Early Christmas Bargains Available Right Now

Getting your house decorated for the holidays gets tougher and tougher as the months fly by. Soon summer will be over, fall will kick in, Halloween will transform into Thanksgiving and you’ll be left staring at the to-do list wondering how Christmas could really be a few weeks away. It’s easier to start shopping when the deals start popping up in summer. Explore LTD’s early Christmas bargains and save yourself some holiday stress.

Christmas Curb Appeal

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The Light Flurries Outdoor Light Show accents the entire exterior of your home with a magical snowfall. Its self-contained design can be easily moved and set up in minutes. The rotating mirrored ball inside the unit reflects thousands of cascading snowflakes on solid surfaces. It covers up to 60 feet wide and 4 stories tall, has variable speed control and can be used inside as well. Put the true meaning of Christmas on display in your front yard with the 3-Pc. Solar Nativity Silhouette Stake Set. Mary prays over baby Jesus and Joseph is holding a solar-powered lantern that lights up the scene with an enchanting white glow. Decorated with red berries, natural pine cones and faux pine needles, the Holiday Monogram Wreath is exactly what you need to freshen up your front door for Christmas. The center monogram and burlap bow give it a personal touch.

Holiday Home Decor Favorites

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Accent a staircase, entryway or almost any other flat surface using the Lighted Holiday Lamppost. Its lighted design adds holiday warmth to your Christmas decor and can easily serve as a focal point in any room. Get ready for a ton of compliments from guests during the holiday season when you set out the adorable Set of 6 Reindeer Tea Light Holders. Each metal reindeer has a spot on its back to hold the tea light or LED tea light candle of your choice. Keep your little herd together or split them up around the house. Nobody will be able to miss the bold and trendy Holiday Marquee Sign. The cheery sign illuminates with white light for a classic movie theater appeal. Incorporate it into your Christmas decor on any flat surface and spread holiday cheer.

Magical Christmas Towns to Visit in America

Whether your highly-anticipated summer vacation is a couple weeks away or already in the rearview mirror, you’ve probably already started planning your next getaway. If you’re looking for a break from the same old Christmas gathering, consider packing up the family and heading to one of these magical Christmas towns.

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Durango, Colorado
This small Rocky Mountain mining town knows how to do Christmas right. Its main attraction is the Durango Polar Express, which recreates the classic Christmas tale. Families can take a ride on the Silverton Railroad at night through snowy winter settings. Hot cocoa and cookies are served while the story is read, ending as the train arrives at the “North Pole” where Santa Claus awaits. During the day, the steam engine also goes on Christmas tree trips where passengers can cut down their own tree and haul it back to the train station.

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Santa Claus, Indiana
Originally called Santa Fe, this tiny southern Indiana town was forced to change its name during the middle of the nineteenth century, choosing to adopt the name Santa Claus. It didn’t take too long for a load of letters to start arriving from hopeful kids trying to send their lists to Santa. Instead of changing its name again, the town started responding to the letters, and has written back to every child for over a century. The town might not be a Christmas destination, but if your kid wants to write a letter to Santa, you’re guaranteed a response.

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Park City, Utah
Utah is home to some of the most festive Christmas towns in America. One of the most visually stunning is Park City. Nestled southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Back of the Rocky Mountains, the old mining town is known for being one of the main locations for the Sundance Film Festival. But during the Christmas season, covered in snow, surrounded by ski resorts and illuminated with white lights, it looks like a classic Christmas portrait. There’s even a life-sized gingerbread house made out of thousands of sugary cookies.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
With all the commercialization that goes on during the holidays, it can be rare to find a city-wide Christmas celebration that’s structured around the true meaning of the holiday. New Orleans may be known for Mardi Gras, but it’s also home to one of the largest Christmas carol gatherings in the United States. Thousands of people come together dressed in Santa hats and holiday garb to sing Christmas carols by candlelight. The backdrop of the brightly lit St. Louis Cathedral helps set the scene, which gets bigger and bigger ever year.

Does your city, town or village celebrate Christmas in a big way? Have you visited one of these destinations or have one of your own to share? Comment below with your favorite places to celebrate the holidays!

Summer Christmas Special: LTD’s Early Planning Tips

Summer is nearing an end and the holidays are a lot closer than we think. Learn some early planning tips and how to make Christmas work all year long with these informative articles from LTD Commodities.

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4 Non-Christmas Ways to Decorate with Christmas Lights
Few things are as frustrating during the holidays as untangling Christmas lights from the previous year. But there might be a few ways to put some of those Christmas lights to use all year long, or at least during the summer months. Find out if these four non-holiday ways to decorate with Christmas lights work for you.

