Thanksgiving Point: “Our Favorite Things”

You’ll enjoy a variety of activities including culinary classes, breakfast with Santa, the Nutcracker Ballet presented by Rocky Mountain Repertory, Santa’s visits at the Emporium and so much more. This is the place to be!
And for those special gift and decorating ideas, the Emporium is your first — and only — stop.

Emporium Manager DeDe Machin gives Studio 5 viewers a peek at ideas for your home and your friends.

Holiday Traditions

The Emporium at Thanksgiving Point is a great place to browse for beautiful holiday décor and special items to jumpstart your holiday traditions. Here are a few items you can use this holiday season to start traditions in your homes.

Elf on the Shelf

Here is a fun new tradition you can start in your home. Elf on the Shelf is a little elf doll that reports directly to Santa Claus. Kids can tell the elf their Christmas wishes. They may also want to be on their very best behavior as the Elf on the Shelf has Santa’s ear. Some children also like to name their elf.

Place the little elf around your home during the weeks before Christmas. During the holidays the elf watches children carefully during the day. At night when the kids are sleeping the elf magically returns to the North Pole to report to Santa Claus. In the morning the elf appears in a new place which offers a daily hide-and-seek ritual for kids. Kids will love trying to locate the elf’s new location each morning.

Elf on the Shelf comes with a 28-page hardcover illustrated book that explains the story and an 8-inch elf doll. The story is based on on the tradition author Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s.

Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are a great way to enjoy the entire month of December. Many advent calendars come pre-filled with chocolate, but there are others that you can fill with what you like each year. Rather than filling a calendar with candies, why not have an activity to do with your kids each day? Each day could include a simple recipe, craft, game, or activity to help you prepare for the holidays and build lasting memories with your family.

The Emporium also has a unique advent calendar that features a candy cane dangle to tuck into the pocket for each day until December 25. It’s a fun way to anticipate Christmas.

Neighbor Gifts

Nearly everyone celebrates the holidays by giving small items to neighbors, but yours can stand out with just a little time and effort put into packaging. Put candies into a jar and embellish the top with ribbon and silk flowers. Use unusual items, such as hollow ornaments, as a container to hold your gift and wrap it in cellophane with ribbon. Including your family in preparing and delivering these items is a great way to celebrate the holiday season.

The Emporium at Thanksgiving Point is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm. Visit us at our website at or in person, just off I-15 and Point of the Mountain.

Another neighbor gift is a “customized” stamp or how about spraying your packages and rooms with a special fragrance from the Emporium. And luxurious in every way, la Bouquetiere’s body lotions and body powders will make you feel like royalty. Ultra-feminine fresh scents from France blended with moisturizers will nourish your skin and make you feel beautiful all over. A favorite scent is Tendre est la Nuit … get in in lotion and smoothing rice powder.

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