The Christmas Grainery open for the season

Folks will see a few new faces around The Christmas Grainery.

While most of the features remain a mystery behind pine needles, Christmas gnomes have begun to make their appearance at the holiday shop owned by Debbie and Greg Alexander in rural Sheldon.

The fun and whimsical figures are quite a popular Christmas trend this year and customers will have the chance to make their very own.

“It’s something people have just decided they really liked and they’re all over the place now,” Debbie said. “I’ll have some made and people can come make their own, too. A couple weeks ago we actually had a group of 10 third-graders come make them for a birthday party, so that was a lot of fun.”

Anyone interested in building their own gnome or wreath can simply contact The Christmas Grainery via Facebook or give them a call to set up an appointment.

Otherwise the Grainery is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays or weekdays by appointment.

In addition to the gnomes and wreaths there is a selection of woodworking, crafts and honey from local vendors for sale in the shop.

And, of course, a nice selection of live Christmas trees.

They’re stocked up on Canaan and Fraser firs as well as some white and red pines. They consider themselves lucky to be able secure fresh trees this year.

“The drought hit everyone really hard and tree are pretty hard to come by this year, so we feel fortunate we have those my husband cut down from the east side of the state, so they’re good and fresh and then the Frasers came from Wisconsin,” Debbie said. “We feel fortunate we were able to get what we did and we feel good about the ones we have. They look nice.”

They’re still waiting on their own stock of Christmas trees to grow a few more feet before adding them to the mix.

Debbie noted that they have maybe five that would be tall enough at this point, but they’ll wait until they have more of an abundance.

Until then they’ll simply enjoy the smiles they see from every visitor to the Grainery.

“It’s fun to see people come back and be able to reconnect with the community,” Debbie said.

Those connections are made strong one tree, wreath and Christmas gnome at a time.