Every year, I always look forward to seeing what new products come out for Christmas season. My first job I had when I was a teenager was an old fashion toy store. The owners were retired school teachers and they opened up two educational toys stores after they left teaching.
Working in a toy store for Christmas was so much fun. I remember the mall I worked at had animated animals with faux trees and faux snow everywhere on the trees. It was like walking through a Disneyland forest with deer and fawns moving their heads up and down. There was a huge waterfall in the center that they decorated like a winter wonderland with little forest critters everywhere. It was so pretty.
Before they would open the mall, the employees could walk around with the Christmas songs playing through the intercoms. Not a soul was around except the occasional employee going in to open their stores. There were a couple fast food chains open for the early employees serving hot drinks and breakfast meals.
An hour later, when the mall would eventually open to the public, it would get packed in that little European styled toy store. We did free gift wrapping with every purchase if the customers wanted and they did, they always did. I was the main wrapper when I wasn’t on the sales floor helping mom’s and dads, uncles and grand parents and even an occasional sibling pick out a toy gift for those little ones in their lives for Christmas.
Christmas products and this time of season is so much fun to me. I love going out there to see what is new every year for the holidays. Thought I share a few photos of some of the things we are seeing here in Arizona. Depending on your country or state, maybe you have different items to choose from. Here are some of the trends I am noticing in all our stores here in Arizona this Christmas.
And last but not least… Nutcrackers are still as popular as ever too.
Do you have any favorite decorating styles for Christmas? The thing I didn’t see a lot of this year were nativities and angels. I remember when angels were very popular. They used to have so many beautiful angels to choose from. My favorites were always the bisque Italian cherub ornaments. I have four nativity sets and a couple really tiny unique ones. If I had to choose a style from the trends this year I would probably pick the traditional style that is more like nature and simple. There is beauty in simplicity. Happy decorating everyone.