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Willow Tree

Willow Tree is an intimate, personal line of figurative sculptures representing qualities and sentiments that help us feel close to others, heal wounds or treasure relationships. Susan Lordi carves each original piece with this thought in mind. Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey and renders them in simple, pure gestures. The first Willow Tree figures were sculpted in 1999.

The Willow Tree Nativity is as loved today as when it was originally introduced in 2000. Its simplicity and form have made it a timeless classic. As a Christmas gift, wedding gift or self-purchase, the Willow Tree Nativity continues as a family tradition.

The figurines are made from hand-painted resin which is cast from Lordi's hand-carved clay sculptures

The figurines are made from hand-painted resin which is cast from Lordi's hand-carved clay sculptures

This beautiful collectible crèche and figure sets are available right here at Santa’s Warehouse.

Jim Shore

Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him the patience and skill to bring intricate designs to life.

Jim worked decades developing his craft, manufacturing his own designs and traveling the country to sell his work. Finally, in 2001, he partnered with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek, a successful brand that brought Jim worldwide fame. Jim has received multiple awards from prestigious trade organizations including ICON HONORS Life Accomplishment Award in 2012.

During his 16-year partnership with Enesco, the Jim Shore Collection has grown from a small group of Santa’s, Snowmen, and Angels to a broad year-round brand respected and sold around the world. From show-stopping Statues to Mini Figurines, from Santa Claus to Mickey Mouse, Jim Shore has something for everyone. It’s a tribute to Jim’s boundless creativity and unique ability to touch people from all walks of life through his art.

The figurines are made from hand-painted resin which is cast from Jim Shores' hand-carved wooden sculptures.



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Christmas is approaching and we have the sweetest idea to make your tree more special this Christmas!

We recently got in our 8cm glass baubles and our elves started getting creative and thinking of ideas to make them special and fun.

Here are some jolly good ideas that you can try!

For a Sweet Treat, put some sweets inside the glass bauble for a special treat the kids can enjoy while opening presents plus it looks super sweet on the tree. Just don’t let the kids get into them before Christmas.

They can also be a unique and beautiful gift for someone special. You can even create a theme and fill 4, each as a different character!

To add a special personal touch to your tree you can fill one with a picture of your kids or anyone special in your life. Another great idea is to make a personal bauble for your kids for their first Christmas.


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Ever wondered about the history behind all your favourite Christmas figures?

Well look no further for answers!!

Santa Clause

The legend of Santa Clause derived from a Monk named St. Nicholas.

He was admired for his kindness and helping the poor and sick people.

The word Santa Clause derived from his Dutch name Sinter Klaas.

 

Nutcracker

In German traditions nutcrackers are a symbol of good luck.

It is believed that they protect and guard your home.

Folk tale recounts that a puppet-maker won a nut cracking challenge by creating a doll with a mouth for a lever to crack the nuts.

Decorative nutcrackers became popular in the USA after the Second World War, following the first US production of The Nutcracker ballet in 1940 and the exposure of US soldiers to the dolls during the war.

Christmas Trees

The evergreen tree was traditionally used in Europe as symbol of life in the midst of winter and was used in winter festivals over New Year. Christians see the Christmas tree as a symbol of Everlasting life with God.

Christmas Wreath

Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory. In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending.

Snow Globes

Snow Globes was invented in 1900 by “accident” by Erwin Perzy

He tried to make a lightbulb shine brighter by putting water and white flakes in the globe to make it reflect more light.

With this he got the idea of a snow globe.

  

Christmas Stockings

Folklore tells the story of a nobleman whose wife had died, leaving him penniless with three daughters. On Christmas, Saint Nichola s came to their home and saw the girls' stockings hanging to dry above the fireplace. He then filled them with gold.


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With these easy steps you can make your Christmas Tree look spectacular!!

The biggest tip to decorating a tree is to take your time!!

Follow these steps and you can't go wrong!

  1. Open up
  • Take the tree out of the box. Secure the stand. Assemble the tree from the bottom upwards.
  • Open up the branches. Take the branch and open each branchlet in a different direction. There may not be two branches stuck together. Work your way from the bottom upwards.

Tip 1: Use a rotating tree stand from Santa’s Warehouse to WOW every one and get a 360® view at your tree.

Tip 2: Take your time!! This step is the most important step of all even if it takes hours; make the tree look perfect even without decorations!!

Here are more specific instructions of how to assemble the trees.

Unhinged Trees

 Hinged trees

Shaping all the branches

  1. Lights
  • Start with your lights. Make sure the lights are working before you put them up.
  • Start from the tip of your tree (end with your plug at the bottom).
  • Go around and around the tree with the lights. Make sure the lights are evenly spread. Don't push the lights too far into the tree. Make sure each light is visible and not behind a branch.
  • Now start to hide ALL the wires with the branches. Fold the branches over the wires, but make sure it is not in front of the lights.

Tip: As you go along putting up the lights, stand back and look if the lights are evenly spread out.

  1. Décor
  • When you start with your decorations, start with the biggest decorations first then go smaller decorations and baubles to fill the spaces.
  • If you have ribbon or tinsel, they are first to go onto the tree.
  • After the ribbons you start with your poinsettias and bigger décor items. When you put them in, stand back and see if they fill the perfect space. If not take the time to make it right.
  • Use the smaller décor to fill the spaces in between.
  • After each decoration is put on the tree, stand back and make sure it is on the perfect spot
  • All the decorations must be evenly spread.

Tip: Make sure there are no open gaps that all the décor are evenly spread out.

  1. Tree topper
  • Put your tree topper on the tip of the tree, use a couple of branches to keep it steady.

Tip: If the tree topper is too heavy, fasten a dowel stick to the base of the tree topper and then fasten it to the tree with cable ties.

 


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Never have a dull dinner again!!

Add these items to any dinner and it will be turned into a beautiful, unforgettable evening.

1. Battery operated candles: 

These are a must have in your home!! These battery-operated candles look like real candles.

The colour and the movement of the “flame’’ are almost identical to a real candle!!

With these there are no mess on table cloths, it is safe and the flame will keep moving even in the strongest winds!

2.  Copper Wire Lights 

These cute little lights are so versatile, you can spread them on a table, put it in a bottle, jar or vase, or you can wrap them around flowers or decorations. You can bend them as you like, so you can even write words with them.

These lights will make any dinner sparkle!!

(Santa’s Warehouse has a big variety of colours and sizes of these copper wire lights)

3.  Balloons with lights 

These are just WOW!! They are clear balloons wrapped in copper wire lights.

These balloons will steal the show at any dinner!!

These work great as a gift, instead of flowers make their day and give them a bunch of balloons.

4. Fairy lights in the garden 

Add a little touch of Fairy lights to convert your garden into something amazing.

Fairy lights can change the atmosphere from dull to warm, cozy and magical.

Like they say: “Everything is better with fairy lights”

(Santa’s Warehouse has all the different types of fairy lights: Indoor, outdoor, solar and battery operated lights) 

5. Bottle Lights 

These are beautiful glass bottles with lights inside that reflects as stars.

They will give a nice cozy and elegant atmosphere, just put them all over on tables and it will brighten up your dinner!!