November 20, 2009
Ever have one of those days/weeks/months where you just get nothing done ? My list of projects to finish this week was a mile long, but I barely made a dent in it. There were cabinets to paint, stockings to sew, emails to return, laundry to finish, a household to run, and children to take care of. But when your little tykes are ill, it’s just about impossible to get anything done, or to get any sleep either.
During our walk downtown running some errands, we happened to pass the local Christmas Fanstasia shop. Just try walking two small children (who wholeheartedly believe in Santa Claus) past this charming display behind beveled glass, and resisting their request to visit. It’s completely impossible.
So despite all my best plans to check off some of those items on my long list, I stopped, and then welcomed this little detour.
My home town has a great big store dedicated only to Christmas and nothing else. This shop is really an amazing sight to see, and folks come from all around to browse this enchanting place. The proprietors spend all year decorating in preparation for this season, and it shows. The shop is filled with every decoration and ornament you can imagine, and we simply couldn’t stay away.
Tree after tree of every theme imaginable.
Sweets, anyone ?
There’s a tree that supposedly caters to the fellows. But I can appreciate the hammers, wrenches, footballs, poker chips, and beer ornaments just as much as the guys.
A twelve foot tall jungle tree, covered with all kinds of creatures, and with an amazing tree topper of striped reeds.
Ladies, the shoe tree is irresistible.
Although I like these blue suede shoes on the Elvis tree too.
Rows and shelves of beautiful nativities and angels
Traditional Santas and non-traditional Santas in every crazy kind of outfit
An entire room dedicated to Christmas village collectors
This Flamingo motel nestled among the Victorians made me laugh
There are an endless supply of novelty ornaments, from fishing, to western, to dogs, cats, you name it, they’ve got it.
Whether you like dice . . .
or fancy cowboy boots. . .
They have an unbelievable selection of elegant ornaments too, from butterflies to birds nests to intricately detailed glass ornaments.
There is so much to look at, we spent almost an hour just appreciating all the details.
The focal point is the upside down tree that greets you as you enter.
This year, it is decked out with cherry and lime colored ornaments and it is a twelve foot tall spectacle.
So glad we took this detour today. After all, those home improvement projects can wait.
But I confess I’ve officially been bitten by the Christmas bug.