have been upgraded to commercial grade so that six (Costco also carries undecorated on holiday
strings can be safely connected together per outlet. Kirkland Signature pre-lit 9-foot gar-
Themed outdoor decorations include a new lands, #777867.) decorations that
blow-up inflatable water globe filled with three These gorgeous wreaths and garlands
snowmen and blowing snow (#888901); 3-D holo- arrive in warehouses October 15 and will fit all tastes,
graphic train(#886889),stackofpresents(#887744) be priced at less than $37 each. Many
or snowman on ice cubes (#887746); a 60-inch-tall high-end retailers will be selling similar from traditional
twinkle snowman (#779749); and so much more. creations this season for $350 or more.
For indoors, Shelly reports families are purchas- The European opalescent glass and/or religious
ing several trees and decorating one nostalgically for ornaments (#489522) reflect the true
the family room, placing a more fashion-forward meaning of “Old World crafted.” Each is to fanciful.
decorative tree in the living room and then person- hand-blown and color-dipped in Poland
alizing trees for each bedroom. or Germany in the artisans’ homes. I consider these
Costco’s Kirkland Signature™ pre-lit spruce unique pieces next year’s cherished heirlooms.
trees are perfect for such a decorating extravaganza. I would be remiss not to mention the holiday
The trees come in two sizes: 7. 5 feet tall with 1,500 products created under the Kirkland Signature
lights (#894039) and 9 feet tall with 1,800 lights label. Look for the hand-painted nativity swathed
(#900946). Both include General Electric’s Constant in rich, muted jewel tones and staged with a three-
On lights (if one light goes out, the string stays lit) panel LED backdrop (#662120); porcelain nut-
and a back-saving on/off foot switch—but the real cracker village (#663310) complete with pirouetting
news is the addition of polyethylene (PE) to the dancers, a double-motion stage and rotating music
tree’s exterior boughs and tips. shop; three-king candleholders (#906436); and
“We want trees that look the most lifelike, so many other delectables.
expensive PE molded plastic has been added,” At costco.com, Jodi reveals that during Nov-
explains Shelly. “Real boughs are used to make the ember a striking
7.5-foot Fraser fir with 700 lights
molds, two color tones are incorporated and all (#818569) and an
8.5-foot Hawthorne fir with
plastics are either molded or twisted onto a steel 1,300 lights (#942225) will be offered with a $50- or
frame, which is particularly nice for members who $80-off coupon, respectively. Many more trees, pre-
hangheavy ornaments.” decorated garlands and wreaths, and pre-lit and
The ideal accompaniment to the Kirkland pre-decorated tabletop trees are also online. All can
Signature trees is the trio of beautifully decorated be shipped directly to your front door.
wreaths (#788644) and matching, pre-lit, deco- Due to popular request, the chunky wooden
rated garlands (#892047). Each style is packaged nutcrackers (#900849) are back. A new rotating
in a color-coded box for ease of selection. Blue wooden Advent tree (#892018) and a new type of
boxes contain blue spruce garlands and/or water globe called a water window(#900847) have
wreaths in a sophisticated burgundy and gold been added. And, of course, gift-wrapping para- Send your questions
palette. ( This color scheme is stunning.) Green phernalia and handmade cards are abundant. boxes hold the traditional red and gold color I end this month’s column with two notes. First, or comments for
scheme, and red boxes reflect the latest trend of for holiday touch-up tips, see October’s Costco Pat Volchok to:
red poinsettias, ice-covered berries and other Connection Online Edition (
items dusted in “snow.” com). Second, a travel advisory: As you shop at your The garlands come with 150 UL-approved favorite Costco this holiday season, be on the look-
lights so that up to three strands can be plugged out for the jolly old guy with the big white beard and
together for a show-stopping 27-foot-long display. his helpers. I hear they shop at Costco, too. C More ➤
I did some shopping to compare Costco’s
Kirkland Signature Fabric Maché Nativity Set
(#662120) with similar ones in popular mail-order
catalogs. Here’s a look.
Includes: Holy family, three kings, shepherd,
donkey, camel. Fabric and resin, 7" to 11" tall.
Includes: Holy family, three kings, shepherd,
donkey, camel, sheep, angel, two pots,
two cypress trees, lighted backdrop. Fabric
and resin, 5. 5" to 9" tall.
Price: $100 to $116