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Tweaking Traditional Christmas Dishes for Summer Palates
Americans tend to look forward to holiday dishes more than any other type of meal. There’s no denying that most of us wouldn’t mind ripping a few pages out of our Christmas recipe books earlier in the year to satisfy a holiday craving. Take a crack at tweaking Christmas dishes for summer palates with these how-to tips.

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The Mind-Boggling Benefits of Buying Christmas Toys Early
Whether it’s the high demand of a seasonal toy, a last-minute sale or long lines that make us long for an online option, holiday toy shopping can break Christmas spirits. If you’re thinking, “There has to be another way,” these mind-boggling benefits of buying Christmas toys early might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Christmas Stories with Morals for Any Time of Year
Some of the best stories were created with Christmas as their cornerstones. Not only do these classics bring us back to our favorite memories, they’re also perfect because of the morals they introduced us to. Introduce your kids to the same life lessons by reading these Christmas stories with great morals for any time of year.

4 Ideas for Repurposing Your Christmas Tree

Christmas-TreeIt’s not quite time to take down the holiday decorations — we need a little more time with the twinkling lights and the scent of evergreen bows before we give in to January’s chill. But when it’s time to dim the lights on the tree for the last time, we want to make sure we do what’s best for the Christmas tree, us and the environment. Here are 4 ideas for repurposing your Christmas tree.  

Native Restoration Trees are a natural habitat for all sorts of wildlife when they’re alive — and they can be a habitat even after they’ve been cut. Prop it up in your backyard for birds and squirrels to use temporarily. If you have a pond or a friend with a pond, you can create a semi-permanent habitat for fish. You have to anchor the tree and fully submerge it in the water, but it’s an excellent way to return your tree to nature.


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Many communities support Christmas tree recycling. There are drop-off centers who will take your tree off your hands — some cities even have curbside pick-up. The trees will likely be chipped into mulch to cover hiking trails and park paths.

Signature Scents Christmas trees have a fabulous natural fragrance and it can fill your home well beyond Christmas. You can put the needles in sachet bags and scatter them around the house or simmer a few small branches in water with a cinnamon stick for potpourri. 

Green Gardening If you have a garden, remove the branches of your tree to created a natural cover for your vegetable and flower beds. The pine needles will help the ground stay moist. If you have narrow but sturdy branches, you can save these for the spring to make a trellis for a vertical garden or stakes for plants. Evergreen stakes work to give indoor plants support as as well.  

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make every day of the year productive. Whether you need ideas for repurposing your Christmas Tree or you need products to make your home more organized, look to LTD for great ideas and awesome products.Christmas-Tree

Holiday Spirit: Curious Facts About Christmas

ltd-tree-pinkChristmas has evolved quite a bit over the centuries. Santa certainly didn’t deliver gifts at the first Christmas and candy canes weren’t a seasonal candy available in Bethlehem — these customs and traditions were picked up along the way and spread from culture to culture. Here are 5 curious facts about Christmas you didn’t know.

When in Rome Conventional wisdom suggests the Christmas tree tradition was started in Germany because of the seasonal song “O Tannenbaum,” but decorating evergreens for the winter holiday can be traced back to Ancient Rome. Ancient Romans dressed boughs of evergreen trees with fruits and nuts for their Saturnalia celebrations each winter. Early Christians may have adopted the evergreen tree as a symbol of rebirth and renewal to make the holiday feel more familiar to Roman converts to Christianity. The German tradition dates from the 1700s, but it didn’t catch on in England and America until the 1800s when Queen Victoria wrote about her happy memories of decorating trees as a princess.

nativity-ornament-setX Marks the Holiday Most people believe the “X” in Xmas is a way for advertisers to shorten the name of the holiday, but the nickname has a long history that has nothing to do with marketing and commerce. It’s a deeply religious symbol that got its start in monasteries. First commonly used in religious texts in the 1400s, the letter “X” signified the cross and was the first letter of Christ’s name in the Greek alphabet. For monks who spent hours toiling over manuscripts, finding a way to write quickly and efficiently was vital. When they replaced Christ’s name with an X, they were using what linguists call a Christogram.

American Revolution Christmas was once illegal in Boston. Until 1681, celebrating Christmas in Puritan Boston would cost you a five-shilling fine. Eventually, civic leaders loosened up and allowed Christmas celebrations, but even then, early Americans weren’t big on the holiday; in fact, some Puritans considered it a holdover from Catholicism. It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870, in part because the Puritans disapproved.

