For the purpose of test marketing, we began limited production on Ginger Cottages in August of 2010 beginning with the Gingerbread Cottage and the Christmas Chapel. Ultimately, we produced a total of 5 mainstream and 1 custom design in 2010. Here are some of the details and 'lessons learned' from those early days...
*The first few Cottages produced had no branding on the bottom.
*Less than 100 cottages were made with trees painted green.
(Ginger Cottage and Christmas Chapel)
*Our second and third production runs were branded with 'CelebrationsInTime.com'
*The balance of production for 2010 was branded...
'Made in USA'
*The 2011 brand had a simple gingerbread man.
*The 2012 brand had the same gingerbread man with a tiny tree in his hand.
*Our Brand for 2013 is the gingerbread man with a stocking cap.
Q) What is Santa holding in the window of the Gingerbread Cottage?
Q) Can you find the letters 'TRC' hidden on the Gingerbread Cottage?
Q) What do the letters 'T.R.C.' stand for? Q) Can you find a stocking and Christmas tree on the Gingerbread Cottage?
Q) How many hearts can you find on the Gingerbread Cottage?
Q) Who is the couple getting married in the Christmas Chapel?
Q) How many crosses can you find on the Christmas Chapel?
Q) How many doves can you find on the Christmas Chapel?
Q) Can you find a heart on the Christmas Chapel?
Q) Can you find the wedding bells on the Christmas Chapel?
Q) What does the 'Sweet Treats Bakery' make on a daily basis?
Q) How many loaves of bread are in the brick oven in the Bakery?
Q) Every Ginger Cottage has at least one Gingerbread Man. Can you find him on the Bakery?
Q) Where have you seen the Santa Nutcracker inside the Toy Store?
Q) How many rocking horses can you find on the Toy Store?
Q) How many Santa Nutcrackers are in the Toy Store?
Q) What time does the Santa Train arrive?
Q) What is the Train Conductor checking in the Train Depot?
Q) The first 5 cottages were released in limited quantities in 2010. What's missing on each of these first 5 cottages that's present on all the others?
Q) What is hidden in the sidewalk of Santa's Workshop?
Q) Can you find four snowflakes on Santa's Workshop?
Q) Can you find a string of Christmas Lights on Santa's Workshop?
Q) What day is it at Santa's Workshop?
Q) How many nutcrackers can you find on Drosselmeyer's Nutcracker shop?
Q) 'Extra Credit' - The nutcrackers in line on Drosselmeyer's are designs from a USPS postmark that was available in only one place and only on one day in 2008. Where and why?
Q) How many Ginger Men can you find on the Ginger Man Mill?
Q) How many mice can you find on the Ginger Clock Tower?
Q) Can you find the favorite food of the mice on the Ginger Clock Tower?
Q) What time is it on the Clock and what happens at that time?
Q) Every Ginger Cottage has at least one Gingerbread Man. Can you find him on the clock tower?
Q) Can you find a Candy Cane on the Santa Train?
Q) Can you find a peppermint on the Santa Train?
Q) What famous Train is the Santa Train designed to look like?
Q) What movie featured the story of that famous Train?
Q) There's a Nutcracker on the Santa Train that you may have seen before.
Counting this one, how many of these nutcrackers exist in the 'Ginger Village'?
Q) Can you find all three ginger men on the Covered Bridge?
Q) 'Over the river and through the woods'... What day is it on the Covered Bridge?
Q) There are two versions of the Covered Bridge... What song should you be singing with thoughts of a 'one-horse open sleigh?
Q) Which reindeer is trying to learn that song in Santa's Reindeer Barn?
Q) The second version of the Covered Bridge can be found in Pennsylvania... What's different? Hint - There are 2 changes!
Q) How many squares are on a checker board and which cottage holds the answer?
Q) What is Santa's favorite Drink? Hint - The answer can be found on two different cottages!
Q) We haven't been able to play checkers for years! Can you find the missing checker on the Country Store?
Q) Can you find all 4 ginger men on the Country Store?
Q) How do Ginger Men keep warm at the Country Store?
Q) Can you find all five Ginger Men on the Ginger Mint Mill? Hint - There's a danger sign that gives a clue!
Q) Can you find all twelve Ginger Men on the Reindeer Barn?
Q) What Song do all Reindeer need to learn?
Q) Which Reindeer is left behind to learn that song?
Q) Where are the other Reindeer?
There are hundreds More to Come!