Decorating for Christmas is a big deal in my family. My mother takes days to transform her entire house (top to bottom) from every day to a Christmas wonderland. It truly is beautiful. In fact, one Christmas my family was surprised by the doorbell to find a man with a giant trophy standing on our doorstep. We won the neighborhood award for best Christmas decorations! I have a lot to live up to.
My decor is not nearly as elaborate, but it is very important to me. I start itching to get my decorations out as soon as I put Halloween away. But I am patient (a little bit) and wait until Thanksgiving weekend to get things going. While my daughter and I pull indoor decorations from six large tubs of Christmas decor, my husband goes to work hanging the lights. We used to have several outdoor friends, but over the years they break and this year we were down to just a Mickey Mouse blow up and a light up tree. It looked pretty, but in our neighborhood, that’s not nearly enough. Outdoor decor is a big deal around here, and I wanted more.
So, thanks to Sears, I set out to find more. Since it is was already late in the season for holiday decor (12/11), I decided I should start my shopping online to see what’s available. There were TONS of great options online. The only problem is that I knew there wasn’t time to ship, so I narrowed my search to items that could be picked up in store. Luckily, most of my favorites had this option. (Yeay.)
The first thing I spotted were these reindeer.
We used to have reindeer, and I loved them. But they broke years ago (I still have one of the broken ones I was going to try to resurrect). No question, I had to have them. But my online shopping showed only two left in store. I wasn’t taking any chances, I decided to order all of my decor online. Then I could head into the store to see if there were any other goodies I needed, but I didn’t want to miss out!
Back to shopping…
As much as I loved this six foot Mickey Mouse (my daughter would go nuts). I decided two Mickeys were over kill. Plus, he would make my little Mickey look so sad. Unfortunately there wasn’t a blow-up Minnie, otherwise she would have been in my cart in a heartbeat!
After a full hour (plus) I decided that Rudolph needed to come live at our house. I knew he would be a hit with K. (Note the online stock image, there would be no snow around our little Rudolph – LOL.)
As I put everything in my cart, I was happy to see that my late-season shopping was paying off. Everything was on sale. Plus shopping online was going to pay off too. There was an extra 10% off ending that night and I found a $10 off $100 coupon code. After everything, I would be able to get everything for $96. Not bad considering full price Rudolph alone was $89.99.
The next day I loaded up the girls to pick up our decorations. As we checked out the Christmas Shop, I was SO happy with my decision to order the decor online for pick up. The boxes were fairly large, and I had S strapped to me — no way I could carry three boxes. (Sometimes I am so smart!) The decor options were pretty picked over by now, but I did get a few other great ideas from looking around. After a little shopping, we pulled the car around to the Merchandise Pick Up area and a Sears employee loaded up the car for me. (I am in LOVE with this store pick up option, guess who will be shopping this way again!?!)
Next week I will show you the before and after pictures of my yard and the rest of my shopping adventure. (We were so excited to decorate, we already have the reindeer up. They look great.)
If you need a little decorating inspiration, check out the Sears Cheer Tree where customers are uploading pictures of their decor.
Disclosure – This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.