If you’ve ever wondered where the Gift Shops’ beautiful Christmas trees and displays come from, here’s your answer . . .

This is Angie Olson’s fourth year with The Fireside and we couldn’t be happier with how good she makes us look!  A large portion of her time is spent preparing for Christmas. If fact, she begins in January when she goes with the buyers to the Atlanta Gift Show to choose the “looks” for the next year. Since each area takes several days to put together and there are 10 – 12 different looks, she has to start early in order to get everything ready by the opening of our Christmas show. That means the first tree goes up in July as soon as enough merchandise has arrived. This season’s themes include Cardinals, Crosses and Angels, Farm Life, Food, Gnomes, Hobbies, Nativity, Snowmen, Woodland, and A Christmas Story which has a very nostalgic look to match the production.

Angie has always been interested in design and has an Associate Degree in Interior Design from Madison College. Her designs are beautiful and she does a great job of keeping our overall look fresh and new. Be sure to take a look at all of the trees when you’re here for A CHRISTMAS STORY.  We hope you’ll find something special for your own home or a gift or two for someone else!