The Decorator's Warehouse
The Decorator’s Warehouse, located in Arlington, Texas, bills itself as Texas’s largest Christmas store. And it is very large. But what really impresses you upon entering the place is just how jam-packed it is with holiday and seasonal baubles, as if despite its football-field size floor space they still did not have quite enough room to fit everything.
As soon as you walk in the door you’re assaulted with holiday cheer; the entrance is rather elaborately decorated and serves as both a picture station and portal of sorts into this alternate dimension that feels something like Santa’s attic.
Their stock ranges from the interesting and obscure to frou-frou items for fancy lovers of antiques. One thing for certain is that you won’t find any of it at your local Target. The inventory is stacked so high above your heads it can make you feel like a child at times.
The forest themes that predominate in part of the store have an almost Narnia-like quality; like you’ve stepped through the wardrobe and now find yourself wandering through C. S. Lewis’s land of fantasy. Christmas was a strong theme in that book as well, as I recall.
Angels with their lamps announce the birth of the Christ-child. December is in the very wood and mortar of this place.
The Christmas lights. Rows and rows of trees decorated with the latest LED adornments. Most of the lights not only alternate brightness, but can actually change colors. It’s a much subtler and more sophisticated look than I remember from my childhood. I’m wondering whether Charlie Brown would appreciate that or not.
After staring at this picture of Santa on the back of a tote bag for a couple of minutes, I became distinctly uncomfortable and found myself averting its strange and powerful gaze.
Deer are one of the true icons of the Christmas season, and it is good to see them respected in these elaborate and stylized decorations.
All sorts of oddities abounded at this place. So much more than was possible to capture. This came from a themed Christmas display for military families.