Holiday Checklist Begins

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23 presents and counting … Sometimes being the older one in the family makes me feel like Santa. Wrapping gifts used to be one of my favorite things to do – I’d even volunteer my time with New York Cares to wrap gifts at Barnes and Noble.  I still love to do it, but wish the shopping part was a bit easier! When you don’t know what the people want, it makes it ten times harder! 

I started my shopping a few weeks ago, and one of my first stops was the Union Square Holiday Market.  I’ve always wanted to go but somehow never did!  They have some beautiful things that I adore, but then there are these little trinkets that you kind of wonder what you’re going to do with after you buy them…  the trip didn’t wind up to be successful with shopping, but I did enjoy the time spent looking at some of the talent out there and the unique handmade items. Plus, who can resist the view of the Empire State Building right behind!?  

One of the two “cute” vendors that popped out at me – how cute are these handmade planes and animals?? 

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Some vendors offer samples, some are just attractive to look at based on packaging and a friendly face. I met Mary here from Lebkuchen who offered some delicious Gingerbread cookie like no other!  It’s made the European way – baked with a wafer on the bottom, with the sticky dough on top. Her company packaging was adorable! 

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There are lots of shops to choose from, and even if you’re not shopping, it’s good to stop by for a nice sample, viewing, and good holiday cheer. It’s almost as if you’re in the Christmas markets of Europe… except without the mulled wine and bratwursts!  (Ohhh Germany, how I’ve missed you…) 

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Sad that December is already half gone, but excited that the Christmas countdown has begun. Union Square market down, Rockefeller next!  What’s on YOUR holiday to-do list? 

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