I suppose today kicks of the commercial side of Christmas, or depending on where you live and such, it might have started sometime yesterday, whenever the pre-Black Friday sales began.
In case you can’t tell, I’m no fan of Black Friday, crowds, or full parking lots. However, I am proud to support the 3rd annual Small Business Saturday tomorrow. (Forgive last year’s graphic… my old relic computer at work isn’t playing well with the site this year.)
Now, I do shop online and at big box stores. Frankly, little makes me happier than to let my fingers do the typing/clicking, but as I am employed by a small business, married to a small business owner, was the daughter of a small business owner, etc., I am well aware that small businesses and their suppliers need my business, so when I can put on my public face and go shopping, I try to frequent small businesses.
The definition of a small business is open for interpretation. Certainly, the Etsy crafters and other owner/sole employee businesses fit the bill, but Wikipedia suggests that businesses with up to 500 employees fall in there too. Franchises are also up for debate, so keep all of that in mind as you scan my list of favorite small businesses.
- Dog House Yarns - Closed today (Friday)
- The Pink Palm - While part of the Lilly Pulitzer brand, it is independently owned and part of a small (4) chain
- Bevello - Another growing-chain boutique
- Sammy Snacks – A local pet food company gone “global”, but since I can still walk in and chat with the owner, it’s small!
- Rock Paper Scissors – For people who still like paper
- Horton Vineyards
- Darling – I might become a thrift-shopper yet!
- Piddleloop – Project bags marketed for knitters but they’re cute enough for anyone!
(While I haven’t been compensated for mentioning any of these businesses today, I do have a personal relationship with most of them. It’s why I’m comfortable telling you about them; because I know you won’t be disappointed!)
As for the title of this post… well, I’m pickin’ and choosin’ the parts of the tradiational holiday stuff I’m doing this year. Life is hectic, and I’ve wanted to host a gingerbread house decorating party for years, so guess what the JLC Board meeting/party is going to feature?! I’m sure there will be some disappointed people and perhaps even a hurt feeling or two, but I’m going to do what I need to do to find and hold onto the joy of the season.
Let the Christmas season begin.
What holiday tradtions do you hold dear?