Country Roads . . . Take Me Home

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Christmas evokes feelings of family, friendship, and, of course, faith. Over time, the holiday has evolved to become a month-long celebration of community and companionship. For many weeks before December 25 to weeks afterward, folks are in a holiday state of mind—shopping, buying, decorating, discussing, visiting, and worshiping. It is a time when people strive to see the good in others, as well as in themselves.

There are hundreds of ways for customers to trim their trees and to deck their halls. However, nostalgic, charming décor options remain the preferred way to festoon the mantelpiece and the sideboard in homes across the country. Figurines and ornaments that speak of homespun integrity and rustic values rate high among customers and collectors.

Susan Lordi’s newest Willow Tree creation expresses her love of Christmas. The 12-inch tree-topper figure holds a metal star with glitter that catches the light and sparkles. The welcoming figure stands as a warm invitation to gather and celebrate. (www.demdaco.com)

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The “Angel of Light” ornament, “Truly Golden,” and “Friendship Ornament” are smaller-size versions of Susan Lordi’s most popular pieces. These Willow Tree offerings key into Lordi’s well-loved themes of friendship, hope, healing, and prayer. Their format has been redesigned with stretchy cords for better balance. (www.demdaco.com)

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Bethany Lowe unveils a “charming woodland Santa” who has loaded up his sled with beautifully crafted vintage toys. “Santa on Log Sled,” the lovely reminder of yesteryear, measures 18 inches high by 19 inches wide. (www.bethanylowe.com)

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“The Large Cottage in the Woods” is a vignette from Bethany Lowe. The pressed-paper buildings can also be lit with a C7 light, sold separately. The two assorted manses measure 10 inches wide by either 9 or 9½ inches high. (www.bethanylowe.com)

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Two assorted “Snowmen with Cardinals” are ready for a festive and frozen good time! Measuring 16.5 inches high, and made of Styrofoam, these Melrose International snowman pals have feathered birds nestled in their branchlike arms. A country accent is provided by their felt scarves and jute ribbons. (www.melroseintl.com)

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