‘Neath the Wreath Stirs Christmas Spirit in Plano

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PLANO — It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Thursday kicked off the 20th Annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Market benefitting The Junior League of Collin County.

“All of the money raised goes to those projects that center primarily around women and children, literacy, and family violence. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the community and we want to thank the community,” Junior League of Collin County President Jennifer Tinsman said.

The event attracts about 11,000 shoppers who can buy gifts from approximately 100 merchants.

“We have a lot of longstanding merchants who come back every year for this, and we have several new ones this year,” Tinsman added.

Like Claudia’s, which won Best New Merchant of 2015.

“This is our first year here,” Claudia Putignano said.  “The good thing about our ornaments, is that you stand right here, you tell me what they’re names are, I write it out and it’s yours right away. And they’re super cute.  My husband cuts them, I paint them.”

“We’re entering our 5th Christmas season,” Colby King with Pony Pal Stables said. “We’ve been here for about three years. Our business partner is a mechanical engineer. We basically wanted video games to just stop. We grew up outside. They should grow up outside. We’ve seen grown people like, ‘Do you mind if I ride the pony?’”

“That was super fun. Hey, if I can do it. anyone can do it,” mother Katie Sullivan said.

Some say it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit..

“I actually always decorate the evening of Thanksgiving. Not completely decorate my house so my husband goes crazy with the Christmas tree up already before Thanksgiving,” she smiled.