Little People Louisa May Alcott, the author famous for writing Little Women and Little Men, penned many short stories, novels and non-fiction articles, but a lesser known fact is that she’s responsible for giving Santa his elves. One of her short stories in 1856 mentioned Christmas elves, pointy-capped creatures who helped Santa Claus care for his reindeer and make gifts for good children. Although the story wasn’t published in her lifetime, she shared it with other writers, and a few years later, a story about Santa’s elves appeared in a copy of the magazine “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” one of the most influential publications of its time. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are enduring characters, but Alcott’s most famous literary creations might be Santa’s little helpers.ltd-pet-hats

Merry Petmas! Most people who have pets consider them part of the family. About 64% of American pet owners buy their pets gifts — some even hang the requisite stocking over the fireplace. Extra treats, a squeaky toy or a pet bed, we want to bring holiday cheer to every member of the family, four-legged and otherwise.

Happy holidays from LTD! Whether you’re celebrating with extended family or you’re having a quiet holiday with your pup, we wish you well this season and for the year to come.

Holiday Spirit: Our Favorite Holiday Movies

Christmas is next week! We know you’re scrambling to get everything ready for guests, gift shopping and planning your holiday dinner, but you need to take a little break to enjoy the season. A weekend away isn’t reasonable, but a night in front of the TV with a mug of hot cocoa and treats with the family is. We put together our list of favorite holiday movies to lift your holiday spirit.

The Muppet Christmas Carol The Muppets have a way of making just about anything their own — including a Dickensian tale of a miserly curmudgeon named Ebenezer Scrooge. The story is very dark for a holiday pick-me-up, but the Muppets give it life and comedy with songs like “Christmas Scat” from Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Even cast with Muppets, the movie stays true to the classic story and you walk away from it feeling a little more generous.

Christmas Vacation We went to Wally World and Europe with the Griswolds, but in Christmas Vacation, they take us us home — with all the misadventure of their other trips. It’s as uncomfortable and difficult as any other family holiday, just more… wacky and dangerous. Clark is as ambitious as ever — failing masterfully at all his plans as the holiday arrives. Christmas might be disappointing for the Griswolds, but the Griswolds don’t disappoint us.

Home Alone Who can resist the young, clever, towheaded McCaulay Culkin? In this 1990 John Hughes classic, he wins us over as Kevin McCallister — the youngest of a horde of children, who’s abandoned in his home while his family is off to Paris for Christmas. While the innocent little guy is trying to survive on his own, his calm, new life of solitude is disrupted by two brainless burglars. But our fearless youngster outsmarts the bad guys just in time for the family to return home on Christmas.

Elf While Buddy the Elf is decades older than Kevin McCalister, he’s certainly more naive. This 2003 favorite follows Buddy from his home with Santa and the Elves at the North Pole to New York City to find his biological father — a grouchy man who didn’t know he had a 40-year-old son. To Buddy’s disappointment, his dad rejects him and he’s left to navigate the new city by himself. But Buddy is persistent and as his dad gets to know Buddy, he softens and welcomes Buddy into his family for a merry Christmas.

A Christmas Story Rewind to a 1950’s Christmas in which a BB gun is at the top of 9-year-old Ralphie’s Christmas list. It’s his only fantasy and, despite the warnings he gets from everyone, he wishes and begs for this BB gun. After an awkward Christmas Eve dinner and disappointing Christmas morning, Raphie gets exactly what he wished for —  and way more than what he bargained for.

Gremlins The best Christmas present ever: a tiny, furry creature with all the charm of a two-week old kitten. The worst Christmas present ever: a tiny, furry creature that multiplies when it gets wet, turns into a scaly, slimy goblin when it eats after midnight and turns your town into a warzone. That’s what happens when Billy Peltzer receives a “mogwai” over the holidays. This horror-comedy is more hilarious than horrific and good for a laugh as the holidays approach. If you have doubts about its entertainment value, Steven Spielberg was the executive producer and the director was Chris Columbus of Home Alone fame.  

Grinch (1966) Looking vaguely similar to a gremlin, the Grinch is only slightly less menacing as the mythical creatures. The bitter Grinch — annoyed by Christmas cheer, takes it upon himself to make the holiday as miserable for everyone in Whoville as it is for him. He dresses up as Santa Claus, sneaks into all the homes to steal presents before they can be opened. Despite the Grinch’s efforts to put a stop to Christmas, he didn’t destroy Whoville’s Christmas spirit but, in the process, made a change for the good in himself.

It’s our favorite time of year at LTD Commodities! Whether you’re hosting a family dinner or you’re just watching holiday movies with the kids, look to LTD for great products and awesome ideas to make the season brighter.

