Berlin to celebrate 29th Christmas Open House

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Christmas Open House began as a small event by two or three merchants in Berlin and has now expanded into a town-wide event that is in its 29th year.

Country Craft Cupboard was opened in 1984 in a small spot on the western side of Berlin. Holidays that first year were an experiment in trying a Christmas Open House, but it was very well attended, and as they say, the rest was history!

When Country Craft Cupboard moved uptown to the present location, in the old Boyd & Wurthmann grocery building, it only filled a portion of the store. No water was available on the part of the main floor occupied by the store and owner Karen Lamp recalls running up and down steps about 80 times on the day of the first open house to refill cookie trays and make fresh coffee.

As preparations are being made for the 29th Christmas Open House, Lamp notes "times have changed over the years, products have changed, personnel has changed, but one thing has not changed, and that is our wish to celebrate Christmas for the right reason! That is to remember the birth of our Saviour!"

The staff of Country Craft Cupboard wants to continue serving its customers to the best of its ability by providing quality craft supplies and wonderful ideas to inspire people to create their own handmade gifts, she said.

As always, the shop is full of ideas to make those gifts "by your hands and from your heart," Lamp said. "We also have ideas for holiday decor and much more."

Stamps to create Christmas cards are located in the lower level, as well as counted cross stitch and punch needle designs for the holidays.

Turn seasoned sweatshirts into something new with original pattern designs. The store also carries new shirts in hard-to-find colors and styles!

The wool room is filled with bolts of 100 percent wool and cupboards full of hand-dyed wools in beautiful colors, just ready for penny rugs, hooked rugs, or all wool applique' needs.

On Friday, Nov. 9, hours will be extended hours from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to give visitors plenty of time to sign up for prizes and sample yummy homemade cookies.

Saturday hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Both days all in-stock merchandise will be 20 percent off.

Gift cards are available for that special someone, when you aren't sure of just what he or she needs! (And yes, men do craft!)

What began here in Berlin as a few shops celebrating with a Christmas Open House, is now spreading, so come spend the day, or several days! Enjoy what Berlin has to offer for the beginning of the Holiday Season.'

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