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 Estée 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...