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Falling for Autumn Tricks & treats for spicing up the season

Lifestyle Matters Falling for Autumn Tricks treats for spicing up the season Autumn 2016 Newsletter Welcome to the first edition of Lifestyle Matters Whether it s colour trends tricks of the trade a favourite recipe or feel good story we re putting together ideas to help inspire challenge inform and motivate our partners in business you We hope this collaboration will become a source of inspiration as well as a forum in which to share thoughts ideas and success stories with like minded giftware retailers across the country At Christmas Tradition we believe your lifestyle matters R R
Lifestyle Matters Falling for Autumn Tricks   treats for spicing up the season  Autumn 2016 Newsletter Welcome to the firs...
Autumn Highlights October Thanksgiving Day October 10th Halloween Day October 31st Display inspirations Octoberfest harvest changing and falling leaves pumpkin everything costumes candy Colours Orange Rust Dark Turquoise Purple Black Metallics Copper Rose Gold Bling Opal November Clocks fall back November 6th Remembrance Day November 11 Display inspirations Cozying up for the winter fireplaces a good book you ve read Colours Grey Yellow Red Metallics Brushed Silver Bronze Bling Citrine December Winter Solstice December 21st Start of Hannukah December 25th Christmas Day December 25th Boxing Day December 26th New Year s Eve December 31st Display inspirations Frost snowflakes winter activities any Christmas story or song Colours White Red Lime Green Aqua Sapphire Metallics Liquid Gold or Silver Bling Blue Topaz To everything there is a season Good Scents As autumn progresses toward winter we find ourselves spending more and more time indoors To offset the effects of being cooped up inside essential oils can be used to boost mood scent home or office and to provide a variety of health benefits An easy effective way to use essential oils is with an ultrasonic diffuser Ultrasonic diffusers release a cool mist of water and essential oil into the air They are easy to use easy to clean very quiet double as a humidifier and provide good coverage for larger rooms As for essential oils there are many from which to choose Lavender and peppermint are year round favourites For something a little spicy and woodsy why not try Karooch Superior Synergies Holiday Blend It contains cedarwood frankincense cinnamon clove mandarine and orange It s sure to be a seasonal favourite A Taste of Aspen Caramel Apple Crumble 6 medium baking apples 1 lemon wedge 2 TBSP flour 1 carton Aspen Caramel Apple Spice Blend 1 cup rolled oats not instant 1 2 cup flour 1 2 cup brown sugar 1 2 cup cold butter cubed PREHEAT oven to 350 F Peel and cut apples into slices Drizzle with lemon juice Combine 2 TBSP flour and Caramel Apple Spices mix well then pour over apples and stir to coat apples evenly put in 9 pie plate In a separate bowl mix together rolled oats flour and brown sugar Add butter and blend together until the mixture forms uniform little balls Spread the crumble evenly over the apples do not press it down BAKE 45 50 minutes
Autumn Highlights October Thanksgiving Day  October 10th  Halloween Day  October 31st  Display inspirations  Octoberfest, ...
One product three ways Create an attractive harvest centerpiece by adding 3 candles of varying heights and a selection of colourful inexpensive gourds Food for thought Dress up a Birdcage Trick or Treat Swap out the candles and gourds for some Halloween characters and an assortment of goodies Summer ends and Autumn comes and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life Hal Borland Add a pre decorated garland clip on cardinal and strands of LED lights to transform the cage into a festive holiday focal point Look for our Christmas Special Edition Newsletter coming out in November We need your help too If you have a tip tale or topic of interest we d love to hear from you To submit content for consideration in future newsletters please send it with your name store name and contact information by email to lifestylematters christmas tradition com For information about products featured in this newsletter simply go to our web site log on to our online catalogue and click the Featured Products tab
One product - three ways  Create an attractive harvest centerpiece by adding 3 candles of varying heights and a selection ...
