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Christmas Blossoms - 2018

Discussion in 'Christmas Countdown' started by Crown 84, Sep 28, 2018.



  1. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    Well, the action has started at Crabtree Valley!

    1) Framework laid out for pending of ornamentation.
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    2) and 3)
    Greenery and other ornaments await ceiling installation.
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  2. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    4) Skeleton for the center court giant tree is completed. I took this when I started my daily walk this afternoon and by the time I finished, they had already started attaching the branches! It should be completed by tomorrow.
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    5) More ornamentation awaiting their turn.
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    6) Most of the hanging ceiling garlands are already in place, but not yet lit.
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  3. made582

    made582 MMC's Ambassador to the North Pole MMC Lifer Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Michael’s-

    When you collect Santa’s, the next logical choice is sleighs right?

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    Loved this guy too-

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  4. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    Thanks, Made.

    Continuing at Crabtree:

    1) Christmas banners hanging from the mall's indoor lamp posts herald the Season.
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    2) Meanwhile, the outdoor lamp posts feed my passion for holiday decorated iron posts and railings!
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    3) The mall's main indoor tree, lit and festively adorned.
    (The worker on the crane had just added the final top section!)
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  5. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    4) and 5)
    A couple of nicely decorated storefronts beckon would-be shoppers.
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  6. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    6) and 7)
    My family took me to my favorite restaurant for my birthday (Cracker Barrel) and I snapped this pair of photos in their small Christmas section.
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  7. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    8) Meanwhile, back at Belks, two festively adorned manikins stand as sentries near a decorated tree on the upper level.
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    9) Christmas porcelain is out on display marked off 50 percent.
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  8. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    OK!
    The holidays are now running in top gear at Crabtree with most of the decorations now in place and lit.

    1) The hanging ceiling garlands are now illuminated, signalling the mall has fully entered the holiday season!
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    2) One example of the greenery decorating many of the vertical pillars.
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    3) And can it be? Has construction on Santa's Village now commenced??
    Yes, it has!
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  9. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    4) One set of dual trees on the lower level. They are located at both the north and south ends of the mall.
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    5) And Crabtree's main 40 foot tree in all of its glory!
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  10. made582

    made582 MMC's Ambassador to the North Pole MMC Lifer Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Hospital Gift Shop-

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  11. made582

    made582 MMC's Ambassador to the North Pole MMC Lifer Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Hospital Gift Shop-

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  12. made582

    made582 MMC's Ambassador to the North Pole MMC Lifer Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Hospital Gift Shop-

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  13. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    Thanks, Made!
     
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  14. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    Christmas tree being assembled at Santa's Village.
    Couldn't resist snapping this transition shot. Interesting that they put the top on with the middle section still incomplete!
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    Took this one at the Christmas tree display at the NC State Fair.
    North Carolina is the second biggest producers of Christmas trees. (Oregon is number one.)
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  15. brent

    brent Charles Dickens' Editor MMC Lifer Santa's Elf

    That tree is beautiful.
     
  16. brent

    brent Charles Dickens' Editor MMC Lifer Santa's Elf

    As always, Crown, Crabtree knows how to decorate and celebrate!

    I have more than a few photos to share in my Blossoms cannon. I hope I have time this week!
     
  17. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    I hope so, Brent.
    And yes, Crabtree always goes all out each year!
     
  18. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    OK, then!
    Santa's Village is now complete and awaiting the arrival of the Big Guy this Saturday!
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    The Pottery Barn always has nice decorations every year:
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  19. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    OK.
    Let's see how Christmas is progressing now at Crabtree!

    1) and 2)
    Choice of two photo stops, depending on if you are feeling joyful or merry.
    The idea is to pose inside the box.
    (Note the Crabtree Valley Mall promo at the bottom!)
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    3) Main outdoor tree is up. Not quite as impressive as last year's but still nice.
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  20. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    3) Bow-adorned trees are carried over from the mall's prior years' decorations.
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    4) Close-up
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    5) And of course, it's not fully Christmas at Crabtree until Santa is in residence!
    He arrived two days ago.
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