Before it’s too late, we wanted to remind everyone that the countdown clock has begun – we’re now inside the 12 day window that signals the run up to Christmas is actually here! Uh oh. Now the pressure’s on.

So take a deep breath and relax — and let’s enjoy this special time of the year. Maybe the best gift we could give each other – and ourselves – is a little joy and inner peace, serenity and acceptance of where you’re at in life and focus on the half of the glass that filled, not the part that’s empty. That might be better than the latest cool gadget, tech toy or bauble.

And once that’s in place, we can approach the task of actually going out to stores and buying stuff for the holidays, whether it’s to decorate the house or apartment or for a gift, and have fun with that. And yes, we know, we know – many of you will shop online again this year, because it’s fast, easy and they deliver. All good. But then you miss the experience of the hunt and pursuit of just the right thing for that special someone that you can hold in your hand and examine at close range and go YESSSSS! This is PERFECT!

As a side note, we also wanted to say thanks to all of your from around the neighborhood who make it a point to shop local. We appreciate your business. We saw a great Facebook post recently from one other business owner who noted how she’s gone around to a bunch of local shops in Manchester and Arlington and completed all her shopping that way.

Kerry McKinnon of Vermont Kitchen Supplies, we’ll be heading to your great shop real soon. You folks should too.

So again, as you make those last minute lists and check them twice, remember – at Christmas Days we’re here to help. We can make custom wreaths and decorations, or you can find that drop dead Christmas ornament you’ve always wanted. And baby boomers born in the early fifties and earlier, take note. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock! OMG! How did that happen so fast? Yes, we have a Woodstock ornament. Gotta Revolution!

And just to loop back to where we started, here’s some classical gift ideas, courtesy of the classic tune “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French hens,[5]
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Subsequent verses follow the same pattern, each adding one new gift and repeating all the earlier gifts so that each verse is one line longer than its predecessor:

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There you go! Happy Holidays