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‘Department 56 Christmas in the City’ Archive

Holiday decorations get nostalgic with Department 56 Christmas in the City series

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Department 56 Christmas in the City showcases New York city during the 1940sWhile some use the beginning of the holiday shopping season to get into the Christmas spirit, others prefer decoration. These folks typically adorn their homes and offices with trees, lights and figurines.

Department 56 figurines are the centerpiece of these holiday displays, as collectors can use the products to create various eye-catching scenes.

Department 56 Christmas in the City series has been a favorite among collectors and decorating enthusiasts since 1987.

The collection showcases a winter scene in New York City during the 1940s. Best-selling pieces include landmark buildings such as the Flatiron building and the Chinatown gate as well as other city structures such as row houses, firehouses and city shops. In addition, these items are all lighted to create a stunning holiday display.

While many of the structures featured in the series are no longer standing, Department 56 has worked out exclusive partnerships to construct models of many famous buildings of New York City’s skyline, including Yankee Stadium and Rockefeller Center.

The Christmas in the City buildings feature detailed architecture that can be enjoyed by both the young and old for years to come!

Department 56 decor perfect for apartment residents

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Department 56 can add to the holiday spirit.Homeowners have the advantage of decorating a large amount of space during the holiday season, but apartment renters typically have a smaller area to work with. Brown and white wire lights can add the finishing touch to Christmas decor, but Department 56 can bring the spirit of Christmas to even the smallest spaces.

Department 56 is renowned for crafting some of the most eye-catching figurines seen in households and apartments across the country throughout the winter. Their snow globes, glassware and lighted buildings have attracted collectors from around the world.

Many of the hand-crafted items Department 56 offers come in different shapes and sizes. Consumers can purchase entire snow villages or simply collect Department 56 figurines. They're perfect for apartment owners who are searching for a few pieces that will make a big impact.

Department 56 is known for its Christmas products, but the company also designs a number of different decorations for other events throughout the year ranging from Halloween to Easter.

Christmas presents to spark warm memories

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Make the holidays a little better with Department 56's Christmas in the City collectionThough the warm feelings that come from holiday get-togethers can be fleeting, there may be a simple way to mark special visits from the old friends and family members.

For many, this is the time to think back on one's life and to remember where they came from so as to give context to who they are today.

So why not use a unique gift to remember the occasion by?

The Department 56 Christmas in the City collection offers various scenes from Manhattan in the 1940s and is perfect for any group who enjoys a little nostalgia.

The collection includes landmarks such as the Flatiron Building and the Chinatown gate. There are also scenes titled Busy City Sidewalks, which depict children playing in the snow, as well as a man with a sandwich board asking a young boy if he wants a free soda.

But more importantly, gifting these timeless pieces will not only bring joy to those you love, these keepsakes will serve as a lasting memory of an unforgettable holiday.

Department 56 Christmas in the City series offers nostalgic view of New York

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Department 56 Christmas in the City series offers nostalgic view of New YorkNew York City looked drastically different 70 years ago. Urbanites did not carry cell phones, Times Square was not littered with digital billboards and ATM machines had yet to be invented. Although the Big Apple has long been the most bustling metropolis in the country, the city exuded a more intimate vibe during the 1930s and 1940s.

Christmas time in particular showcased the city's one-of-a-kind charm. Businesses and street merchants abounded – just like today's New York City – but the relationship between the residents was far more personal and face-to-face.

The Department 56 Christmas in the City series showcases this era of American history with a collection of ceramic pieces. A man pulls a cart stocked with fine bakes goods. A young boy sells the day's top headlines at newspaper stand. A trio of jazz musicians serenade the streets with yuletide tunes. These delicately crafted pieces are available in the Christmas in the City series.

Unlike the fictitious settings featured in the Department 56 North Pole and Dickens Village collections, the city series is a realistic throwback to urban life in America. Christmas in the City would be an ideal gift for those individuals who lived through that era and walked those city streets.

Department 56 Christmas in the City series brings a merry metropolis to your home

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Department 56 Christmas in the City series brings a merry metropolis to your home Christmas and New York City go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Some of the world's most famous holiday events, such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Macy's Parade and the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, take place every year in Manhattan. Some of the more memorable yuletide films – Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Scrooged – are set in the Big Apple.

While millions of Americans will celebrate Christmas in the suburbs, the Department 56 Christmas in the City series allows you to bring the holiday hustle and bustle into your home – no matter where you live. This series is modeled after the 1930, 1940 New York City scene, including famous structures such as the Flatiron Building.

The series also offers figures that exemplify the charm of city sidewalks during the holidays, including a jazz ensemble, a street vendor and a newspaper stand. Christmas in the City is an ideal gift to give to a loved one who loves New York, or perhaps to a family member who lived in Manhattan in the '30s or '40s.


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