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Christmas News

Southern Illinois Lighting Business Grows Into Global Company

The U.S. operations division of Blachere Illumination, The Christopher Shop in Christopher, IL, has grown into one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-end commercial Christmas displays.  They supply illuminated displays for shopping centers, casinos, hotels, municipalities, Disney World, and Sea World. The company was founded in 1971 in France and has expanded into several [...]

Retailers Getting a Jump Start on Christmas – 2011

Some stores, such as Joann Fabrics and A.C. Moore, have had Christmas items for sale since August or even July.  Most of the major retailers either already have, or expect to have holiday items on display by the end of September.  Each year, the Christmas season seems to start a little earlier to assist those [...]

California Donates 60’ Christmas Tree to Congress

Stanislaus National Forest, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, was selected to provide the 2011 Christmas tree for the U.S. Capital.  A 60’ red fir will be chosen in the fall, then cut down on November 5.  After cutting, it will be mounted on a double flatbed truck and will tour California for eight [...]

Operation Christmas Child “Shoe Box” Charity

There is a year-round charity that sends “shoe boxes” full of items for under privileged children throughout the world.  Operation Christmas Child is just one charitable endeavor of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.  They ask donors to use a cardboard or plastic shoe box to put supplies in, and to enclose at least $7 per box [...]

Christmas Tree Sale in August

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Visalia, California, raised more than $4,000 in August, 2011 from over 350 people bidding on 33 artificial decorated trees.  They call their annual fundraiser, Festival of Trees, a huge Christmas tree sale in August. Each tree had a theme and were decorated by volunteers.  Some of the tree themes included [...]