If you are looking for some Christmas tree ideas, then you have to check out the beauties at Willow Glen’s Casa Casa store on Lincoln Avenue. “You salivate when you come in here,” said San Jose resident, Lisa Reinshagen, who decorates eight trees each year, one for each room of her house. She was on a field trip looking for ideas and a few new pieces to kick off her decorating this year. Casa Casa was the perfect place to get started.
Owner, Margie Pyler, starts picking out the Christmas tree ornaments from various vendors in January. The ornaments arrive in the summer and that is when the fun begins. They close the store for two days; putting up brown paper to cover the windows from prying eyes. They unveil the more than a dozen decorated trees with a big reception each year to kick off the holiday season.
This year trees include:
“Day at the Beach” – Complete with mermaids, sea shells, ceramic flip flops, paper mache sharks and Santa dressed up as a lifeguard, this tree inspires dreams of warm weather celebrations.
“Celtic Tree” – Mischievous leprechauns, shamrocks, celtic crosses, overflowing ale glasses and St. Nick dressed in green bring a little of the “luck o’ the irish” to your home.
“Parisian Style” – A mix of vintage finds, replicas of the Eiffel tower, stylized signs that say “Paris” and “Dream”, figurines of French sommeliers and champagne bottles highlight the glamour of the holidays.
The store had a “Traditional Tree” complete with angels in gold, a “Western Tree” with spurs, sombreros and cowgirl hats and a tree just for “dog lovers” with glitter laden bones.
My personal favorite? I am torn. One is covered with pairs of red victorian purses, gold beading and shoes. The other is the “Naughty or Nice” tree, decked out in red and green, which coyly asks one to define, “Just how naughty is naughty?”
1355 Lincoln Ave
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