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Thoughts from Laurel Ridge

Making merry during the season


Friday, October 16, 2015

 

 

 

 (A Year To Display, 2015 Radko Ornament hanging on our Radko tree!)

 

With the Holiday season, fast approaching, or already upon us here at Laurel Ridge, it seems very easy to get swept up in the frenzy that everything has to be perfect, and trying to juggle too much at one time.

 

There is so much pressure put on us to get everything 'right', be it our children, homes, meals ... that sometimes we forget that what really matters is not perfection, it is happiness and being a good person. What makes us happy is not the same for everyone, or if you are anything like me, is not the same on one day as it may have been the day before!

 

 

 

 (Our love, Antiques and Christmas!)

 

I hear many people, women mainly, coming through the store with such admiration at the beautiful decorations that Barbara and I have put up this year, and chastising themselves for not putting out as many, or not having a theme, or mixing the brand of ornaments on their tree... to you all I would like to remind you that this is our passion, for Barbara and I, this is one of the many things that makes us happy. For Barbara and I, the level of decorating in the store gives us as much joy to do, as our customers get from coming in to visit.

 

What we do is as much to help each and every person that walks through our doors, be it to find a gift, gather great decorations or discover a stunning antique table, as it is because we love it. We both adore customers coming in with problems and allowing us to help them solve them, in our way. We may not be perfect, but we aim to be happy and good every day. The days we believe we have fallen short, both Barbara and I are the first to admit it, but we do try (obviously the operative word!) to grow and learn.

 

 

 

(Can't decide on one Lynn Haney Chef Santa.... some have bought two!)

 

Some days, I want things, lovely beautiful, things (I have a list if you are interested!) and I don't want to wait for my husband, mother or anyone else to get those things for me. Other days, I want to curl up with my book, and not worry about the outside world, and others, I just want to go and jump in the leaves with the kids (this has the added benefit of making them happy too!). None of those activities is right or wrong, none of them is perfect, and that is OK.

 

 

 

(Oliver has always loved to jump in the leaves!)

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