09 Nov 2018
There are two camps when it comes to Christmas decor. Those who rip down Halloween witches and throw out their pumpkins with one hand ... while flinging tinsel all over the house with the other as Christmas music plays in the background (that would be me).
The second camp are those who respectfully wait to celebrate Thanksgiving before decorating their house for Christmas.
(And for those of you who fall in the middle - I know you are out there, you just aren't as polarized and fun to poke fun of.)
However, Christmas Village doesn't even get into this debate. Team Pre and Team Post -Thanksgiving are no match for a Christmas store open daily May-Christmas Eve.
May we all bow our heads in silent defeat.
It doesn't really matter (I've made up this entire holiday war in my head, anyway) because you can shop here whenever the mood strikes.
And, if you are in the Black Hills just to visit the sites, you might be one of those who shops for a Mount Rushmore ornament in July (one of the store's busiest months!).
Christmas Village is ready for you - has many to choose from.
In fact, they are ready for just about anyone looking for (any type) ornaments.
However, you won't see a Christmas tree lot in the parking area, or large inflatable Santa's for your yard. You won't find Christmas lights, stockings, or gift wrap.
But, what you WILL find when you walk into Christmas Village is aisle upon aisle of carefully curated Christmas ornaments that span each hobby, each interest, each sport, and each personality.
Ken and Donna Sheffield are the proud owners of Rapid City's locally owned Christmas Village and their goal is have something for everyone within the niche of ornaments - and they do it very well.
Not just one guitar - but electric and acoustic in an array of colors.
Do you have a student who studies the violin or cello? Done.
Every type of animal. It just so happens I hold a special place for these fellas in my heart.
And as you wander down the aisles, collectible collections adorn the shelves, which had me itching to start. Every bookcase needs a winter scene, right?!
This was the year our family focused on being outdoors more often. Everyone got into hiking and mountain biking and this ornament came home with me. How could it not?
With our first snow on the ground, who is thinking about snowboarding and skiing? Terry Peak will be open before you know it.
Every team. Sports coverage is not an issue here.
For those who love farming or ranching. Or for those who have a little one going through a John Deere phase ... check, check, and check.
I know there are many who love this little cowgirl. I was told she was a best seller.
Even the medical community is ready to adorn your tree. Like I said, everyone will be able to find something here.
An entire wall of military ornaments covering each branch but how about a little shout out to Ellsworth today.
Countdown calendars and a few other decor items can be found among the extensive ornament collections, but the store really does stay focused on mostly ornaments.
How this little golden glittered deer didn't end up at home on my mantle is beyond me. I meant to purchase her!
Chubby Chipmunk Cocoa ... I don't know if this is the cutest coincidence to represent Chubby Chipmonk Chocolates or not but I love it.
Two customers who were shopping while I was photographing the store asked where the pet ornaments were. It's an extremely popular catagory and would make the perfect gift for a pet lover.
The staff are so friendly and ready to help you find anything. A blonde basketball player? Done. How about a gymnast? Easy. How about a carton of fresh eggs AND a red barn? Done.
Just ask them.
P.S. We have a tradition at home that happens before we eat pie on Thanksgiving. I give our children two gifts before the pie is cut. One is new Christmas pjs (grab some pie and lets watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas in anything elastic!) and the other is a new ornament just for them to represent their year.
Once they grow up and leave home, they will have a box of ornaments that document their lives so that they can start their own traditions with their own trees.
Do you have a favorite family tradition that revolves around your tree?
Anyway, I picked all of them up today - a boy wearing braces, an Xbox controller, a girl with her horse, and a violin. It was harder than I thought to pick just one for each child. So many choices. I hope you have as much fun there as I did.
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