Old World Christmas
DRIVE ALONG THE historic
Lincoln Highway in Pennsyl–
vania and you might notice a
cozy late-19th-century brick
house in New Oxford.
Welcome to The Christmas
Haus ( www.thechristmashaus.
com). Stroll through the store
and you’ll see Old World holiday items such as spun-glass
ornaments, stuffed animals,
nutcrackers and Santa Claus–
shaped candy containers.
They’re all purchased during
shop owner Roger Lund’s
annual trips to Germany.
The shop, Lund’s loving
tribute to the authentic
German Christmas experience, is full of special items.
For instance, the glass ornaments are made by a family
whose history in glass blowing
dates back to the 1500s. The
Christmas Haus has a very
large collection of these glass
ornaments, selling more than
For Germans who
remember their birthplace,
The Christmas Haus is a taste
of home. “Our merchandise
stirs up memories of childhood and makes for great sto-
r ies literally every day,” says
L und, a longtime Costco
m ember. “I love to share my
c ustomers’ pasts and help them
r ecapture those memories.”
Lund strives to offer
q uality merchandise at a
g ood value in a friendly and
r elaxed atmosphere. Most of
his customers are tourists on
their way to Gettysburg or
Amish country. He hopes to
e xpand his business by
i ncreasing his Web offerings and by continuing to
host weekly open houses,
which are stocked with his
favorite Costco bakery
Roger Lund at The
Adam@Home by Brian Basset
Casa for the holidays
DARLENE TENES, a Costco member in San Jose, California, is
zealous about preserving the traditions of the various Latin
American cultures in the United States.
“I grew up in a large Catholic Mexican family. We get
together for every occasion at the drop of a sombrero. I think
it is such a warm, loving experience to invite people into your
home to eat and share stories, which is becoming a lost art in
today’s fast-paced society,” Tenes says.
In 2005 she launched CasaQ ( www.casaq.com), a Web-based
business that sells products, offers services and publishes stories
and information that help serve, preserve and celebrate the traditions of Spain, Mexico and Latin America.
The “q” in the company’s name
stands for querida, Spanish for “darling”
or “love.” Taken together, Tenes says,
the company’s name means “loving
“CasaQ combines everything I
think is important in life: faith, culture,
family and, of course, food!” she says.
This month, for instance, the Web
site offers an array of Christmas ornaments that
combine European Christian traditions with the
religions and customs of the indigenous people of the
New World. Mayan-themed mirror ornaments, red and
green glass decorations shaped like chile peppers and
a shiny red ornament in the shape of a ranchero boot
are examples of CasaQ’s holiday offerings.—Will Fifield
Deck the wreath with boughs of holly
THIS TIME OF year is rich with
holiday traditions—some of which
evolve as we celebrate with friends
Elizabeth Allen, a Costco
member in Encinitas, California,
and her friends started a tradition
of their own about four years ago.
On the last Sunday of November, Allen and friends meet to
dress up their holiday wreaths.
Each of the women brings her
As hostess of the party, Allen
heads to Costco the Saturday
before to buy the wreaths for
each of her friends. She waits
until the day before so that they’ll
be their freshest for the party.
“By the end of the party, we
Rouda Krakow displays her
wreath after a decorating
party last year.
have beautiful wreaths, the type
you’d find at a five-star hotel,”
Allen says. “The best wreaths
have all kinds of creative
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