a brightly lit small town...

From artisans across America, you can find decorations and other items that will help celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

  • Wendell August Forge of Mercer, Pennsylvania, has Christmas covered with hand-wrought metal ornaments and gifts. In operation since 1923, Wendell August is America’s oldest and largest forge.
  • Hampshire Pewter of Somersworth, New Hampshire, is America’s sole manufacturer of hand-cast pewter hollowware. Its line of ornaments covers many religious and personal preferences.
  • Since 1979, Steven Bronstein and his team of helpers have been handcrafting ironworks — including menorahs and Judaica — in Marshfield, Vermont, as Blackthorne Forge.
  • Africa Imports offers a pack of footlong American-made Kwanzaa candles. As the name indicates, the New Jersey company does not carry many American-made products.
  • Dreidels are essential to Hanukkah. Portland, Oregon’s Stubby Pencil Studio offers one that is also eco-friendly — like all its toys, books and stationery. Founded in 2006 by mother of twin daughters, Kate Rosenthal, Stubby Pencil Studio endeavors to raise awareness of Earth-friendly toys and games.
  • Uncle Goose of Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers Hebrew blocks for fun and education. Since 1983, the company has been handcrafting blocks in various languages and themes.
  • Dancing Bears Home & Gift started in 1998 as a toy company. Now a full-fledged tapestry and blanket brand, the Manassas, Virginia, firm offers products for all three holidays and other occasions. Its Ebony Art offers modern and traditional African images and settings that may be right for Kwanzaa. Look for “Proudly Made in USA!” in product descriptions.
  • “Absolutely everything we sell is made in America” is what you’ll hear from Barrington, Illinois’ Norton’s U.S.A. The online and brick-and-mortar brand calls itself “a uniquely American general store,” offering everything from toys and tools to an extensive Christmas line that includes cards, stockings and decorations.
  • Vaillancourt Folk Art of Sutton, Massachusetts, has been making nostalgic chalkware figurines the same way since Gary and Judi Vaillancourt founded the business in 1984. Its classics include the 25th annual Starlight Santa that benefits the University of Massachusetts Memorial Children’s Medical Center.

[Source:- daily finance]

By Adam