Shop Girl Diary: November 5, 2013

Shop Girl Diary: November 5, 2013

I don’t know about you, but for me, on some level, the holidays are about food.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I eat things I would never even think about eating during the rest of the year:  the Ultimate pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and dressing, hot crab dip, snickerdoodles by the dozen.  Lots of great family recipes get pulled out of cookbooks, their edges browned and stained and crumpled from years of use, and when I look at them, I don’t just think about their potential deliciousness, I remember my Christmases with my grandma, big family gatherings at my mom and dad’s when my nieces were toddling around, quiet Christmas Eve rides home from church accompanied by bright stars.  During this time of the year, food represents sustenance, sure, but in a lot of ways, it represents comfort too.

Of course, not everybody is as lucky as we are to have these food traditions around the holidays.  Some people don’t even have food.    To that end, The Happy Woman is hosting The Gratitude Tree in our store through December 12th.  What is it?  It’s a little bare tree (right now anyway) that is just begging for blessings.  Mary cut out 100 leaves and we have them standing by in the store.   We’d love you to come in and browse around for a bit, but please don’t leave before writing a blessing or two on one of the leaves.  We’ll hang it on our tree that is positioned in the store’s front window.  For every leaf we hang, we are donating $5 to the Leelanau Christian Neighbors, the organizers and stockers of our local food pantry, up to $500.

We invite you to come in and count your blessings and leave them behind on our tree!  We are open from Thursday – Saturday 11am to 5pm.