Every year the weekend before Thanksgiving, my friend Jan and I head to the charming town of Northville, MI for what I consider my official start to the holiday season. Our primary destination is the greens market where we get wreaths along with cuttings to make our own baskets.
After, we hit some of our favorite shops -- and we'll do that too, too! Read on!
The day before we left it was 73. But that morning it was cold and snowing. Sort of snow-rain-hail. Needless to say we bundled up!
There are scores of beautiful wreaths, festive baskets and kissing balls.
Of course, we're both into picking the best we can find. But when there are so many choices it is both easy and yet difficult!
I liked this heart shaped wreath but opted for the traditional circle.
Kids could even mail their letter to Santa!
Our favorite shop in Northville is one called Gardenviews. We've been coming here for years and years. It was as festive as you could imagine.
There were beautiful trees everywhere.
And lots of magical displays.
You won't forget about the magic of Santa here...
...nor will you miss some country charm.
And if your style is more formal, well, we saw that, too!
You'll find woodland joy in sweet animals...
...and lovely ornaments.
And if being at Gardenviews doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, I'm not sure what can!
As we left town I couldn't help but notice how charming it all was -- "The Snow Queen" at the theatre, the town clock with its wreath, the church on the corner and the American flag. Yes, even the town felt a little magical this day.
Onward! Let the holiday season begin. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and a Merry December!
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