Some traditions are close to sacred for me and the annual weekend-before-Thanksgiving greens market in Northville, Michigan is one of them.
I can't remember how many years my friend Jan and I have hit this market in a charming town straight out of Main Street USA.]
This year it was sorely needed. Jan has been dealing with the stress of an aging parent and I was coming off of my art sale and all the prep that went with it.
Our day always begins with the market followed by a stop at two of our favorite stores and ending with dinner at our favorite restaurant in Northville for broasted chicken dinner. Dinner with the fixed signs (Taurus and Leo). It's what we do.
The market was good and we scored well with reasonably priced, beautifully made wreaths and arranagements. We also came back with a ton of ideas (which we implemented a week later!)
Then it was off to Pearphernalia, a gift store. I survived this one without damage but I was in love with their windows.
It appears that "woodland" is a big theme this year. I can work with that!
And the creche was one of the loveliest I'd ever seen.
And, I have to confess I was rather enchanted by these wonderful swans. Swans in the woods? Hey, it's Christmas -- it can happen!
Gardenviews is a must! Everything about this store is quality and simply beautiful. It was a spot to fall in love with Christmas.
Of course, all this beauty, merriment and indeed shopping, does get one in the "have to decorate and soak up the season" mentality. So more on that later.
Meanwhile, I leave you with a couple more photos of the mystery...
...and magic of the season.
Indeed, I think I hear sleigh bells...
Distant and very faint. But the jolly old elf will soon be here!
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