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Thoughts from Laurel Ridge

Giddy excitment in preparation...


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Barbara has said to me all year, that when the light first starts to change at the end of August, the store and the people that walk through it, take on a whole new demeanor. As I came home last year right in the beginning of the Christmas period (a week before Thanksgiving), this is not really an experience I have had yet at Laurel Ridge, so I have been anxious to see this transition from year round, top class American Antique and fine gift store, to the winter wonderland that has become part of so many families Christmas tradition.

 

 Russian Santas on the mantle

(The Russian Santas have begun moving to their Christmas home around the mantle piece in the red room)

 

It began yesterday, bringing out a few Christmas ornaments as we begin to really think about starting to get the Christmas decorations out in readiness for our Exclusive Preview on September 26th followed by the Gonzales 'Come and Take It' Celebration the weekend after that.

 

Lynn Haney 2015 Laurel Ridge Exclusive Santa Loaded Up for the Season 

 (Loaded Up For the Season - 2015 Laurel Ridge Exclusive Lynn Haney Santa is now surrounded by the first of our Christmas Cards!)

 

Stationary, Tins and Cards out ready for Christmas 

(Some of our lovely Christmas stationary being put out as we consider 'the lay of the land'!)

 

With this change of light and with Barbara and I bringing out pieces that indicate the cooling off of the latter part of the year and the festivities associated, there has been an incredible alteration in the atmosphere within the store.

 

Prairie Claus by Radko 

(Prairie Claus - by Christopher Radko, new for 2015, feeling at home among the crystal!)

 

Barbara and I are wandering around the store covered in glitter from all the wonderful ornaments and decorations we are trying to find a place for, and our customers simply love it. Apparently the act of us getting ready for the season, and appearing as confused by where to put everything as everyone is in their own homes is intensely reassuring. Even in 'Christmas Land' it takes us a while to figure it out!

 

 Glitter Santa Plaque Ornaments

(Glitter Santa Plaque Ornaments sat by some beautiful period crystal)

 

 Beaded Hummingbird Clip on Ornaments

(Stunning beaded hummingbird clip on ornaments hovering by some of our antique china)

 

 Peacock Ornaments creating a corner aviary

(Glittery pearly pink peacock ornaments put with other beautiful bird to create a corner aviary

 

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