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Conversations with Amanda Stokes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Stokes.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
A wife, mom of two and the owner & designer of Charlee Mae Christmas. My passion for Christmas began when I was a little girl. My mother Ida Mae was a holiday wreath maker and she used to sell holiday wreaths in front of her house to make ends meet. To buy holiday toys for me and for my two siblings. So Christmas was a big deal in my house and looking for a real Christmas tree was a trip out of town to buy a 10 foot tree. My job was to pick a holiday theme and decorate the tree on Christmas eve.

I love decorating Christmas trees so much, I decided to ask my neighbors and family if I can decorate their Christmas tree for them. My passion and my talent grew. I decided to apply for a Christmas designer job at a commercial holiday company. While working there, I improved my decorating holiday skills and I became head tree designer.

After receiving numerous accolades for my designs, I decided to launched my own interior holiday business. My business is named after my two favorite girls in my world, my beautiful daughter Charlee who is nine and my mother Mae who is an awesome mom. “Charlee Mae Christmas” was created.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Being a wife, a mom and a woman started a small business is not an easy task. And during Covid-19 era my business was hit hard and I am still trying to recover. However, I can not give up on my passion and the gift that God gave me. I have to look forward and think positive for a successful 2021 holiday season.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Charlee Mae Christmas is a holiday company that specializes in unique stylish Christmas trees. We offer all kinds of professional custom holiday decor for your home, business, gifts and holiday events. We shop, deliver, decorate and take down your holiday decor. Our reputation is extremely important to us; Integrity, Hardwork and Honesty are the values Chralee Mae Christmas is founded on and is demonstrated in our service to you. We focus on creating a spectacular holiday experience for you. Our work includes storefronts, hotels, airports, hospitals, businesses and many residential clients in the DMV area. We are big enough to serve you and small enough to know you! Call us to schedule an appointment for free consultation to have a beautiful holiday experience in your home or commercial space within your budget.

Holiday Style Isn’t Just About What You Wear….. It’s How Good Your Tree Looks!

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
In the next five years I see, Charlee Mae Christmas blooming and having a warehouse and a storefront with wonderful employees. Changing lives one tree at a time. Book Charlee Mae for your Holiday!

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