Deck your halls at Deck the Halls

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By Travis Jenkins

Santa Claus may always be right on time, but decorators and gift-givers often aren’t.

There to help those who wait until the last minute to trim the tree and stuff the stockings is Deck the Halls at 135 Gadsden Street in downtown Chester.

Betty Anderson has been in her current location for 12 years, but has been open every October through December for the past 40 Christmases. Her shop has a number of beautifully designed trees, some of which have themes. There is a cardinal tree that features a number of red ornaments and red birds…but only a few.

“I’ve sold a lot of those birds,” she said.

One tree has a number of Clemson and South Carolina ornaments, another is a “baby tree” with crib and stork ornaments. There is an icicle tree, adorned with icicles obviously, but also white deer ornaments and branches that look like there has been a blizzard inside. As with the cardinals, Anderson said there aren’t many of the deer ornaments left. You can take ornaments straight off the trees or buy the entire tree, if you so desire.

There are full nativity scenes made by a 100-year-old Italian company (Fontanini) that aren’t available for purchase anywhere else in the area. Likewise, there are beeswax candles that are made for Anderson’s shop by an artisan in North Carolina.

Outside of the decorations, Anderson stocks jewelry and some select antiques.

Anderson said she’ll be open the rest of this week and a few days next week to accommodate last-minute shoppers (or those who want to get a really early start on next year).