Monday, December 21, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Shop

During the past few weeks, we’ve had a lot of rainy, dreary days here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where I live.  This is not my favorite kind of weather.  Normally, you couldn’t pay me to leave My Cottage of Bliss on a day like this unless I absolutely had to,  but recently I  ventured out in the icky weather and drove across one of the bay area bridges.

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Why?
Since I don’t have any Christmas decorations up at my house this year due to working long hours at the house in Hooterville, I badly needed to get into the Christmas spirit.  The best place I know to do that is at one of my area’s best Christmas shops…
Robert’s Christmas Wonderland. 
Susan  at Thoughts From Over the Rainbow is having a  Deck the Halls party  so I decided to link up and take you along because  Robert’s is THE best place to get anything and everything  to “Deck the Halls.”

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Trust me, my photos do not do justice to the magical beauty of this amazing shop!
Unfortunately, my camera lens was not wide enough to capture the entire icicle archway that leads to the tree room.IMG_0802
 
A life-sized figure of Santa Claus greets you as you pass through the icicle archway and enter the tree room.

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There must be millions of strings of lights hanging from the ceiling, making it feel like a winter wonderland.  If you are shopping for an artificial tree, this is the place to come.  There is every size, shape, color and variety.

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I have been toying with the idea of  getting a white tree for a couple years and I loved this one.  Instead of the miniature lights, it had big, fat, white lights.  It was so pretty!

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This heavily  flocked tree was pretty too…but probably almost  as messy as a real tree, I would think.

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Roberts also has quite an assortment of colored trees…coral, lime green, teal…

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Red…

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How about a purple tree decorated with Mardi Gras masks and beads?

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Royal blue decorated with blue & white ornaments, and huge white snowflakes…

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I wish I had gotten a better photo of this pretty pink tree decorated with shells.

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For the coffee lovers, this tree was decorated with coffee-themed ornaments.  They had used bronze wired ribbon to simulate coffee “pouring” from a plastic Starbucks cup.

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Their selection of themed ornaments is unbelievable.  This was part of the “sweets/baked goods” aisle.

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Tropical, beachy ornaments are popular here in Florida so they had several aisles devoted to those themes.

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A display case with many different styles of  mermaids…

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Hmmmmmm…how about this construction worker “merMAN” for your tree?

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They have several very large tables set up with Department 56 and other snow village scenes.

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Cute Madame Alexander dolls…

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I love the Possible Dreams Santas…

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Like beach themed ornaments, the tropical Possible Dreams Santas are popular here in Florida.

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My daughter’s favorite…Painted Ponies

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And for all of you dishaholics…gorgeous  Lenox pieces.

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There are several display cases with beautiful Nativity sets of different styles and sizes.

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This Nativity set was almost life-sized. 

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Robert’s Christmas Wonderland is open all year long so if you are ever in the Tampa Bay area, be sure to save time to visit. They are located at 2951 Gulf To Bay Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida.

 

10 comments:

ceekay said...

Looks like hours of enjoyment. Love looking at the decorated trees. So many themes!

Really Rainey said...

That's an amazing store! I have never seen anything like it before EVER! I know... I live a sheltered life huh?
Merry Merry
~Really Rainey~

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shari!

Wow, I love this store! We have to go there next time I visit. I did my traditional tree this year with all the green and red, and kid stuff. I love that gumdrop ornament. I'm sure I can find lots of goodies in there, and have them shipped home. lol!

Debbie

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Shari, I LOVE Robert's Christmas World. We bought our tree there 17 years ago, and it still looks fabulous. We have not been there this year, but it is always such a fun place to go. So much to see and lots of different decorations and ornaments to enjoy. Thanks for the little tour. I will have to make a drive over there soon.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Cindy said...

How wonderful to have a Christmas shop to visit. I would love that, they certainly have a lot of great merchandise, don't they. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas, dear friend. hugs, Cindy S.

Carol @ The Roseberry Cottage said...

Hi Neighbor,
Wanted to stop in and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks for the post on Roberts Christmas World. Can you believe I have never been there...but that will change very soon ;)
Hope all is going well at the Hooterville House.
Hugs,
Carol

Connie said...

Wow! That my type of store. LOL I took down the address and hope to visit when we head to Florida next week. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Connie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh my goodness! Is this an amazing place or what! Thanks for the tour -- I can't imagine anything you would want for Christmas decorating that they don't have. I'm finally getting caught up and wanted to thank you for your recent visit -- hope you had a wonderful Christmas and your new year will be very blessed -- Cheers!

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