Holiday Ready Home: A Letter From Mary Cates

Holiday Ready Home:  A Letter From Mary Cates

It’s (Finally) The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

A letter from Mary Cates

I’ve been waiting since January to unveil a treasure trove of festive goods at our upcoming two-day Christmas open house. Fifteen of us have been buzzing around the back of the store getting ready for this event and will put the final touches on our displays before the doors open on Friday, October 19 at 10 a.m.

You might think that after three decades of hosting this event, the magic would fade for me, but I’m just as excited about it now as I was the first time. On this opening day, the start of our Christmas season, you’ll find all of us arranging everything — every throw pillow plumped, every coffee table book stacked just so. I love Christmas, and I love ushering in the season with my customers. The excitement in the air, the shift in people’s moods, the faces — some new to me, some dearly familiar — lighting up as they step through the doors and into the holidays.

So, what can visitors expect this year? Without giving away too much (what fun would that be?) I can say you’ll be seeing a lot of nontraditional hues. Bright pastels, hot pink, turquoise, green and yellow — happy colors that pop brilliantly in any room. We work hard to find items that complement our customers’ existing furnishings, and this year’s curated crop is especially exciting in that regard. We hope you’ll stop by and spend time browsing the collection. When you do, keep an eye out for what I consider the essentials:

Christmas Trees, Garland and Twinkle Lights

Make the centerpiece of your decorations truly memorable with a high-quality tree, tastefully decorated with clusters of our signature ornaments. No fuss — just classic, stunning beauty.  Lush, generous and true to life, our cedar garland along with our other garland creations are the perfect accents for bannisters, mantels or anywhere else that needs a dash of greenery.  This is a season of magic, and you need lighting to match. Our rice twinkle lights add an element of enchantment to any garland, wreath or display.

Decoration and Fragrance

Christmas is all about unexpected delights. We have an amazing assortment of new glass tabletop Christmas trees, colorful vintage-inspired bottlebrush trees, handmade Santas, and full, festive tree skirts. The scents of the season evoke long-cherished memories and are an essential part of every family’s holiday experience. Create the perfect mood with our signature White Pine candles and diffusers. Light and clean, this popular fragrance is the perfect complement to your home.

We’re excited for the holiday season. Thank you for letting us be a part of yours.

With warm regards,