Keep Cozy with Warm Winter Bedding

Winter is on its way! The merciless wind blasts you with cold air, and a shiver snakes down your spine, ushering you indoors. Brr! Now that you’re safely home, what comforts await you? Put on your favorite pajamas, and let this cozy winter bedding envelop you in warmth as it lulls you sweetly to sleep.

Heated bedding gives you control over the warmth of your bed, whether you’re expecting an evening chill or one of winter’s most frigid nights. The Simmons Beautyrest™ Heated Mattress Pad provides you with a toasty foundation, radiating heat upwards for bedtime bliss. This quilted mattress pad has five heat settings and a 10-hour auto shutoff. If you prefer a heated cover, snuggle beneath the knitted microfleece Beautyrest™ Electric Blanket, which has an ultra-soft feel, 20 temperature settings, and a 10-hour automatic shutoff. This bed-ready blanket is available in Twin through King sizes.

Simmons Beautyrest(TM) Heated Mattress Pad White Beautyrest Electric Heated Channel Blanket

Whether you’re updating your own bed or preparing the guest room, a comfy sheet set is a necessity during brutal winter months. Flannel sheets are a cold-weather staple for many bedrooms, providing welcome relief for cold piggies and limbs. Available in a rainbow of colors, the Micro Flannel® Sheet Set is luxuriously soft, colorfast, pill-resistant, and wrinkle-free. Outfitting your deep mattress for the winter ahead? No problem! Made of triple-brushed cotton, the Solid Color Flannel Sheet Set provides toasty warmth while also accommodating mattresses up to 24” deep.

Micro Flannel(R) Sheet Set Solid Flannel Sheet Set

Searching for alternatives to flannel? Nestle in for a night of warmth and sublime comfort with the Soloft Microplush Sheet Set. Thick and cozy, these dreamy sheets banish the wintertime blues with their brushed surfaces and plush fabrication. Another cozy alternative to flannel, the soft and warm Micro Fleece Sheet Set is brushed on both sides with an anti-pill surface on one side.

Soloft Microplush Sheet Se Micro Fleece Sheet Set

With this warm winter bedding, you can enjoy a respite from the biting weather and sleep soundly in comfort.

Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

St. Nick won’t be the only one finding his way to your fireplace this year. You and your family members will be gathering to read the paper, shop on your phones, wrap presents, or sip hot chocolate. Make your mantel a sight to behold with these holiday decorations.

Stocking Holders

Hang those Christmas stockings by the chimney with care – but put the plain hooks aside in favor of something more festive. Create a lovely line-up this Yuletide season by displaying decorative stocking holders that complement your favorite stockings. If you’re drawn to elegant mantel decorations, choose stocking holders classically adorned with scrolls and seasonal wishes. For a whimsical display, let these cheeky Clauses dangle their lists and beards from your mantel top.

Merry Greeting Stocking Holders Gold Set of Two Checking Twice Stocking Holder Set

Shelf Sitters

Your mantel is also the perfect perch for cute holiday visitors who need a little rest, like this gingerbread couple. Adorable Christmas shelf sitters can survey their surroundings from the mantel ledge, and they’ll be ready to brighten the faces of those who see them. Tuck in frosted greenery behind them or sprinkle in some ornaments to make them feel at home.

Gingerbread Plush Shelf Sitter Set Beige Set of Two

Electric Candle Strands

After you’ve shoveled the driveway and trudged through the snow, it’s all-too-tempting to curl up on the couch and doze off. Replace real candles with an electric candle strand, and you’ll feel comfortable catching your forty winks. These pillars softly (and safely) illuminate your mantel top. Nestle the candle strand in among your winter garland and pine cones.

Gold Pillar Candle Strand

Mantel Scarves

If you’re looking for a mantel decoration that doesn’t stifle your creativity, a holiday mantel scarf should be at the top of your list. This beautiful decoration will drape over your mantel in elegant holiday fashion – but it still allows for whatever festive display you choose to add.

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Festive Figures

Whether they’re deer prancing in splendor across your mantel or nutcrackers keeping (glittery) guard, decorative figurines embody the lore of the season. Let these figurines remind you of cherished holiday stories each time you see them. Position a garland behind them for a backdrop of greenery, and complete the display with a goblet-style hurricane and lighted strand.