 

Holiday Spirit: Fun Facts About Christmas Trees

christmas-treeOh, Christmas tree! It’s one of our favorite holiday decorations with traditions to keep us busy from the day after Thanksgiving to the day after the first of the year. It has a long history leading up to where it stands this holiday season — there’s so much to know, there’s probably a fact for every needle on the tree! But we compiled a list of the most fun facts about Christmas Trees.

  1. In the 19th century, Germany introduced the first artificial Christmas trees to the United States. They were made of goose feathers dyed green. Later, in 1930, an American brush company re-tooled the artificial Christmas trees using brush bristles similar to toilet brushes.
  2. Aluminum artificial Christmas trees were first manufactured in Chicago in 1958.
  3. According to History.com, it was allegedly Martin Luther’s idea to light Christmas trees with candles to resemble the stars in the sky. It wasn’t until 1882 that people started using electric lights.

  4. The New York Times attributes the idea of the Christmas tree lot to woodsmen Mark Carr who opened a lot in New York in 1851.
  5. christmas-treeTime Magazine credits construction workers during the Great Depression for erecting the first Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in 1931.

  6. According to WhiteHouseHistory.org, President Franklin Pierce erected the first White House Christmas tree in 1856, but the first official tree lighting ceremony was held in 1923 when  President Calvin Coolidge was in office.
  7. During Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency, he banned the Christmas tree from the White House because, as an environmentalist, he didn’t approve of cutting down trees for decoration.
  8. In 1979, to honor the American hostages in Iran, the only light on the National Christmas Tree was the top ornament.
  9. For every Christmas tree cut down or harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place.  
  10. It can take up to ten years for a tree to be big and mature enough to be harvested as a Christmas tree.
  11. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the Christmas tree industry provides about 100,000 jobs.
  12. According to statista.com, 33 million farm-grown Christmas trees were sold in the United States in 2013.
  13. Christmas trees are farmed in all 50 states.
  14. 93% of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their tree and, in the United States, there are more than 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs.
  15. Recycled real Christmas trees are used to make mulch for paths and hiking trails.
  16. An acre of Christmas trees provides enough oxygen to sustain 18 people for a day and the trees can remove dust christmas-treeand pollen from the air.

Whether you cut down your Christmas tree yourself or you bought an artificial tree from LTD Commodities, the Christmas tree is an essential part of the holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!  

LTD’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Week

It’s the end of the week and we have just two weeks left until Christmas. With all of the parties and presents, this season can sap all of the energy out of you! So when it comes to getting the rest of the gifts on your list, a click or a swipe to take over the transactions sounds pretty good. With relaxing shopping in mind, we picked out a few items you’ll like to round out your holiday shopping. Here are LTD’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Week.

dollBaby, Baby Your little girl will feel like she’s caring for a real baby with a La Newborn Real Life 14″ Doll Set or Outfits. The adorable, all-vinyl doll in the Doll Set looks and feels just like a real newborn. She even arrives wearing a hospital bracelet! The doll comes with a sturdy bathtub that’s made with high quality materials that will stand the test of time and play. The set also comes with bath accessories. Plastic and polyester. After the bath, her little Mommy can dress her in one of the adorable Doll Outfits. Polyester. For ages 2 and up.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtlesThe Inner Child Men’s Licensed Jean Lounge Pants are designed for the man with a strong sense of humor. They’re printed to look like a pair of worn-out, faded jeans with boxers in a licensed print sticking out at the waist. Made of a comfortable, soft knit fabric, they have an elastic waistband for a secure fit. Cotton. Machine care. Imported.

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Classy Camouflage Conceal a bottle of wine in this lightweight Luxury Insulated Wine Clutch. Fully lined with thermal insulation, it looks like a fashionable handbag and works to keep 750 ml. bottles cold. It can also be used to carry snacks, lunch, water bottles and more. Comes with a stainless steel corkscrew tucked in the outside zippered pocket. 13″W x 4″D x 6″H, with a 5″ handle drop. Polyurethane and aluminum. Imported.

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Superhero Style Be one with your favorite character when you wrap up in this fun boys’ licensed throw. Slip your arms into this comfy throw’s sleeves, and it puts your face on the character’s body. Its cool, hands free design and fleece construction are perfect for lounging or playing video games. 48″ sq. Polyester. Machine care. Imported.

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Inspiration Station Just add color to the 30 original designs in this adult coloring book to create your own masterpiece. Each beautiful page can be put on display once you’ve fulfilled your artistic vision. Perforated edge makes the page easy to remove. 8-1/2″W x 10″L. Softcover, 64 pages.

