Christmas is a holiday steeped in tradition. One of the most beloved is the holiday artwork of Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light. Kindade was born in Sacramento in 1958 and achieved success by mass marketing his work as printed reproductions of Christmas scenes, realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects.
Kinkade passed away in 2012 after spending most of his life in northern California. He grew up in Placerville and attended the University of California, Berkeley in addition to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In the mid-1980s, Kinkade earned his living as a painter selling his original artwork in galleries throughout California.
His artwork lives on and is enjoyed by millions of people across the United States and throughout the world, especially during Christmas time. By his own estimation, one in every twenty American homes owned a copy of one of his paintings. Licensing with corporations like Teleflora have made it possible for his images to be used in incredibly detailed containers for holiday floral arrangements.
New for 2021 is Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Bouquet, a hand-painted, light-up Thomas Kinkade collectible set atop a magnificent bouquet of festive holiday flowers and fresh Christmas greens.
The good news is we have reached the end of 2020 – a year will forever be remembered by the unprecedented impact it had on our world. The reality is that the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes throughout every aspect of our lives, from how we live and work to how we interact and shop.
The small-business owner, in many cases the heart and soul of a city or neighborhood, was hit particularly hard by the restrictions, mandatory closings and sudden rule changes that often left them scrambling to keep their lights on. Shoppers too were forced to adapt to new methods of procuring goods and services while trying to remain as safe as possible.
There are many lessons to be learned from 2020, but perhaps the most important is refocusing on serving each individual customer and offering them the safest and most efficient way of shopping. When corporations like Amazon allow people to shop for nearly anything they can dream of and have it delivered to their door in two days, it sets the bar high for rest of the retail industry.
But why wait that long?
Your friends at William Paul Design can deliver your gift by hand – the same day your place your order! Not only that, but you can order online any time you like from the safety and comfort of your own home. Christmas flowers, wreaths, boxwood trees, orchids, and centerpieces from William Paul Design make outstanding holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
For something extra special, our holiday baskets are the perfect choice for even the most difficult person to shop for, because they can be personalized to include anything you want. We have a selection of pre-made baskets available in store that include fresh fruit, gourmet snacks, holiday treats and more, or we can design a themed holiday package especially for you.
At William Paul Design we take every precaution to keep our customers and our employees safe and healthy, so you can rest assured that our professional staff of drivers will safely delivery your gift to the recipient’s door. We even offer touchless delivery options if preferred. Our delivery times and dates are filling up fast, so please order early for the best selection.
If you prefer a more traditional Christmas shopping, you will love to see what we have in store for you at William Paul Design. Our holiday flowers and gifts are sure to put you in the holiday spirit this Christmas! Stop by and see with our incredible selection of holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.
Greenery and plants including holly, laurel, boxwood bushes, poinsettias, pine trees, wreaths and mistletoe, play important roles in many of our holiday celebrations. Kissing under the mistletoe is one Christmastime’s most romantic – and most unusual – traditions. But what is mistletoe and how did it become such a fabled part of Christmas while being mostly ignored the rest of the year?
Unlike most other holiday flowers, mistletoe isn’t exactly known for its beauty. In fact, the infamous yuletide plant is an invasive shrub that grows from the dung of birds and extracts nutrients from trees. While that may not be a glowing introduction to mistletoe, it does begin to explain why this plant has held people’s fascination for so long.
While it is true that mistletoe is semi-parasitic and could eventually kill its host plant, it is generally not considered a serious enough threat, in most cases, to warrant control measures. In fact, there is evidence that the plant could have benefits for birds as well as humans.
Several studies – including one from Billabong Creek in New South Wales, Australia and another from central Mexico have shown a significant drop in the populations of birds and other species in areas where scientists removed mistletoe from the ecosystem while populations increased or stayed the same in areas with mistletoe.
Those findings, along with other studies suggest that mistletoe is a keystone species that not only plays a critical role in its ecosystem but may also provide some promising health benefits to humans. Doctors at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are studying mistletoe’s effects on cancer patients as a way to relieve side effects of chemotherapy, and physicians in Europe are able to prescribe mistletoe to their patients.
How did it become a holiday tradition?
Long before the internet, neighbors and relatives frequently visited each other during the holidays for fellowship. Houses were kept tidy and decorated for the holidays in order to be ready for any guests or visitors, so the decorations needed to be hearty enough to last for several weeks. Although the origins of kissing under the mistletoe are unclear, it was likely chosen in part because it stays green all winter long without being rooted in soil.
The earliest documented cases of kissing under the mistletoe date back to 16th century England where it was a very popular custom at the time, but it likely started even earlier. One Norse myth claims people began kissing under the plant as a peace offering after the god Balder was killed with a mistletoe arrow. Early European were so enamored with mistletoe plants that they became interwoven into myths, legends, and religious beliefs.
Literature is filled with examples of different uses that range anywhere from preventing fires to scaring away demons and protecting livestock from witchcraft. Throughout the ages, mistletoe was also commonly tied to fertility, which may be where the tradition started. Washington Irving wrote that men commonly gave women a kiss for each berry hanging on the mistletoe above them – plucking one off for each kiss.
Despite mistletoe’s continued popularity in Christmas carols, songs, and tales, the plant is not nearly as common as it used to be even though nearly everyone has heard of it. And, unlike the jolly old elf, there is nothing seasonal about mistletoe – it does not disappear when the season is over, it is simply forgotten about for several months each year until it makes its appearance in doorways across the world next year.