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From Bulbs to Holiday Blooms


Looking for an easy way to add color and fragrance to your holiday decorating? Look no further than planting Amaryllis or Paperwhites. These easy-to-plant bulbs will fill your home with the Christmas spirit.

Of all flowering bulbs, Amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. The large, striking flowers and bold colors make this a must-have, holiday classic! Amaryllis bulbs are available in so many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and even orange. There are also striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.

Another favorite holiday bulb is a member of the daffodil family, but looks much more delicate than the big yellow trumpet daffodils you see in spring. These are the most fragrant of the daffodil family, with a distinctive sweet smell that will permeate your home throughout the season.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • 3 to 4 Bulbs (either Paperwhites or Amaryllis)
  • Nutritious potting compost or stones/pebbles
  • Decorative Container

Planting Instructions:

  • Amaryllis:Plant bulbs in potting compost. Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.
  • Paperwhite: You do not need any soil; just set them in a shallow dish with some pebbles, or even some nicely-colored marbles. Let the bulbs stand, flat side down, in the pebbles, so the pebbles cover about half the bulb.

Place your potted bulbs in a warm place with direct light since heat is necessary for the development of the stems. The ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more. At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth. Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule.

If you're left wondering when to plant these bulbs in order to have them holiday-ready, we've got you covered. Use these handy bloom calendars as a guide:

Amaryllis Bloom Calendar >>
Paperwhite Bloom Calendar >>

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The Countdown to Christmas


Step into a magical Christmas wonderland at the McDonald Christmas Shoppe. Every corner is packed with new treasures and collectible wonders. Shop the must-have trimmings for this holiday season in Hampton Roads. From the holiday classics, to the whimsical and fun, to the wonders of nature - the McDonald Christmas Shoppe will help you create a festive mood this season. Our professional designers are ready to help you dress your home in the latest holiday trends for both inside and out. With an eclectic mix of decorating ideas from the past, present and future, here are holiday themes you will love discovering...

GARDEN CHIC: a natural and fanciful assortment of garden embellishments
URBAN NATURE: home decor inspired by nature and industrial inflences with bold accents of blue
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Celebrate the 757!


We are proud to announce the release of our exclusive 2014 Heirloom ornament collection. Twelve NEW ornaments have been added to the collection this year. The collection features intricately hand-painted glass ornaments that offer a one-of-a-kind view of the history and locations unique to Hampton Roads. Virginia is steeped in 400 years of American history and is home to hundreds of historical sites and attractions that draw visitors from around the world. From 29 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, to historic early American culture; to world-class museums and breathtaking wildlife, Hampton Roads has it all!

This year’s collection features all of the cities that make Hampton Roads great. From the mountains to the beaches and everything in between, these keepsakes will be the highlight of any tree and are available for a limited time.

Celebrate Hampton Roads with this year's two-sided ornaments featuring:

• Hampton
• Newport News
• Suffolk
• Smithfield
• Norfolk
• Chesapeake
• Virginia Beach
• Poquoson
• Portsmouth
• Virginia Beach Boardwalk
• Chesapeake Bay Rock Fishing
• Life on the Beach

Shop these and other Heirloom Ornaments in stores and online! HEIRLOOM ORNAMENTS >>

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