August 25, 2019

Kmart’s Christmas Lane Includes Ceramic Villages & LED Christmas Decorations

Time to Plan Your Holiday Lighting & Decorating

Have you started thinking about your holiday lighting and decorating yet?  You may not have, but retailers are starting early hoping to get you thinking now about how you’ll deck your halls come December.  It’s time to plan your Christmas light displays!

The retail mega-combo Kmart and Sears today blasted thousand of American homes with its first animated e-mail of the season.  Complete with a flying airplane banner boosting its Christmas Lane line and traditional bell-tinkling holiday music, the execs of these stores don’t want to miss a single early holiday sale–especially when little or no growth is to be expected.

Kmart Christmas Lane includes ceramic villages & LED christmas decorationsSo what are they touting for the holidays this year? The highlight of the collection appears to be a Kmart exclusive grouping of collectibles and ornaments from the Lemax Village Collection.  The collection includes a little something for everyone.  Victorian homes, a scuba and boat salvage, a vintage lighthouse and even a nostalgic bowling alley round out the we’ve-got-it-all village.  For those of us that covet ceramic Christmas villages but don’t have the money to make a huge investment, there’s Lemax.

Light up Your Village with Miniature Christmas Lights

A cute little warming hut starts at $11.99 with plenty of selections in the $20-$40 range.  If it’s movement you covet, check out the Ferris wheel, carousel or flight school.  Each of these come with a 4.5 volt adapter and cost $65-$75.  Pictured here is the Lemax village collection Inn and Ale House offered at $29.99.  A simple attractive display can be assembled with a few of these village buildings placed on a bed of fiber-fill snow.  For added interest run some miniature Christmas lights through and around your display.  To check out the selection of villages see Kmarts website of holiday lights decorating http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/s_10151_10104_Gifts_Seasonal+Shop_Collectables.

Holiday Lighting–ideas in LED Christmas Decorations

Kmart Christmas Lane includes ceramic villages & LED christmas decorations 1Cute little villages aren’t the only thing you’ll be seeing at Kmart this year.  In the lighting category you’ll find LED Christmas decorations such as the Neo Neon LED Rope Lighting in bright blue or green.  9 ft. strings of these LED Christmas rope lights cost just $14.99.  This Neon LED Snowflake lighting set is yet another of the LED Christmas decorations you’ll find at Kmart.  An 8 piece set of these will set you back $36.99

Whatever the holidays have in store for you Kmart and the nations holiday retailers are ready provide–preferably sooner than later.

Christmas–The Joyful Holiday of Lights Decorations

Fond Memories of Christmas Tree Lighting

Do you have fond memories of getting your childhood home ready for Christmas?  Are you like me, where you can remember the excitement of bringing home the Christmas tree each year?

In our upstate town of Tribes Hill, New York, in the 1960’s and 1970’s artificial trees were pretty rare.  Being so close to the Adirondack Mountains most of us kids expected to have real pine in our homes.  This was an opportunity to bring indoors the familiar pine smell we enjoyed all summer as we camped, picnicked, swam and boated in the region’s recreational areas.

Come Christmastime, we gathered the family into the ever-present station wagon to go to the local tree lot or sometimes even the local Christmas tree farm.  No one was ever left behind for this important event.  As kids we rushed around the snow-covered trees, pushing, shoving and hiding from each other among the icy branches.  All this went on while Mom and Dad, and my live-in Great Aunt negotiated over the all-important tree. Would it be a Scotch pine like Aunt Alice’s?  Never–Mother hated those short, full, stubby trees with there long, thin needles.  How about a beautiful blue spruce?  That would be nice, but this particular species of tree was one of the most expensive.  Most every year we found ourselves in the aisle with the balsam fir trees.  These trees are tall and somewhat sparse in my opinion, but in these years they were among the more reasonable options.  The best thing about them is their incredible aroma.  Even now years later when I smell balsam fir, I’m returned to these times.

Bringing That Outdoor Christmas Tree In

Usually the tree we ended up with had a blemish of some sort–at least in my mother’s mind.  Even after my poor father held up tree after tree looking for the perfectly-shaped one, it was sure to have a flaw.  The solution to this was remarkably to remake the tree!  My mother would point out the spots where branches were lacking and my father would be required to saw off branches from the bottom and place them in holes he drilled out higher up on the tree.  This unorthodox method usually resulted in a fairly symmetrical tree but alas one that didn’t last too long before the poor water starved needles started shedding onto the carpet.

A Time Before the Advent of Miniature Christmas Lights

Following the selection and remodeling of the tree, it was placed in the traditional screw-tightened tree stand and ready for the initial step of adding the Christmas tree lighting.  In those days, long before the little, miniature Christmas lights, we lit the tree with traditional c7 lights or sometimes even with those pesky string lights with the pointy bulbs that must have been left from the 1950’s.  These bulbs were the ones that wouldn’t light if any one of the many bulbs was burned out.  My job was often to find the offending Christmas bulb or if I were unlucky the offending Christmas bulbs.  This was truly the worst job. If more than one were burned out fixing the string became a frustratingly impossible task.

Frustrating or fond, all those memories are all that’s left of a time so long ago.  Little did we know that these were special times that would eventually fade into the distant past.