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Under the Mistletoe

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by Belladonna (subscribe)
Loves going out and about, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and writing about her adventures!
Published July 21st 2020
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
As the great Andy Williams sang, Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year. Fortunately for those of us in Canberra who can't get enough of the festive season, we can now enjoy all that mistletoing and carolling and decking our halls with boughs of holly not just in December, but ALL YEAR LONG.

Because there's now a brand new store right here in the Bush Capital that celebrates the magic of Christmas every single day of the year.

Welcome to Under the Mistletoe!

Located in Gold Creek, Under the Mistletoe is the dream of Christmas-obsessed Jenny Brogan and her Canberran husband, Ben. Originally from England, Jenny grew up on a farm in Wales and remembers very fondly the snowy Christmases of her childhood. "I have never forgotten the magic of Christmas as I have grown up and I love how much joy Christmas can bring," she tells me. "I have grown my own collection at home over the years and usually put up 5 trees-this grows each year! I love designing my home with my Christmas décor and it brings me so much happiness. I always wanted to have a Christmas store so I could enjoy my passion with others and bring joy to the community."

For Jenny, Christmas is a truly magical time. "Christmas to me is a feeling, a smell, a taste, a sound, something twinkling, a feeling of pure excitement and happiness," she says. "Christmas is where we can all revert back to being a child again, where we can all feel the magic. I love how Christmas brings out the best in people. I love how Christmas brings us all together."

Under the Mistletoe
Even though Jenny has long held the dream of owning a Christmas store, the actual setting up of Under the Mistletoe came upon her and Ben rather more quickly than they had expected. "Ben and I had discussed a shop at Gold Creek months before," she explains to me. "However, we didn't really pursue anything, until one morning (Friday 5th June) we were sat at our favourite café (Gold Creek café) when we noticed the shop next door for rent. We made a call and viewed the shop on the following Tuesday at 9am. By 6pm that night I had said yes to the landlords and took the shop! We had 2.5 weeks from getting the keys to opening the shop and it's been an amazing journey ever since!"

Festive delights
Under the Mistletoe sells a large range of Christmas products including trees, lights, baubles, florals, figurines, Christmas glitter lanterns, elves, Santas, stockings, tree skirts, bonbons, jewellery and ties, Australiana Christmas, candles centrepieces and much more. As Jenny and Ben hadn't planned on opening their shop so very quickly, they are still building their range of amazing Christmas products.

"I am loving our rustic Christmas range," Jenny says. "I love the cute animals like the forest friends of the Christmas squirrels, hedgehogs and foxes. Our customers are loving our glitter lanterns range as they are so pretty and special. I also can't go past the traditional decorations of gold, red and green. We have some beautiful baubles in this range as well as gorgeous florals."

Many of Under the Mistletoe's products are currently sourced from Australian suppliers. Jenny and Ben are also supporting some local Canberra businesses with their Christmas jewellery range, and they also have a local candle maker producing soon-to-be released Christmas candles. They will also soon be stocking products from the popular English brand, Jim Shore as well as some of the American brand, Katherine's collection. And there will be a large variety of trees coming in September, with trees ranging in height from 4ft to 12ft.

Jenny and Ben have been blown away by the Canberra community's support for their all year long Christmas shop. "Our customers have been so lovely and supportive," Jenny tells me. "We wanted to do this to be able to bring joy into the community after the difficult year we have all had, and we feel that we are doing this. It's been so beautiful to see the smiling children and the happy adults loving the store. It has made all the hard work worth it! We are also very grateful for the wonderful girls we have helping us at the store. They are just as excited as we are and we are very lucky to have them as part of our team."

Visit Under the Mistletoe
Under the Mistletoe is located at Shop 4, 26 O'Hanlon Place, Federation Square, Nicholls. Open 7 days a week from 10am-4pm.

Please visit their Facebook page here and discover their incredible range of products that will make you want to celebrate Christmas all year long!

"I'd never have to stop singing those Christmas songs

And opening the gifts would just go on and on
This magic feeling never would be gone
I wish it could be Christmas all year long."

Mack Z

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When: Open 7 days a week from 10am-4pm
Where: Shop 4, 26 O'Hanlon Place, Federation square, Nicholls.
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