Let's Give BIG!

The true meaning of Christmas is different for everyone. For me it is about the greatest gift the world has ever received - that came as a baby, born in a manger to be the savior of the world. That was giving at its very best. It was unconditional, love filled, life changing giving. Giving BIG to those who need it most - to me that is what Christmas is all about.

Here at Woodstock Market we believe in giving back and this year we are excited to introduce our annual Christmas project - "Be Someone's Santa". Every year we will focus on a local charity to raise awareness of their needs. This year we are partnering with the Department of Children and Family Services to make Christmas a little brighter for foster children by stocking their toy closet which provides birthday gifts throughout the year and presents at Christmas.

According to DFACs, children enter foster care due to neglect, substance abuse by their parents, domestic violence as well as physical and sexual abuse. One of the reasons the number of children in foster care rises significantly during the holiday season is because the parents simply cannot provide for them. What better way to give a child hope than through the simple gift of a toy at Christmas. I believe a difference is made not because of the gift itself but in knowing someone cares for you. What better time to give than now when they need it most. 

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We are asking for you to join us in giving these children a Christmas worth remembering and this is how you can help. Bring in a toy or warm coat and drop in in a designated barrel. It's that simple. for most of us Christmas holds some very happy memories but unfortunately, for many of these children it doesn't. With your help we can make a difference - through the simple gift of a toy. So this Christmas - Let's Give Big.

We would like to that all of those who gave big to make this project possible. Georgia Foam for helping us stay on budget with their quality foam products; Valspar for their generous paint donation; Mimms Enterprises for giving us a place to build; Artist Shea Vickery for working with us to bring Candy Land to life; and all the "elves" who sanded, painted, sculpted, cleaned, glittered, glued and survived to tell about it: Phil Steiner, Tom Poole, Sarah Waters, Krishna Barrett, Jim and Pat Welty and all of the other wonderful helpers who made this possible.

Announcing the Theme of Our 2013 Christmas Window!

The Holiday Open House and the reveal of our 2013 Christmas Window Display is just 18 days away!

We have been hard at work in our secret Christmas workshop and have tried our best to keep the theme of the decorations we're crafting under wraps. Fans on our Facebook page offered some pretty creative guesses when we shared sneak peek pictures last week. 

A professional artist has worked alongside Lisa, Mari and me, Karen, to craft a peanut brittle house, peppermint trees, and a lollipop forest! We are carving enormous gumdrops, cupcakes and gingerbread men too.

All of these giant-sized confections combined will transform Woodstock Market into...

A Candy Land Christmas

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We hope you'll plan to join us for on Friday, November 1st at 7 p.m. as we reveal our gift to you, our neighbors and friends!  Start a new family tradition and enjoy a bit of nostalgia with a good old fashioned Christmas window and Christmas cheer. There will be carolers and hot chocolate and, more importantly for some of you, an opportunity to strategize for Saturday and Sunday's 20% off everything in the store!

Please bring a new toy to help stock the DFACS Toy Closet providing Christmas gifts & birthday presents to foster children throughout the year.  We are also collecting nonperishable food items for families & individuals facing financial setbacks & sudden hardships. 

Donate $5 and shop early on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Donations will go to our "Be Someone's Santa" Toy Drive.  Speaking of Santa, he'll be in the store Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

We look forward to seeing you make sweet holiday memories with your family at Woodstock Market. Tell us, what's your favorite sweet Christmas treat? 

For All the Crazy Neighbors...

Growing up one of my favorite things to do at Christmas was to get in our old station wagon and go look at Christmas lights. A family station wagon with a hole in the floor so huge you could poke your feet through it! Luckily we didn't have to drive far because almost everyone decorated their homes and yards for Christmas.

For me, it made Christmas more exciting! My favorite was the house with a Charlie Brown Christmas display that featured Snoopy and Woodstock parachuting down through the trees into Santa’s sleigh. It was spectacular!

Times have changed and unfortunately you do not see too many Snoopys or Woodstocks. There isn't the crazy neighbor who covers his home with two million Christmas lights in every neighborhood anymore. I know not everyone does, but I sure miss those homes that made Christmas a little more special by giving us a sense of community.

So in the spirit of Christmas and as a thank you to our loyal customers we have decided to dedicate our 88 foot long store window to that crazy neighbor, to all those who lit up their homes and gave us the chance to look forward to something incredible every year!

Our hope is that the Woodstock Market Christmas Window Reveal will become one of your treasured Christmas traditions!

Every year a theme will be chosen for our Christmas Window Display and kept a tightly guarded surprise. Each September we will begin carving the characters, building sets that would make Neiman Marcus proud, and filling the Christmas Window Display with countless whimsical details.

The day before our annual Christmas Open House we will close the store for its transformation. Then we’ll reopen at 7pm Friday evening to welcome you and your family with carolers singing and hot chocolate flowing for the Big Window Reveal.  

It’s our hope that the window will make you smile and remind you of the simple joys of Christmas just like seeing Snoopy and Woodstock in the old station wagon did for me. We hope it will inspire our dealers, our shoppers and everyone who sees it to become givers. And that’s why every year we will partner with at least one local nonprofit for the entire holiday season to provide for immediate needs in our community.

The Christmas Window Display and The Big Give are inspiring other businesses. We are grateful for assistance from Valspar, Georgia Foam in Gainesville, Georgia Commerce Bank, and Charlie Tope from Mimms Enterprises. We welcome other businesses and organizations to join us in our effort and if they have the resources we encourage our neighbors to launch their own. We can each make a difference in our communities and in the lives of others.

There are only a few more days until we unveil this year’s Christmas Window Display theme. In the meantime here are a few sneak peeks from around the workshop.