Like the song goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a great way to spend your time (and some money!) is at Glenda’s Christmas Cottage. Glenda’s is an amazing Christmas store that opens up every year in November and December. If you’re looking for anything Christmas related—from candles to tree ornaments to a Christmas village—you’ll probably find it at Glenda’s. Honestly, we could spend hours at the store and still not see everything she has available.
Owner Glenda Cox opened Glenda’s Christmas Cottage 22 years ago at her husband’s suggestion. She had so many Christmas decorations he told her she should open a store at Christmas. Glenda says she didn’t think the store would survive and spent the first year operating out of one room while spending most of her time outside. After a few years, the store was expanded. Now, the cottage takes up an entire shed in the yard and Glenda has seven workers helping her manage the store. Even her granddaughters help out.
So how does she choose what she sells? Glenda goes to a variety of trade shows, including in Seattle and Toronto, and chooses items she thinks people will like. In her travels during the rest of the year, she looks for unique items to sell.
“I don’t sell crafts, that’s about the only thing I don’t sell,” Glenda says. “There are so many craft fairs out here that people can sell at. So I stay away from those. I also don’t sell wrapping paper. But I sell just about everything else that’s about Christmas.” That includes ornaments, gifts, decorations, gourmet foods, candles, potpourri, keepsakes, snowmen, Department 56 Dickens’ Village series, Byers’ Choice handcrafted carolers, jewelry, and dancing Santa hats.
Speaking of ornaments, Glenda’s carries virtually every type of ornament available, from ornaments for animal lovers to sports fanatics, and from purse and shoe designs to nutcrackers. She also carries the traditional ornamental balls in a variety of colours and designs. You can even top off your tree with one of the many different angels she carries. There’s also no shortage of reindeer or Santa decorations.
In addition to the cottage, Glenda’s yard is decorated for Christmas, including hundreds of Christmas lights, carefully put out by Glenda’s elves. Just driving up to the cottage will put you in a cheerful, Christmas mood. The lights are turned on daily at 4:00 pm.
Every year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage holds a cookie decorating day, where around 400 children come to the store and decorate Christmas cookies with Mrs. Claus and Santa. This year, approximately $400 was raised at the event and donated to the local food bank. Glenda’s also helped decorate the LIFE Recovery house.
Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is open from November 1 through December 23 yearly. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.
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Glenda’s Christmas Cottage
4557 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford