky Mountain mural is being painted in the breezeway, and we can’t wait to see the completed work.

Our artist, Andrea, also painted the ceiling surrounding Santa & his sleigh in the main store – so you know it’s really going to be special.

These car magnets are so cute!  What a fun way to share your love of the holidays with everyone on the road while trying to avoid those unfortunate parking space wars at the mall.  If a cheerful “Peace, Love, & Peppermint” doesn’t win you the right-of-way, maybe you need to “Raise Cane”.  I have mad love for the googly-eyed Rudolph, myself.

Now let’s really get personal.  It’s your year to celebrate the holidays at even your most private moments of the day.  Yes, we really mean it.  Even in the throne room, you can rejoice in the spirit of Christmas with .. Toilet Tattoos!  As the label says, this is “the only way to crown your throne.”  And you can buy these through our website – check out the selection of toilet seat decals. (Their pictures are a lot better than mine.)

But wait, you don’t think the Throne Room Celebration stops there, do you?  Au contraire, mes amis, it does not.  Coming soon to a room near you .. holiday toilet paper.  How festive!  How cheerful!  How unforgettable!  How convenient in case you run out of wrapping paper in the middle of the night!

But seriously, your open house guests will not soon forget the absolute commitment which you have demonstrated in making yours the most festive house on the holiday circuit this year.  Frolicking reindeer, Merry Christmas greetings – even Santa’s tush would appreciate a few spare squares of this holiday treat.  (Coming soon to our website.)  And remember, you don’t have to spend quite as much time pre-party cleaning if you slightly unscrew the light bulb and light a few candles instead.  Just a little tip from me to you.

Just a little fun for a hot holiday afternoon – in celebration of Christmas in July!  If you’re in town, bring the kids down for some fun – every Thursday through Sunday in July, we’ll have an inflated bounce slide for the kids to ride, an airplane game with free prizes, and t-shirt painting.  We’ve got a sidewalk toy sale going on, so you can get a little jump on Christmas shopping already.  Uncle Sam is visiting the store through this weekend, too.

Happy 4th of July to everyone from the elves at Christmas Place!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Christmas In July Getaway Giveaway – the prize package (for July 2013) is valued at $1,200 – 3 nights at the hotel for up to 4 people, dining at the restaurant, and shopping cards both for our website and while you’re in the store – and a whole lot more.  You can increase your chances of winning by entering once a day through July 31st, or come to one of our businesses and fill out an entry form.

A Quirky Take on Christmas

If your Christmas style tips to the non-traditional side of the scale, have you discovered the Patience Brewster collection?  No surprise, I happen to love these crazy Christmas ornaments and decorations!  We’ve just received the new 2012 pieces – here are a couple of cuties.

Cupid's Heart Elf


French Maid Hen

To add to the fun, through the end of April we have a sweepstakes going to win this Shepherd with Lambs figurine set:

Shepherd with Lambs

 Click here to enter the contest.  The set is valued at $89.99; one entry per person per day, please, and there are some other Important Legal Notifications, but you’ll see them on the contest link page.

Okay, one more cute ornament before I go:

Dasher Elf

So cute it’s nutty!  Or did I get that backwards??

Wait – wait – wait – I just got an update – FREE SHIPPING on the 2012 items, too!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. When you search our site, notice when there is a field on the left side that says “Release Date.”  If you’re looking for something brand new, or something a little older, you can try that filter to narrow your search.

On-line Only Specials!

Don’t you love specials?  Just in time to place your orders before the holiday rush, we have three offers that will help you get ready to decorate for Christmas!


Possible Dreams Santa figurines – 15% off!  These are very special characters that will become family heirlooms – funny Santas dressed for different occassions, often accompanied by other favorite characters like Mrs. Claus and Rudolf.  Included in the collection are several really charming Charlie Brown figures along with a Mickey & Minnie.

Fontanini Nativities – 20% off!  These highly-collectible nativity pieces and sets will be treasuered additions to your celebration.  You can design your own nativity, starting with a stable and adding all the people and animals you like, or purchase a complete set.  Landscaping elements, ornaments, and a handsome snowglobe are also part of the sale.