Arietta Winter Deer Figures Ivory Set of Two

Christmas Host and Hostess Gift Ideas

Are you looking forward to all those holiday get-togethers, filled with family, friends, and good food? Let your holiday host know how much you appreciate his or her hard work with a special gift. Both decorative and functional, these Christmas hostess gifts can be put to good use for holidays to come.

When it comes to hostess gifts, what could be “handier” than a lotion/soap dispenser? The frosty face of the Top Hat Snowman Dispenser will beam back at holiday guests from the bathroom or kitchen sink. Fill it with soap to reduce the spread of germs or hand lotion to soften parched winter skin.

Top Hat Snowman Lotion Soap Dispenser Multi Warm

The Snowflake Cookie Serving Platter will charm the holiday host who loves to bake. In addition to being a delightful way to serve up snacks, this platter has a recipe for sugar cookies and includes a snowflake-shaped cookie cutter!

Snowflake Sugar Cookie Platter Red

The Lenox® Poinsettia Napkin Ring Set will turn any meal into an elegant affair. Metal napkin rings are blooming with pretty red poinsettias.

Poinsettia Napkin Ring Set Gold Set of Four

If you’re planning on giving the gift of wine, glitz it up with the Bell Grape Cluster Wine Bottle Topper. This accent will look like a shimmering grape cluster dangling from your wine bottle. This fabulous topper can also be used as a napkin ring or ornament.

Bell Cluster Wine Bottle Topper Gold

Elegant hostess gifts are always in style, just like the Fleur-de-Lis Cheese Server Set. This sophisticated gift set includes a cheese server, a metal spreader, and a 12-piece napkin set. All pieces feature the fleur-de-lis as a classic embellishment.

Fleur de Lis Cheese Server with Spreader and Napkins Clear Three Piece Set

Festive Holiday Bedding, Shower Curtains, and Window Treatments

Your entryway and living room may be in the seasonal spirit, but what about the other areas in your home? Do you walk from room to room, feeling festive one minute and not-so-jolly the next? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy Christmas cheer wherever you go, whether you’re settling in for a long winter’s nap or soaking in the bubbles? Let seasonal joy radiate through your home with holiday bedding, shower curtains, and window treatments.

Slumber in peace beneath this quilt, knowing your wish for beautiful holiday bedding has come true. The Lenox® Nouveau Stripe Quilt features gracefully twining strands of plaid ribbon print alternating with holly leaves and berries. An off-white ground hosts accent colors of green, red, and gold. Vermicelli quilting merrily dances across this cotton cover, which is trimmed with velveteen binding. Layer coordinating shams and pillows on top of this holiday quilt for an irresistible seasonal look.

Nouveau Stripe Quilt Off White

Getting out of bed on frosty mornings will be a little easier when you think of the pretty, festive bathroom that awaits you. The Poinsettia Holiday Shower Curtain is sprinkled along the top and bottom with embroidered poinsettias and greenery, metallic gold yarns, and embroidered eyelets. Scalloped edging sweeps along your floor for a charming finish.

Poinsettia Cutwork Shower Curtain White 70 x 72

The Poinsettia Holiday Window Treatment can add a coordinating element to the shower curtain; or, use it to dress up any room you like. The valance and tier pair are similarly festooned with embroidered poinsettias, gold yarns, and eyelets.

Poinsettia Cutwork Tailored Tier Pair White

Holiday Decorating Ideas and Styles for 2014

What Christmas decorations will bejewel your home this year? Do you yearn to create a beautiful, cohesive look for the holiday season? If you’re short on inspiration, consider one of these holiday decorating styles.

Golden Elegance

Red and green will never go out of style as a Christmas color pairing, but gold, bronze, and champagne can look just as festive. Your home will be awash in luxury when you decorate with the regal hues of Golden Elegance. This exquisite style also includes figurines with an heirloom-like quality, elegantly resting on your display surfaces like cherished holiday treasures. Glitter and shimmer lend holiday twinkle to these sumptuous accents.

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Holiday Glitter

As a child, what captured your attention among all the holiday decor? Was it the reflection of the living room in a red metallic ball ornament? Maybe it was the silver tinsel that wound around your Christmas tree or hung, frost-like, in shimmering vertical drips? All the holiday sparkle that captivated you then can fill your home now. The Holiday Glitter decorating style is dazzling in red and burgundy, with plenty of shine and sparkle. Expect to see sequins, crystals, and glitter as embellishments.