Store Windows and Christmas Pageants Photo credit iStock com littleny 7 steps to effective window displays In today s world of hectic schedules online shopping social media and distracted pedestrians one might conclude that window displays are just not worth the effort because nobody s paying attention anyway This is simply not so Stand out displays not only entice customers to stop and look but are often photographed AND posted online somewhere for all to see A great window display in much the same way as does a great Christmas pageant engages and captivates its viewers Who can forget Charlie Brown and his struggle to find the true meaning of Christmas In 2015 fifty years after the first airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas a seasonal favourite of many Macy s did stunning windows and store decor on this theme After all the busy Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year to showcase your stuff There s no end to the creative possibilities and people will come out to watch And while few have a Macy s sized store or a Macy ssized budget the key to stand out windows or stealing the show so to speak is to capture the attention of street sidewalk traffic engage them long enough to get your message form an opinion and venture into your shop This doesn t happen by magic or chance but rather by planning preparation and presentation With a little ingenuity you don t have to break the bank It s sort of like putting on a Christmas pageant 1 Start with a good script Decide what story you want your window to tell and summarize it with a tagline Don t make it complicated simple is better for example One Magical Christmas or Snowglobe Brainstorm and plan ways to visually showcase the tagline IE create your script
Store Windows and Christmas Pageants Photo credit  iStock.com littleny  7 steps to effective window displays  In today   s...
2 Select the cast Choose products that best tell the story The cast doesn t have to be large to be effective a one product show can be as powerful and memorable as an entire ensemble if the story is good Stay true to your script additional or unrelated actors muddle the story and confuse the audience 3 Set the stage Start with a clean uncluttered space Vacuum dust clean the glass Frame the stage Support your story with props or backdrops that showcase the cast As you set the stage check your progress repeatedly from the perspective of the audience Go outside TIP Put a small mark on the inside of the window frame to remind you where eye level is for people at street level This is the focal point and prime viewing area for passersby Periodically look from farther away Does your story beckon to people to come take a closer look 4 Places everybody Placement and staging of props and products should be intentional symmetrically or asymmetrically balanced straight lines should be straight and extraneous things like electrical cords should be neatly tucked out of sight It should go without saying that dirty worn or damaged items are not used At this time your stars should shine and the supporting cast be completely in character 5 It s time to light the lights Lighting plays a key role in the success of any production Make sure there are no burned out bulbs and that floodlights are focused on key products Do you want the entire stage lit up or is there a single item that should be in the spotlight Perhaps it is a combination of the two TIP Make it a priority to view your window after dark Even if your store is closed the window display could entice late evening passersby back during open hours 6 Curtains Up Metaphorically speaking of course Now that people are getting the message from your window s pageant make sure your interior displays and related items are up to snuff and strategically placed for easy purchase 7 Don t let it run too long The key to holding the attention of your audience is to give them something fresh and new even if it was a hit Keep them coming back for more Try these 7 simple steps for eye catching windows and wait for the rave reviews While you re planning the next one of course What do your windows look like Inspired Send us photos of your fall harvest or holiday windows we d love to see them If we select your photo for use in an upcoming newsletter on Facebook or our web site you ll get all the credit AND we ll send you a 50 gift certificate to use on your next Christmas Tradition or CT Lifestyle order
2.  Select the cast - Choose products that best tell the story. The    cast    doesn   t have to be large to be effective ...
Think Peach A few of our favorite things October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and you will no doubt see a lot of pink Out of sheer curiosity we wanted to know how the pink ribbon came to be the iconic symbol for this cause It turned out that what is now pink really started out as peach CT staff share their likes In 1992 Charlotte Haley grand daughter sister and mother of women who all battled breast cancer started a personal grassroots effort to raise awareness for this disease In her dining room she created handmade peach ribbon loops for people to wear Each set of 5 came with a card that said The National Cancer Institute annual budget is 1 8 billion only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon Charlotte was soon after contacted by Self magazine who were interested in making her ribbon a national symbol but she wanted no part of it it was too commercial Self magazine then contacted Evelyn Lauder and together they launched the first pink ribbon campaign through Est e Lauder cosmetics The PINK ribbon was well underway to becoming the well known symbol so prevalent today Since the introduction of our pink ribbon ornament in 2012 Christmas Tradition has sold over 9000 ornaments with 10 of sales donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ann s pick These 4 5 x 4 ribbed glass cylinder vases with jute wrap and wooden stars can be used inside any time and outside on the patio in the summer I love their simplicity you could repeat pieces down the centre of a table with tealights or votives inside or fill them with simple bunches of daisies or small spring flowers Nancy s pick 3 cute and quirky pumpkin heads I put these out backwards early in the fall as accents throughout the house and closer to Halloween turn them around so you see their happy grins Donna s pick A wooden advent chest with lasercut village scene and sliding treat drawers measures 15x11x3 5 It s just so very different Ann Nancy and Donna are our customer service team They re always happy to hear from you For more ideas or to shop online visit www ct lifestyle com www christmas tradition com R R
Think Peach   A few of our favorite things  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you will no doubt see a lot of p...