Each year at the Beekman 1802 Mercantile in tiny Sharon Springs, NY, we try to bring the holiday theatrics that you typically see in big city department stores to our one-stop-light Main Street.
This year, our holiday theme is The Alchemy of Christmas.
Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition dating back to the 15 th century whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied, but historically have typically included one or more of the following goals: the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone; the ability to transform base metals into the noble metals (gold or silver); and development of an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity. Alchemy is recognized as a proto-science that contributed to the development of modern chemistry and medicine.
There’s a certain resourceful to everything we do and every product we design at Beekman 1802. Instead of waiting for a commercial or jingle to bring us the Spirit of Christmas, we take matters into our own hands. We create our own holiday “majick”. We’re holiday alchemists.
HOLIDAY ALCHEMY LESSON #YXC-823: For thousands of years, humans have searched for the Christmas Spirit. Occasionally, one of the species will uncover the Spirit, only to inexplicably lose it again after the New Year begins. Last Christmas Eve, the Alchemists of Beekman 1802 uncovered and trapped a single dram of Christmas Spirit found emanating from the Chalybeate Spring in Sharon Springs, NY. These intrepid scientists cloned the Spirit throughout the entire past year, and infused a Holiday Alchemy Majickal Candle with 100% pure Christmas Spirit, which will fill a home for exactly 25 days in December. Scented with orange, clove, cinnamon, gold and magic! Learn more about our Alchemy Candle: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/holiday-alchemy-majickal-candle
HOLIDAY ALCHEMY LESSON #BAH-892: Beekman Alchemists have long been puzzled by the ability of Mr. Santa Claus, N.Pole, Artic to discern childhood behavioral tendencies from cultures around the globe. A breakthrough occurred when one Alchemist discovered that every instance of bad behavior created a thin residue of the element Negativium on the skin. Our Holiday Alchemy Majickal Soap has been scientifically formulated to dissolve Negativium, which has the effect of fooling Mr. Claus into believing the subject has been entirely good. (Plus it has Beekman goat milk. Which is good.) Need to cast your own beauty spell? Click here: http://shop.beekman1802.com/collections/soaps/products/holiday-alchemy-bundle-1
HOLIDAY ALCHEMY LESSON #REIN-76: Mrs. Claus is approximately 2073 years-old, yet has the appearance of a perennial 63 year-old. How is this possible? Research illuminates that in approximately 43BC, Mr. Claus returned from his annual sojourn bearing a gift from Cleopatra â€“ the precise goat milk bath recipe she used herself. While a correlation between these events cannot be conclusively proven, we’ve recreated Cleopatra’s formula in our Majickal Bath Salts. Learn more about our beauty potions: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/holiday-alchemy-majickal-bath-salts
Our holiday alchemists set up a trap and caught a Christmas Angel. But all that was left when they returned was her iron cage
and her golden wings
and some of the wing fibers were woven into our 2013 Holiday Hand-towel
Our alchemists have made lace out of iron http://shop.beekman1802.com/collections/holiday-gift-ideas/products/iron-lace-cuffs
The prettiest part of the Christmas tree? The lights! Our alchemists shrunk the tree down to a twig so as not to obscure what truly shines
HOLIDAY ALCHEMY LESSON #HNG-CARE: This ingenious stocking hanger was invented by the Beekman 1802 Iron Alchemist, also known as a “blacksmythe.” After researching 657 years of humankind hanging stockings “with care,” we discovered that using nails in one’s mantlepiece was perhaps the most inhumane method of stocking hanging. So our Blacksmythe alchemist invented this hand-forged, solid iron No-Nails Iron Stocking Mantle Hanger. It uses a mysterious cosmic force we’ve named “Gravah-T” to balance even the heaviest stocking without a single nail. Majick? No. Just Holiday Alchemy. Easily holds up to 50 lbs of holiday generosity. Here the alchemists have trained it to pour their tea
…and here it holds their Tools for Living . See what else it can do: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/iron-stocking-mantle-hanger
Not everyone has time for baking from scratch at the holidays, so our alchemists created an Heirloom Pantry. Delicious cakes that need no majick at all! http://shop.beekman1802.com/search?q=heirloom+pantry
HOLIDAY ALCHEMY LESSON #STAR-932: Why do stars twinkle extra bright in the winter sky? The alchemists at Beekman 1802 invented an teleX-ray-o-scope to solve this puzzle once and for all. The resulting star skeleton x-rays proved that each star has living veins filled with the glowing element Twinklenimium. Learn more about our 2013 signature ornament: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/anatomy-of-a-star-ornament
HOLIDAY ALCHEMY LESSON #XMS-PA5T: Do Majick Wands truly exist? Or are they a figment of fairy tales? Our Beekman 1802 Alchemists collected hundreds of specimens spanning thousands of years. They meticulously deconstructed them all, including Circes’s, Merlin’s, Mickey Mouse’s & Harry Potter’s. What did they discover? Well, mostly splinters. But they also found that all of the wands’ tips were actually varnished with a thin coating of an element called Abracadabrium. This element, in its liquid state, actually stops time. During these pauses, history’s famous magicians were able to accomplish their “majick” while the audience sat frozen. In our Christmas Past Scent Diffuser, our Artisan Alchemists were able to distill Abracadabrium to its purest state. By inserting one-to-three of the included “Majick” wands into the attractively designed glass beaker filled with Abracadabruim, you’ll be able to turn back time to precisely December 25th, 1802. You’ll be able to tell the Abracadabrium is working because your whole home will take on an intoxicating fragrance of pines, clove, citrus and slight floral overtones for up to six months. Learn more about this air elixir: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/christmas-past-scent-diffuser
Alchemists spend lots of time in dark rooms reading old, dusty books. Good lighting is essential: http://shop.beekman1802.com/search?q=gilbert
Want the keys to the alchemist’s inner-sanctum? http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/keys-to-the-mercantile
A bling tree made from containers of our Beekman 1802 Bling Bath http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/bling-bath
The alchemists succeeded into turning everyday toadstools from the forest into shimmering copper: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/hand-hammered-copper-mushrooms
The alchemists were able to predict the exact path that St. Nick will take: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/alpaca-boot-inserts
Now that the alchemists have finished creating their holiday majick, we’ve absconded with their laboratory beakers–coated with the silver of their own creation
The holiday majick only works until Jan 1, then it all disappears.
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