“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. “ ~Roy L. Smith
Ok, so, I hadn’t thought that much about Christmas until Sunday. I was too busy planning Thanksgiving and enjoying the memories of our family reunion. Singing “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” in church on Sunday, and the lighting of the first candle of the Advent Season made me feel even jollier already. Ever since I was a child, I have loved everything about the magic of the Christmas season.
If you have any doubts about whether winter is here in Colorado, just take a stroll down Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat and step inside the doors of the retail establishments. On Sunday, I allowed myself a few minutes to peek inside a few stores. I was not disappointed. The stores are beautifully “dressed” for holiday shoppers. I spied stylish women’s clothing artfully displayed and coordinated, outstanding assortments of coffee table books, sparkly western jeans and dazzling ornaments to accentuate trees or as an accessory to a beautifully wrapped package. Rugged, yet, very classy men’s clothing is neatly folded and just waiting to be picked up. In many of the stores I saw a number of items that would make thoughtful gifts for under $20. There are treasures to be found with smaller bucks, too!
I look forward to stepping inside many more shops, visiting our local independent bookstore, Off the Beaten Path, http://bit.ly/VgvEE3 and in galleries located throughout town to take in the Christmas spirit over the next few weeks.
Since I came to the Yampa Valley four years ago, despite challenging times, many of the stores in town have overhauled their retail spaces, updated their stock and generally spiffed up. Lookin’ good, Steamboat! Inspires me to shop!
Happy Treasure Hunting for big and small! And remember, shop Local, whenever possible.
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