LEESVILLE, La. (KALB) The Galilean Christian Bookstore in Leesville glitters around this time of year. Thirteen Christmas trees are sprinkled throughout the store. But the magic begins long before the holiday season. Manager Tami Sarver said the planning starts in the summer, and by October, the trees go up.
Tami Sarver and Alice Hunt are some of the masterminds behind the elaborately decorated Christmas trees at the Galilean Christian Bookstore in Leesville. (KALB)
"Five or six months out, we're already thinking about Christmas and what we're going to do," she said. "As far as decorating, this year by the time they were all finished, it was about a week and a half to two weeks."
Each tree has a theme. There are classics like traditional, cardinal and military to glamorous flamingos and peacocks. Sarver said they try something new every season. This Christmas, it's a camping tree complete with S'mores ornaments.
Meanwhile, employee Alice Hunter battled with the peacock tree this year, decorating and re-decorating and moving it around the store.
"I love all of these beautiful blues and the green and shimmers," she said.
But it's more than just ornaments.
"I love the creativity. It's a creative process and it's all done with the customer in mind because a lot of people buy Christmas ornaments as gifts," Hunter said. "I love it that (customers) love it, and that they bring people back and look at the trees."
Sarver added that who come into the store "just love going to all the trees and looking at the different ornaments...they're just like wow!"
The Galilean is inviting children to write letters to baby Jesus and decorate their own ornament starting Dec. 1 during regular business hours. You can also vote for your favorite tree and enter a drawing by visiting their Facebook page.