#2,504 Traditions.

I will always love how committed we are to our traditions. To remembering the years that came before. The Christmas lights. Going to Sonic for cheese sticks. And it’s so hard to believe that this is the last year we will celebrate these things alone. Next year, Helen will be in a car seat in the back, going along with us. And over the years we’ll teach her why traditions are important to our family.  What a special and powerful responsibility parents have.


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I will always love how committed we are to our traditions. To remembering the years that came before. The Christmas lights. Going to Sonic for cheese sticks. And it’s so hard to believe that this is the last year we will celebrate these things alone. Next year, Helen will be in a car seat in the back, going along with us. And over the years we’ll teach her why traditions are important to our family.  What a special and powerful responsibility parents have.


Erin

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

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#2,502 White Christmas.

For the first time since January 2014, we woke up this morning to a blanket of snow covering the whole world. And it was our next to last reveal day. And it was magical. With tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper, it was the perfect snow day. Even if it didn’t happen on the 25th, it’s the closest we’ve ever had. I’m calling it our first white Christmas ever.


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For the first time since January 2014, we woke up this morning to a blanket of snow covering the whole world. And it was our next to last reveal day. And it was magical. With tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper, it was the perfect snow day. Even if it didn’t happen on the 25th, it’s the closest we’ve ever had. I’m calling it our first white Christmas ever.


Erin

Friday, December 8th, 2017

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#2,496 Pancake Day 2017.

If you order a copy of Good Grit here you can read all about Pancake Day: Laurel’s sweetest annual tradition that we’ve all been doing for decades. Everyone you’ve ever known your entire life comes to the old YWCO and gets in line together to have all you can eat pancakes and sausage before the Christmas parade starts. Every year, the photos are the same, we all just look a little older and wiser. This is how Christmas begins in our hometown. This year was an especially good one, since we are celebrating the one year anniversary of opening the Laurel Mercantile Co. This […]


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If you order a copy of Good Grit here you can read all about Pancake Day: Laurel’s sweetest annual tradition that we’ve all been doing for decades. Everyone you’ve ever known your entire life comes to the old YWCO and gets in line together to have all you can eat pancakes and sausage before the Christmas parade starts. Every year, the photos are the same, we all just look a little older and wiser. This is how Christmas begins in our hometown. This year was an especially good one, since we are celebrating the one year anniversary of opening the Laurel Mercantile Co. This […]


Erin

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

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#2,495 December First.

And just like that, it’s December already. Somehow.  This year flew past faster than any year has before. Our last childless year. Tomorrow, Pancake Day, will be the one year anniversary of our opening the Laurel Mercantile. It’s been a year filled with so much surprise and hard work and magic.  I wonder what magic we will find when we become parents next month.


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And just like that, it’s December already. Somehow.  This year flew past faster than any year has before. Our last childless year. Tomorrow, Pancake Day, will be the one year anniversary of our opening the Laurel Mercantile. It’s been a year filled with so much surprise and hard work and magic.  I wonder what magic we will find when we become parents next month.


Erin

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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#2,494 Tree Lighting.

I’m so glad we finished work in time to make it to the town Christmas tree lighting. We barely made it in time! And this time next year, Helen will go with us. How crazy is that?!


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I’m so glad we finished work in time to make it to the town Christmas tree lighting. We barely made it in time! And this time next year, Helen will go with us. How crazy is that?!


Erin

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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#2,491 Our Last Solo Decorating.

It’s a rule: if we want something to get done it has to be on our calendar. Christmas decorating was no exception and somehow, with everything we’ve got going on, our house is already clean and decorated for Christmas before December even arrives. I think two years ago we barely got a tree up before December 24.  But this morning, we did a little before church: And got some garland at the store after church: And by supper, it was all finished. A couple years ago we found a little cardboard house ornament like mama’s! I spent the day feeling […]


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It’s a rule: if we want something to get done it has to be on our calendar. Christmas decorating was no exception and somehow, with everything we’ve got going on, our house is already clean and decorated for Christmas before December even arrives. I think two years ago we barely got a tree up before December 24.  But this morning, we did a little before church: And got some garland at the store after church: And by supper, it was all finished. A couple years ago we found a little cardboard house ornament like mama’s! I spent the day feeling […]


Erin

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

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#2,470 Open House.

Every year, the first Sunday in November, downtown Laurel shops open their doors and Christmas music starts playing and finger foods abound. This is the first year the Mercantile got to be a part of it since we opened up shop 11 months ago, and it felt like magic–the way this tradition has since I was a little girl. People flooded inside when we opened the doors and I even saw Angie and Patrick, my TV bosses, buying Christmas gifts: And Big played a rubber snake trick on Jim, par for the course: Aunt Mae Mae is our newest sales […]


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Every year, the first Sunday in November, downtown Laurel shops open their doors and Christmas music starts playing and finger foods abound. This is the first year the Mercantile got to be a part of it since we opened up shop 11 months ago, and it felt like magic–the way this tradition has since I was a little girl. People flooded inside when we opened the doors and I even saw Angie and Patrick, my TV bosses, buying Christmas gifts: And Big played a rubber snake trick on Jim, par for the course: Aunt Mae Mae is our newest sales […]


Erin

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

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#2,467 A Confession.

So. I’m listening to the Sufjan Stevens Christmas channel on Pandora from here on out for 2017, and I don’t want to hear any flack. I will not decorate until we’ve had the turkey and dressing. But I’m gonna celebrate the birth of Jesus in song while I put on my makeup and/or walk on the track in the morning. It is what it is.  And I discovered this jewel during my listening and CAN’T STOP:


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So. I’m listening to the Sufjan Stevens Christmas channel on Pandora from here on out for 2017, and I don’t want to hear any flack. I will not decorate until we’ve had the turkey and dressing. But I’m gonna celebrate the birth of Jesus in song while I put on my makeup and/or walk on the track in the morning. It is what it is.  And I discovered this jewel during my listening and CAN’T STOP:


Erin

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

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#2,560 Christmas Day.

Each year we have our same traditions to celebrate Jesus being born. Each year the photos we take and share feel so similar to the year before, the same people, doing the same things, and to me… There’s a lot of comfort in that. To start with, there are always homemade donuts at Jim and Mallorie’s in our pajamas (a tradition we started as college roommates) and Lucy shows us what Santa brought. Today, Mal also made cronuts, and the mention of them is making my mouth water as I type.  Afterward we went home to open our simple little […]


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Each year we have our same traditions to celebrate Jesus being born. Each year the photos we take and share feel so similar to the year before, the same people, doing the same things, and to me… There’s a lot of comfort in that. To start with, there are always homemade donuts at Jim and Mallorie’s in our pajamas (a tradition we started as college roommates) and Lucy shows us what Santa brought. Today, Mal also made cronuts, and the mention of them is making my mouth water as I type.  Afterward we went home to open our simple little […]


Erin

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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#2,559 Christmas Eve.

I don’t know what it was about last year, but I never really felt the Christmas spirit the way I had in years past. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a little anxiety about that as November turned to December this year and I was afraid it would happen again. But much to my surprise, I found that my career change (running my dream retail store) at Christmas all day every day put me in a place where I was surrounded by Christmas from the time I woke up until I went to bed, rather than insulated […]


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I don’t know what it was about last year, but I never really felt the Christmas spirit the way I had in years past. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a little anxiety about that as November turned to December this year and I was afraid it would happen again. But much to my surprise, I found that my career change (running my dream retail store) at Christmas all day every day put me in a place where I was surrounded by Christmas from the time I woke up until I went to bed, rather than insulated […]


Erin

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

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