I’m excited to get my blog up early this morning before doing a few last-minute Christmas shopping errands. We aren’t doing gifts this year, but my mom and dad are coming over for our Christmas dinner and game night. We will watch the church stream, eat an abundance of crab legs, and end the night playing fibbage. I’m also going to be baking when I get back this afternoon! I have such a fun Christmas cookie menu, and I can’t wait to put them in cute boxes as they do on the NYT cooking channel. I’ve been watching way too many of those videos!
I know the holidays are different this year. Turn on your favorite holiday movies, order Chinese food, bake some cookies, and do everything you can to find joy. We will zoom call a few of our family members that won’t be home for Christmas this year, and there’s so much light in knowing that normalcy will be here before we know it. ♥️ Hang in there. On Saturday, I headed to the town of Belmont. It’s such a cute and festive Christmas town, and I was excited to explore it a bit. I’ve been trying my hardest to keep everything I purchase this year local and from smaller businesses. They are the ones that have taken a huge hit this year, unlike the superstores, which have skyrocketed in sales.
After picking up an almond milk cappuccino from Mugshots, we headed over to Belmont Specialty Foods. It was the CUTEST little market I’ve ever seen. It reminded me of this grocery store I used to stop at when I was working in the Hamptons during my summers in college. It hit me with nostalgia. The best part was that their upstairs was an entire Christmas store! I picked up some small wood crates to pack my holiday cookies in, a few packages of their macaroons, and ribbon. I cannot wait to visit again. Before leaving Belmont, we stopped into The Everyday Market. It’s a cute little bakery/coffee shop. They were so friendly in there, and I picked up a GF Almond Tea Cake to take home with me. We also stopped in Rockhill to visit The Mercantile! If you haven’t been in there yet…OMG! It’s a dream gift shop. I always find the perfect stocking stuffers in there. I love the little flower bar, and I still find unique items for my house. We ended the day at Killington’s in Baxter Village (MY FAVE) for lunch. I had their grilled shrimp salad, and it was so delicious! 😋 Kyle and I watched a movie and had a cup of homemade almond milk hot cocoa! It’s just stevia, cocoa powder, almond milk, sea salt, and allspice. The rest of my days have been recorded on Vlogmas! I’ve been cooking up a storm over there! 😊
I hope you all have a great day. I’ll be on the blog a few times this week before Christmas is here, and I’ll also hop on with a post-Christmas recap! Have a great day!
Questions for you!
- Has your holiday plans changed this year?
- What are you doing to bring you joy this holiday season?
- What is your favorite hometown store to shop at?