Small Business Saturday was a huge success for us! Our local toy store, Over the Rainbow Toys, was participating. They also were running a 20% off your entire purchase sale! I used my 2 Amex cards at this store. They only have 3 store locations in Connecticut. It’s amazing to me that a local toy store can stay in business with all of the big box retailers. The store focuses on service and community. They gift wrap every present for free. And they give back to the community. I run Bingo Night for my boys’ school every year. This store donates several toys for our prize table. I bought 2 Lego Star Wars sets and 2 Lego mini-figures for their stockings. I will end up spending $5 out of pocket. Sweet!
My husband used his Amex credit to buy wine at our local liquor store. Every year we have a holiday party at our house for our kids’ friends and their parents. My friend and I make gingerbread houses for all of the kids to decorate and take home with them. We also have an ornament exchange for the kids. This year, we decided to add a fun activity for the parents. So we are having an ugly sweater contest! The winner will win a bottle of wine thanks to Amex.
We also set up the boys’ Christmas tree today. I got the tree from Ocean State Job Lots, which is a discount store in the Northeast. I wasn’t expecting the highest quality tree, considering I only paid $25 for it. But I thought that would be perfect for the boys’ room. They loved decorating their tree! I have to say that I love the Charlie Brown tree.
Every post until Christmas, I will include a quote from a Christmas special or movie. See if you can guess what it’s from. I have 2 for you today:
- “You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.”
- “And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky!”