It happens every November. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, my friend Jan and I hit the Northville Greens Market in search of the perfect wreath! (And maybe a present to two!) Then, and only then, has the official season begun.
I don't know how many years we have done this. Twenty, maybe? We've done it in close to sub-zero weather, high winds and a downpour that seemed like it was time to build an ark. This time the weather was beautiful and the market terrific.
Northville is a charming small town in Michigan with quaint shops and a grand spirit. This year the market was expanded to include other vendors. This one had veggies and wonderful cookies that I bought to share with the kids. Another had a fine selection of wonderful cheeses.
But of course, we were there for the wreaths. It didn't take long to find them. We both chose mixed greens with lots of cedar, no adornments. I'll add a bow and maybe a little more at home. (Or maybe not!)
Then Jan had a decision to make. She already had her wreath. Did she add this beautiful hanging basket or swags for either side of the garage door?. (The swags won.)
I always enjoy the window displays. This one was welcoming Santa . . .
. . . the florist was in full color . . .
. . . and I enjoyed these pretty whirly things.
Pearaphranalia is a lovely shop and their windows always beckon.
Inside, white was the theme. I loved this display.
And this one, too.
But our favorite store is Gardenviews. Their outside windows are so inviting!
And inside, it's just as good.
This photo doesn't show the magic of this display. The way the light hit, everything sparkled.
They have lots of home dec things -- seasonal china. . .
. . . cute creatures . . .
. . . beautiful ornaments . . .
. . . and plenty of trees. I especially liked this one.
We all have our traditions -- the ornament that goes on first or the tree topper or a caroling party or a certain treat we make every year.
My first holiday tradition of the season -- the Market! Let the merriment begin!