Christmas Tree Garland – Buy 2, get a 3rd free!  Now that’s a good deal!  You’re going to need at least 3 strands to wrap your tree, aren’t you?  Maybe even more?  Well, I know I do for MY tree (okay, maybe not for the 3′ pink foil one I showed you last year…).  We carry so many styles, and almost half of them are included in the sale – from whimsical peppermint candies to realistic-looking popcorn (guaranteed not to attract bugs), gumdrops, pearls, snowflakes, balls in all colors – I think you’ll find what you’re looking for! 

Also, through the end of this month when we’re focusing on Breast Cancer victims and survivors, don’t forget to enter our Vera Bradley tote giveaway – we’ll draw the winner on November 1st.

I don’t mean to scare you, but there are only 62 days left til Christmas!  Just sayin…

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  I almost forgot to mention – FREE SHIPPING on all Web orders of $75 or more – plus we’ll include a free Snowball Snowman with your order.  Talk about getting more for your money!

Snowbaby Giveaway!

Are you a Snowbabies fan?  This charming colletion of porcelain bisque figurines representing the innocence of childhood fun in a gentle, wintery style has been around for almost 20 years.  In themes from Animals, Christmas and Hobbies to Love & Friendship and more,  they are perfect for sharing memories of special times, whether given as gifts or collected for yourself.

We’re giving away a grand Snowbaby figurine on August 15th!  Click here to enter our sweepstakes.  You may enter once a day during the sweepstakes period, and the winner will be notified by e-mail.

Good luck!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Vera Bradley Bag Giveaway!

In celebration of spring, or summer, or new Vera Bradley, or maybe just Thursday ~ we’ve got a sweepstakes going on!  Click here for the entry form, and enter once a day through April 29th.  We’ll select the winner of our free bag on Friday, April 30th.  The Saddle Up bag in Poppy Fields is a wonderful, bright choice for spring and summer!

We’ve got lots of new Vera bags and gifts in stock at Christmas Place.  Take a look at this sophisticated turquoise, tan, and black line – you can mix and match bags and accessories and ramp up your chic quotient.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 9th!), how about a beautiful floral apron packed in an equally beautiful recipe box for your favorite chef ~ or take-out order-er??  The new apron is wonderfully styled for comfort and functionality in the kitchen.

Are you headed to the beach or the pool this summer?  A mesh tote could be just the thing by the water, and these are extra-cute with their flower-power tags!  (We’ve stuffed them with tissue paper for display.)  The paisley bags on the left are colorful enough to go with just about any outfit.

Don’t forget to visit our Vera Bradley page and snag the 10% off promo code before you call to place your order – take advantage of the savings!

Hoping you’re having a colorful Friday Eve!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Snowman Giveaway

I want to get in on some of the fun this month!  The shopping site shouldn’t be having it all, with its many promotions and giveaways.

You know I have a real weakness for snowmen…I have six of these cuties to give away.  Click the picture to be taken to the sweepstakes entry site.


I’ll pick the winners next Friday, October 16th, and will announce the names here.  As with our other contests, you may enter once each day and increase your chances of winning.

Let’s have a warm Christmas!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Our First Blog Giveaway!

Welcome to the first Christmas Place Blog Giveaway!

I’m very excited!  I’ve been anxious to do something fun for my readers, and now I get to give something away!  I plan to do this again from time to time, so be sure to keep reading.

On my desk right now I have three Maxim Moose plush animals – these guys are about 15 inches tall sitting down, and are reeeaally reeeaally soft and squooshy.  I’ll send them out to three randomly selected readers who enter the giveaway between now and Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 ~ and my desk will be a lonely place again….)=

How we operate a sweepstakes or giveaway:

  • One entry per e-mail address, please. Santa will be keeping track.
  • We never sell or publish e-mail addresses. We do keep them for ourselves.
  • We will never print your first and last name or your e-mail address. Your privacy is very important.
  • The sweepstakes is open to anyone age 18 or older.
  • By entering the sweepstakes you agree to believe in the magic of Santa Claus and to celebrate the spirit of Christmas every day!
  • Winners are chosen at random from among all entries by a higher force, and the decision is final. By higher force, we mean a mysterious piece of software which we are unable to influence with cookies and milk, reindeer dust or snowman sprinkles.
  • If you are the winner, I will send you an e-mail to let you know, and you should reply with your mailing address.
  • Sorry, but employees and relatives of Christmas Place and Inn at Christmas Place are not eligible to win.  We’ll make you a really good deal on a Maxim of your own, though!

 Click here to enter the drawing.

Good luck!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place