Thanks to all of you who took the time to write to me or to stop me in the street to give me advice about how to handle this year’s Holly Jolly. The shop is so full right now, that the thought of so many shoppers crowded in here makes me nervous. And then there is the issue of rising Covid numbers, and I have decided to keep the shop closed and stand outside, dork-like in my Santa hat.

Soft, warm yoga meditation set made of bamboo.

Usually business is brisk at Holly Jolly and I hate to miss out, but folks can come in any day between now and Christmas and find us open and happy to sell you anything in the shop. I hope that if you are planning to be in Black Mountain only on Holly Jolly night, be sure to tell me so, and I can let you in to shop all by yourself.

More bamboo! These tops come in coordinating colors and have two textures: some are terry and some simply bamboo.

Thanksgiving is now in the books, and we had a blast! We crowded fifteen adults and three babies into my small house by bringing in a table that Ron made and moving living room furniture into the bedroom. I had fun, and judging by the noise level, I think everyone else did too. I made a twenty-four pound turkey which roasted all morning and made the house smell heavenly. I also made stuffing, cranberry relish, and mashed potatoes. Abby and Marcus made the traditional kitschy green bean casserole and sweet potatoes with marshmallows so our Vietnamese friends would get the full effect, but they also made an amazing brussel sprout dish. Nancy made several irresistible desserts, and others brought wine. No wonder we had a great time! The only down side is that we have a refrigerator full of leftovers. Not bad for a downside though!

Bamboo skirts work well with the tops above. They are long and flowy

Today is Black Friday, and the store is jumping, so I’ll have to cut it short. Come in soon and take a look at all the cute stuff I just got in.

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Hand-carved leaf-shaped spoons