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Let the spirit move you at Holland Nursery and Landscaping’s Christmas shop

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Walk into the Christmas Store at Holland Nursery and Landscaping, and it’s highly likely that the Christmas spirit will hit you like a sack full of toys. Plainly speaking, it’s beautiful in there. Like being in a living Christmas card, the store is warm and cozy with soft holiday music playing, sparkling with lights and expertly decorated designer trees, and festive colors of red, green, silver and gold everywhere. In fact, Lynda Heemink, who owns and operates the Christmas Store and Holland Nursery and Landscaping with her son Dale Lingscheit, encourages browsing and lingering for as long as you like.

“Just come and see,” she says. “You can’t really appreciate it until you see the beauty of it.”

Located at 8812 144th St. E. in Puyallup, it’s a pleasant drive through the country to get to the store and very much worth the outing with family and friends. Open from the first week in October to the last week in December, the Christmas Store’s interior is completely re-done each year, so if you’ve been there before, you’ll want to go again to see all that’s new.

“We do a total redecorating sweep,” Heemink said. “We totally re-do it. It’s a whole new look.”

Fresh wreaths arrived just last week, and Heemink or one of her friendly helpers will be glad to add a customized bow hand-tied for you on the spot.

The Christmas Store is packed full of items such that you can spend a wonderful time seeing them all, and everything is showcased to give ideas on how to bring the look into your own home. The decorated trees are breathtaking to behold and reminiscent of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” when the Peanuts gang took a plain tree and transformed it into something dazzling.

“We love for people to come and see and get inspired,” Heemink said.

Popular items this year at the Christmas Store lend a woodsy, Northwest ambiance all wrapped up in styles of the season.

“Our woodland friends are really doing well this year – of course always the birds, and we have a lot of moose that have really been popular, and the fox. One cute little thing this year the ladies seem to love are the hedgehogs,” Heemink said.

Gnomes are also big this year, according to Heemink – fat little fellas with a jolly nose you just want to reach out and tweak. Be sure and check out the gnome-themed tree toward the back of the store. Gingerbread figures and items are also popular, and Heemink stocks these along with a wealth of other smile-inducing Christmastime décor items. She’s carrying a brand new line of flameless candles this year as well, with a softly glowing “flame” that waves back and forth just like a real candle, but much safer and cleaner. “You don’t have to worry,” Heemink said. “They go off automatically, and when children are around, you don’t have to worry about it.”

Family owned and operated since 1992, Holland Nursery and Landscaping can make the outside of your home or business look impressive too, offering complete landscape services, water features like rock fountains and pondless waterfalls, ponds, sprinkler systems, landscape lighting, pavers and block walls. Learn more by calling (253) 841-1200. Holland Nursery and Landscaping, and the Christmas Store, are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also visit www.hollandnurserywa.com.

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