By Andrea Troyer
Christmas … The most wonderful time of year! A time to gather with family and friends that we haven’t seen in a while and create memories to last a lifetime. Decorating the tree with those special ornaments that we keep from year to year and a few that go from generation to generation.
We light up our homes and decorate for the season. We want just the right gift for each person on our list. A visit to Ohio’s largest Christmas shoppe, Tis the Season, is just the place to get you started.
The main part of decorating for Christmas is always the tree. With everyone being busy with jobs and family, even the family tree has gotten much easier. “There are still families who make the trip to the tree farms which I think is a wonderful tradition, but like me, many people just don’t have time,” says owner, Jo Ann Hershberger. Today artificial trees, also known as permanent trees, are quick and easy.
Trees are more lifelike and many come pre-lit which saves a lot of time. Tis the Season stocks 400 trees in a variety of sizes from 2’ to 10’. Trees are available pre-lit or without lights so customers can choose which is best for them.
“You can always add specialty lights to your pre-lit tree if you want a different look; we stock over 75 varieties of lights.” Specialty lights are available in many themes including owls, flicker flame lanterns, farm animals, bass fish, cabin, cherry blossom LED, cardinal, stars, snowflakes, icicles, bubble lights and Edison bulbs, and there is also an entire selection of colored lights.
Now that the tree is set, the children and grandchildren who have waited so patiently can hang their favorite ornaments.
Many homes now have three or more trees set up so one of them can be just for the kids. All of those wonderful ornaments that they have created for school projects can be hung with the paper garland and it makes each child feel special. But Mom’s favorite tree may be a vintage tree set up somewhere else in the house.
If Dad is a hunter, he may have his special tree in an office or den decorated with shotgun shell lights and camouflage ornaments.
“Each year we have people asking for special ornaments and we try to find them all.” There’s Baby’s First Christmas, Our First Christmas Together or New Home ornaments that are very popular. Personalized ornaments have become one of the top selling items at Tis the Season Christmas Shop. People want something that has meaning to it, something that makes gift giving special.
We are selling a lot of Military ornaments, but also specialties such as pastors, teachers, firefighters, police, mail carriers and coaches, as well as a wide variety of sports and family ornaments. Tis the Season stocks hundreds of these specialty personalizing ornaments and has increased the stock for 2021.
There is someone available to personalize the ornaments with your loved ones’ names and dates.
We also have themes for decorating such as hunting, fishing, and camping; how about a nutcracker tree or a snowman tree, western, musical instruments, spun glass and brass are also available in themes. Approximately 75 trees are on display on the three floors and each tree is decorated differently.
Thousands of lights bring cheer to everyone who enters as they shop and sometimes sing and dance to the music. The top floor has eight themed rooms, including Santa, farm, candy and gingerbread, snowmen and more.
The lower level shows off the tree lot where customers can walk through a forest of trees deciding which one is just the right one for their family. A large variety of nativities, Old World ornaments, Christopher Radko, as well as outdoor lighting, stockings and tree skirts finish out this level.
That leaves everything else on the main floor; golds, silvers, traditional, vintage, glass, personalizing, sports, birds and of course the “Alleluia Chapel.” The chapel is where you will find all the angels and ornaments with scripture. Local artist Patsy McGrath has hand painted flowers on her ornaments.
People traveling to the area love these locally-made ornaments.
Tis the Season has just about everything you need to create a memorable Christmas for your family. There is a lot of gift-giving ideas as well. Choose from a number of collectables including Jim Shore, Foundation Angels, Byers Choice, Possible Dreams, Charming Tails and Fontanini. Music boxes and candles throughout the store also make wonderful gifts.
Tis the Season is located 1 mile east of Berlin on State Route 39 at Schrock’s Heritage Village. Schrock’s also has a number of other shops including Plaid Sheep, Streb’s General Store, Berlin Craft & Antique Malls. as well as Berlin Pets and Berlin Leather. You can also grab a delicious lunch or dinner at Olde World Bistro located at Schrock’s Village.
Check the website www.SchrocksVillage.com or call 330-893-3604 for more information.
Tis the Season of Schrock’s Heritage Village