Wednesday, August 18, 2010

House of Boxes

One month from today, on September 18, 2010, we will be doing the first tour of the 2010 Christmas season.  We're in our second month of decorating and are on schedule, so far!  Decorating the house takes eight weeks.  We could probably get it done in four weeks, but we do have a life and lots of other things to do.  One of those things is keeping up with all of the merchandise that comes in for the store.  Every box has to be opened, checked for breakage (etc.), re-boxed, and priced.  We do all of this in the storeroom (air-conditioned) that is attached to our warehouse, so it all has to be transferred to the store (some of the extras are stored in the warehouse). Then each piece has to be displayed and the rest of the extras have to be be put away in the store.  The final thing is to put each item's empty box in a place where it can be found quickly when the last of an item is purchased.  You just can't believe how organized Esther has all of that process.  It's amazing. 

We are living in the "House of Boxes" right now.  It will be nice to get it all cleared out, cleaned up, and ready for tours.  People ask us all the time, "How can you live in a house that is decorated for Christmas for 6 months?"  Well, it's actually nicer to live in the decorated house than in the house that is undecorated or is in the process of being decorated. 

Once the house is undecorated, it is rather depressing, because the shelves are empty, the garlands and trees are just hanging/sitting there with nothing on them.  We're so used to the beautiful colors, glitter, and decorations that we miss it all when it's gone.  It's good to see a room redecorated and ready to go!

September 18, will be the beginning of our 25th season.  We hope those of you who read this blog will be able to come see us.  The info for contacting us is on the right side of this blog.

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