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White Christmas

No matter what the meteorologist says, it will be a White Christmas this year. After all, you’ve been dreaming of it (and playing enough Bing Crosby)! This holiday decorating style draws its inspiration from freshly fallen snow, powdery and pristine, softly glittering in the morning sun. Christmas decorations in white and ivory radiate a gentle, delicate beauty, like winter in its quietest hours. Angels seem to glow from within, while other decorations mimic the intricate structure of snowflakes.

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New Clothtique Santa Figurines for Christmas 2014

What does Santa Claus do when he’s not making his famous list or inspecting the latest toys to roll off the elf assembly line? Toy-making is Santa’s passion, of course, but he also has other pursuits. He might be shopping with Mrs. Claus, baking up some sweet treats, or spending time outdoors. You never know what he’ll be up to next! Designed by Ann Dezendorf, these Clothtique™ figurines from Possible Dreams® are wonderfully imaginative and collectible. Figurines feature Santa with fabulous, handpainted resin details and a specially stiffened, handcrafted Clothtique(TM) costume.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus like to treat themselves to some classy gifts at Christmas, as evidenced by their Touch of Class(R) gift bag. This exclusive Touch of Class® Clothtique™ features the jolly duo bundled up in their classic red and white attire. They even have a fancy parasol along for protection against a wind gust or some early snowflakes.

Santa and Mrs Claus Touch of Class Clothtique Red

Santa gets his fill of cookies when he makes deliveries on Christmas Eve, but until then he’ll have to make his own. Santa doesn’t mind, though, not when he has a festive Christmas apron and toque to get him in the baking mood. His latest batch of cookies is in tribute to his famous flying team and features “Ate Tiny Reindeer,” along with Santa in his sleigh.

Ate Tiny Reindeer Clothtique Santa Red

Bring your appetite along, for Santa is hosting a holly jolly barbecue! Santa has catered to everyone’s tastes and prepared all sorts of grilled goodies, so remember to “Kiss the Claus” when you see him. This fun Clothtique™ is sure to tickle the funny bone of your own lovable backyard chef.

Kiss the Claus Clothtique Santa Red Set of Two

Santa isn’t seeing much on his nature trip except the inside of his eyelids! While the Jolly Old Elf grabbed a little shuteye, a gray squirrel stole a section of his sandwich. What’s more, that deer sure has his eye on the apple in the satchel. Oh, well. “You Snooze, You Lose!” Sleeping Santa is sporting camo overalls and a cozy red sweater. This amusing Clothtique™ figurine is perfect for your favorite outdoor enthusiast, especially someone who deserves a little ribbing about a camping or hunting trip that didn’t go as expected.

You Snooze You Lose Clothtique Santa Green

Choosing a Nativity Set or Figurine for Your Space

A nativity scene will always be welcome as the heart of our holiday decor. This special decoration reverently celebrates Jesus’ birth and keeps us mindful of the true meaning of Christmas. When the holiday season starts to feel hectic, the nativity set will be there to inspire quiet moments of reflection. No matter the amount of decorating space you have, you can find a nativity to fit.

Consider a miniature nativity set if you have limited display and storage space. A mini nativity set is great for a small room, an apartment, a bookcase top, or any area where a larger set would be overwhelming. These nativity sets are no less captivating for their smaller size. The Foundations™ Mini Nativity Set features a stable and eight figurines, all of which are under 7.5”H. Designed for Enesco® by artist Karen Hahn, this nativity set reflects a delicate beauty with its pastel colors and crystal accents. 

Foundations Mini Nativity Multi Pastel Set of Nine Nativity detail

Another solution to limited tabletop space is to display a single figurine instead of a grouped set. A Holy Family figurine or nativity sculpture depicts the Christmas miracle in one compact tabletop decoration. Designed by Karen Hahn, the Holy Family Figurine features Mary and Joseph gazing at the baby Jesus in tender adoration. Raised vine motifs and small crystals enhance this sweet, detailed piece from Foundations™ by Enesco®. 

Holy Family Figurine Natural Figurine detail

Larger nativity sets will be at home on a display table, beneath your Christmas tree, or atop the mantel. Keep the stable size, measurement of the largest figurine, and number of pieces in mind as you plan where to place your nativity set. A tall set may need more space than the area beneath your tree can provide. The Heirloom Nativity Set from the Joseph’s Studio® Collection by Roman, Inc. has a traditional appearance that will remind you of a family keepsake. This 12-piece set consists of a 19”W stable and 11 figurines; however, many of the pieces can be purchased separately to create a display that best suits your space. These detailed nativity figurines are beautifully handpainted. 

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