If you have the Christmas spirit, you'll enjoy a visit to Santas workshop on Jekyll Island - Santa's Christmas Shoppe.
Our family loves Christmas. Not only for what it stands for, but for the great family times that, over the years, have become traditions.
My boys and I have always gone out to cut a real tree, either from the woods or from a tree farm. We have a wonderful time together (like most families, I'm sure) putting up the tree, decorating it, and wrapping presents. Martha serves up home-baked cookies fresh from the oven. A spicy scent of cinnamon and cloves permeates the air from a pot of Wassail simmering on the stove.
I have yet to entice Martha into entering Santa's Christmas Shoppe in the "off-season", however - even though it's a wonderful - almost magical - taste of Christmas all year round.
"I just can't get into Christmas in the summer," my loving wife says.
I sort of feel that way, too. But I'm the kind of guy who likes to poke my nose into nooks and crannies and out-of-the-way places, including eccentric shops that celebrate Christmas throughout the year.
You can find lots of unique bargains that way.
Jekyll Island resort is a Georgia tourism destination of excellence. You'll find Santa's Christmas Shoppe in the Millionaire's Village area.
It used to be in the historic Power Plant building, but when the powers-that-be decided to renovate that building for the new home of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Santas workshop on Jekyll Island had to move. It now shares a building with the Island House, but is still owned by the same 3 Southern ladies who've owned it for 25 years - Mary Bishop, Martha Ellis and Marie Stubbs.
Susan Sullivan, the manager of Santa's Christmas Shoppe, is enthusiastic about the shop's extensive Christmas-themed wares. Along with a wide range of fine gifts, holiday decorations and name-brand collectibles, Susan explained that Santa's Christmas Shoppe offers visitors gift choices ranging from Christopher Radko, Byers Choice Carolers, Fontanini Nativities, Possible Dreams, Clothique, and Polynaise, plus a wonderful eclectic selection of Christmas ornaments.
"Byers Choice is a line of dolls representing Christmas carolers in a variety of costumes and positions," Susan said. "We also have Possible Dreams Clothique Santa's (both Mr. and Mrs. Santa). And the Fontanini Nativities offer a selection of nativity scenes. These are all collectibles, and make wonderful gifts."
Santa's Christmas Shoppe is a great place for a little off-season Christmas shopping. Or come sometime in December, when Jekyll Island transforms into Holiday Island in celebration of the season.
Visit Santas workshop on Jekyll Island at 17-A Pier Road from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. You can call them at (912)635-3804.
Come with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. Santa's Christmas Shoppe will welcome you - even in the heat of summer.
'Cause at Santas workshop, the elves are always eager to serve.