What It Takes to Get ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Mercantile Ready for Christmas

A lot of work goes into getting The Pioneer Woman Mercantile ready for Christmas. Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet learned about what goes into making sure The Merc is holiday ready.

The Mercantile team plan decorations months in advance

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

The Mercantile staff begins planning decorations way in advance. According to “The Pioneer Woman” magazine, they start the planning process in July. Once they decide on decorations, they don’t have much time to put them up. The staff has just one day, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, to get The Mercantile ready for the holidays. Sunday is the only day of the week when The Mercantile is closed.

When the establishment first opened in 2016, decorations went up on December 1. However, Ree Drummond later decided to have decorations up before Thanksgiving because she was looking forward to the holidays and was eager to start decorating.

What you’ll find at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile during the holidays

You won’t be disappointed when you visit The Pioneer Woman Mercantile during the holidays. You’ll see beautifully decorated Christmas trees, a cookie-decorating station, a candy display, and plenty of lights, according to “The Pioneer Woman” magazine.

Ree Drummond’s favorite part of decorating The Mercantile for the holidays

Ree Drummond |  Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

If you follow Drummond on social media, then you know she loves this time of year. Her favorite part of decorating The Mercantile for the holidays is the Christmas trees. “I love them because none of them are fancy—no gold lamé here,” she tells “The Pioneer Woman” editors. “They’re so pretty with homey blown-glass ornaments.” Christmas trees are in abundance at The Mercantile this time of year. Even the children’s section has its own Christmas tree.

How The Pioneer Woman celebrates Halloween at The Mercantile

Christmas isn’t the only time decorations go up at The Mercantile. Halloween is another time of year when the team takes time to decorate the space. The Drummonds celebrate Halloween at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile with a big celebration. “I love the idea of some sweet small-town Halloween fun,” Drummond tells her readers in the holiday 2019 issue of her magazine. Halloween is significant for the Food Network star because it’s when The Mercantile first opened 2016. This is partly why celebrating Halloween is so important to Drummond.

Ree Drummond’s Christmas tree rules

Drummond loves Christmas trees so much that she has a set of special rules. She shared them with her readers in the holiday 2019 issue of “The Pioneer Woman” magazine. Drummond’s first rule is that Christmas trees should be real. Drummond also doesn’t like pre-lit Christmas trees. Another rule she has is that ornaments shouldn’t be purchased in bundles. “The ones on my tree are a mix of crafted childhood ornaments and sweet, sentimental ornaments we’ve been gifted through the years. Some of them are dented, some are chipped, and some are definitely broken, but I’m a sucker for a tree that isn’t too sparkly and shiny.”  

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