Holiday Spirit: 8 Tips for Surviving Your Office Holiday Party

christmas-office-partyThe Christmas office party is a standard for most companies and businesses. It’s a time to give thanks to employees for the work they did all year. You don’t have to attend yours, but if you do, there are some rules to follow. Here are 8 tips for surviving your office holiday party.

Don’t Give Them Something to Talk About Remember that just because it’s a party you can act as if your best friend is throwing it. Remember to relax and have fun but to behave yourself the way you would at the office.

christmas-office-partyMind Your Drinking There’s almost always one person who is over-served at the office party — don’t let it be you. When someone’s drinking gets out of hand, you can bet he or she is the hot topic for the next few days at work. At best, it’s embarrassing; at worst, someone loses a job.

Dress Conservatively You don’t have to wear your Sunday best, but you don’t want to wear anything too revealing, either. A simple outfit with a few extra sparkles is enough holiday spirit for an office party.

Come for the Party, Stay for the Job Though it’s usually optional, an office holiday party is another form of a meeting, only more fun. People — like your boss and coworkers — expect you to be there. It’s part of being a team player and it’s good for company morale.

Leave Photography to the Professionals When you spend 40 hours a week with people, they tend to become your friends. Documenting friendships with pictures on Instagram and Facebook is great, but you may want to hold off on that during the office Christmas party. Though you may be following office party etiquette, others may not be. You don’t want photos floating around the internet of your friends after they’ve had too much to drink and you don’t want to accidentally post a picture with someone in the background doing something inappropriate.

Don’t Talk Shop Though it’s a work function, it is for fun, so keep chats about spreadsheets and ROIs to a minimum. You have 40 other hours in the week to get your fill of work talk. Relax. Enjoy the party.

Mingle Use this time to get to know other people in the company. It’s not often you can have a relaxed conversation with someone who sits on the other side of the building. Make a new friend and learn a little more about the different people who make your company thrive. It also looks good for your department to be outgoing and welcoming. When the time comes that you need something from them, they’ll gladly help you out and vice versa.  christmas-office-party

Stay Positive Don’t be a buzzkill — keep gossip and any work complaints to yourself. It drags down your co-workers and puts a damper on the occasion. It’s much easier to have a good time when you’re in a good mood — don’t spoil it!

LTD Commodities has products and ideas for just about every occasion! Whether you need gifts for your family holiday party or you need tips on how to behave at the office, shop LTD for great products and helpful hints.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Week

critter-head-wrapsHoliday shopping is about to get real! While your head is spinning trying to figure out just the right deals, we put together a list of some of our favorite gift ideas at the deepest discounts. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Week.

Cute & Cozy Set of 2 Kids’ Critter Headwraps is a fun way to stay warm this winter. Each critter in the themed set has an adorable nose and ears that bring it to life. Tight knit stitching is sure to keep them cozy and comfortable for hours of outdoor play. One size fits most. Acrylic. Imported.skinny-mix-trio-set

Holiday Spirits With the Skinny Mix Trio Gift Set, you can enjoy your favorite drinks without worrying about your waistline. Each set features 3 delicious flavors with reduced sugar and calories. Add vodka to the Martini set for the perfect martini without the usual calories. Put the Syrup in coffee, hot cocoa, milkshakes and more to enjoy your favorite holiday flavors all year long. Just add the Margarita mix to tequila for an easy, skinny margarita.12.7 oz., each flavor.monogram-luggage-set

 Fly with Flair This cool 3-Pc. Monogram Luggage Set has an initial embroidered in orange thread on the front of each piece. The eye-catching camo print makes this luggage stand out from the crowd. The extendable handle on the rolling suitcase locks into place for easy wheeling. It has a zippered pocket on the front, a zippered compartment and a double-zippered main compartment with a spacious interior. Attached to the suitcase is a compact, detachable clutch with a full zipper closure. The duffel bag has a front zippered pocket and a double-zippered main compartment. Includes a removable shoulder strap.embroidered-cardigan

Whimsical Wardrobe Embroidered Open Front Cardigan is a wonderful layering piece for your wardrobe. Graceful long cardigan has contrasting decorative stitching around the lower hem and the collar. The design begins on the front and wraps around the back. Lengths are 38″, 38-1/2″ and 39″. Cotton. Imported.big-books-with-stickers

Portable Projects Have hours of fun coloring and placing stickers in this Licensed Big Book with Stickers. With 20 pages to color and over 100 stickers, this book will help bring your favorite characters to life. Its built-in handle lets you carry it wherever you go. 13-1/2″W x 19-1/2″L. Softcover. For ages 3 and up.