It's Christmas every month at Greenwood's!
Greenwood’s Year ‘Round Christmas store is just what it sounds like — a year-round Christmas store — and it spreads cheer to East Texas all year! Don and Jan Greenwood began collecting Christmas ornaments nearly 4 decades ago, and in 1999 decided to open a store in Downtown Gladewater completely dedicated to Christmas.
Inside Greenwood’s you will find thousands of ornaments, both collectible and recreational. The Greenwood’s have a Christmas tree, visible from the street, that is filled with Christopher Radko ornaments. Don Greenwood consider’s Radko’s ornaments the “Rolls Royce” of Christmas ornaments because each piece is crafted and painted by hand.
FUN FACT: Christopher Radko ornaments have decorated the White House, adorned the Kennedy Center, and garnished the personal collections of celebrities such as Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Robert DeNiro, Elizabeth Taylor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. And of course a Christmas tree at Greenwood’s.
You will also find hundreds of Old World Christmas glass ornaments. Greenwood describes these as your “everyday life” ornaments because you can seriously find just about anything you want in ornament form. They have animals, both domestic and exotic, careers, snowmen, angels, flowers, oods (including cauliflower, bacon, peanut butter, asparagus, apples etc.). Seriously, everything.
And one of our favorite part of walking around Greenwood’s was chatting with Don about the stories and legends behind so many of the ornaments. Like the Christmas Spider Ornament.
According to the legend, an old woman once was busily cleaning her home for Christmas Eve the day the Christ Child was to come and bring blessings. As she retired for the night, her home was spotless. Even the spiders had been banished to the attic! But the spiders, eager to see the tree, crept back out into the room. They explored the entire tree, but as they did they left cobwebs over the surface of the tree. The next morning, when the Christ Child came to her home, the old woman was dismayed to see the tree covered with cobwebs. Knowing how hard she had worked to clean her house, the Christ Child touched the webs and they all turned to sparkling silver and gold. Ever since that time, Christmas trees have been hung in tinsel. Now it is considered good luck to have a spider among the festive decorations on your tree.
You can also find an entire wall of Department 56 villages. Both Christmas and Halloween. And there’s an entire wall of Jim Shore merchandise, too.
Greenwood’s is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays.
They’re located at 111 E Pacific Avenue in Gladewater.
You can find them on Facebook here.
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