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Balsam Hill’s Season of Giving: CSAAC’s Decorated Christmas Tree

Christmas is at the heart of what we do here at Balsam Hill, and what better time to give back than during the Yuletide season? In November, we launched our Season of Giving campaign as part of our efforts to raise awareness for different charities and their worthy causes.

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One of this year’s featured charities is Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), which our brand ambassador Dagmar introduced to us in her post. We also got a chance to know more about them through an exclusive Q&A, detailing what inspires them to reach out to those in need. We’re taking a look at their beautifully decorated Balsam Hill Christmas tree today and learn more about the special ornaments they used.

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Countdown to Christmas: Wrap up and Giveaway Winners

Our special blog campaign has come to an end and it has been a joy counting down the days to Christmas with you. We would like to thank all our blogger friends who joined and shared with us their most heartfelt holiday stories and thoughts. From cherished childhood memories to generations-old traditions, each story serves as a reminder that Christmas is all about love, joy, giving, and family.

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Merry Christmas from Balsam Hill

From our family to yours, we would like to wish you the merriest of Christmases. At Balsam Hill, it is the time we look forward to the most out of the entire year. To spread some heartwarming cheer on this very special day, our employees were asked to describe what Christmas is to them, as Christmas has different meanings for different people.

Watch a video from our CEO, Thomas Harman, explaining what Christmas is to him.



Christmas is a time for all things warm, cozy and familiar. Christmas feels like a small, mitten-clad hand tucked into mine as we walk through the snow. Christmas looks like my mom’s grin and the twinkle in my dad’s eye as my parents stand beaming at the front door, welcoming weary travelers. Christmas sounds like the carols we all sing around the piano, as we’ve done since I was a little girl. Christmas smells of cinnamon and cloves and fresh pine needles, and tastes like pot roast and apple pie just out of the oven.  Christmas is a time where we all can come home, no matter how far we’ve gone.
– Emily S.

Read more below about how other members of our team describe this wonderful time of year.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Countdown to Christmas: Christmas Gifts by Courtney


When I was growing up, sitting on the floor by the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree was one of my favorite things to do. There was just something about the room all aglow with those lights that was magical.

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Balsam Hill’s Countdown to Christmas: Week 3 round-up

For the past three weeks, our Countdown to Christmas campaign has been illuminating us with insightful looks into what the season means to different people. It’s just two days away until Christmas Day and we hope that you are as excited as we are!

Balsam Hill Countdown to Christmas

Read on for this week’s collection of festive memories and heartwarming family traditions from our blogger friends.
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Dagmar Decorates: Debbie Macomber Book Signing Event, Part Two

Welcome to the second half of our two-part feature on Debbie Macomber’s Merry Market. Last December 5, Random House hosted a special book signing event for Debbie’s latest novel, Dashing Through the Snow, and I had the pleasure of decorating the venue.

Balsam Hill’s Sparkle Red and Green garland adorned the event’s marquee-style lights | Photo by Danielle Siess

Balsam Hill’s Sparkle Red and Green garland adorned the event’s marquee-style lights

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Thomas Harman Visits Poland’s Finest Glass Ornament Workshops

Balsam Hill’s passion for exquisite glass ornaments brought Thomas Harman, founder and CEO, to Poland where he felt privileged to be able to speak with glass blowing experts during his tour of several artisanal workshops. Seeing firsthand the amount of effort it takes to create each piece has given him newfound appreciation of how special these blown glass ornaments truly are. In this brief video, Thomas shares some highlights and his personal thoughts about his trip to Poland.

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Balsam Hill’s Countdown to Christmas: Week 2 Round-up

Our Countdown to Christmas campaign is rolling along wonderfully since we launched it last December 1st. We’re counting down to the big day with our group of talented bloggers, highlighting fond Christmas memories and treasured holiday traditions along the way.

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For this week’s round up of bloggers, we feature some of their thoughts on what Christmas means to them, along with a small sampling of their beautiful Balsam Hill Advent calendar photos.
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Show your #BalsamHillLove: Christmas Tree Photo Contest

One of our favorite ways of celebrating the season of love and giving is by giving away wonderful prizes. For the third consecutive year, we invite you to enter your picture-perfect Christmas tree in our Christmas tree photo contest for a chance to win one of two $300 Balsam Hill gift cards.


How to Enter

Joining this contest is quick and easy. First, fill out the form on our Facebook contest app. Then, upload a photo of your decorated Christmas tree on Facebook or Instagram, and tell us what you like most about it. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #BalsamHillLove too!

Click here to read the full contest rules.

Contest Period

Submission of entries will be from Dec 14, 8:30 AM PST to Dec 28, 11:59 PM PST. The voting period begins on Dec 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM PST and ends Jan 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST


Participants stand to win one of two $300 gift cards – one for the tree with the most number of votes, and the other for the most creatively decorated tree as judged by Balsam Hill.

Visit our official Facebook page for more details and updates.