A friend of mind surprised me the other day, by paying me an unexpected compliment. She remarked about how organized and planned ahead I seemed to be for the holidays. This early preparation, I assure you, has come to pass only in recent years. I used to be one of those holiday snobs, in a way, refusing to partake in any early shopping or preparing. I laughed at people who put up their tree right after Thanksgiving, but it was always me who was stressed out with little or no time to get things done to my liking.Well, no more. I finally found out that to give myself plenty of time to decorate, plan, and shop, allowed me to enjoy the process, and actually, saved me a lot of money! I’ve shared here before that I am a person who literally breaks out in hives in crowded department stores. So, while I enjoy the convenience of internet shopping for some items, for in-person purchases, I stay strictly local. One can find such lovely and unique gifts all over the Hamptons this time of year that won’t necessarily break the bank. Over the years, I’ve come to believe that the nicest gifts don’t come with high price tags. After all, anyone with a fat wallet can buy an expensive gift, but it takes some thought to come up with something special for less.
Most importantly, I feel reminded to express gratitude for even having the ability to give gifts to loved ones and myself. For those going through lean times, the holidays can be painful, especially for people with children. The Springs Community Presbyterian Church is collecting Toys for Tots until December 16. It’s a wonderful thing to contribute to, and so easy! Just bring your unwrapped present to the church located at 5 Old Stone Highway on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. They are also collecting checks made out to the Kiwanis Club, slated for Toys for Tots.
Also at the Springs Church, this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the 10th annual Holiday Craft Fair. There will be many quaint and hand crafted gift items to choose from, and anything you find there is bound to please. It’s not too late for any interested vendors to reserve a table by calling (631) 324-4791.
For more one-of-a-kind gifts, “By Hand,” an artisan’s holiday gift show, will be at Ashawagh Hall this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you are looking for something extra special, you will surely find something here from the wide array of beautiful, handmade items that include: “Maidstone Jewelry,” toys, decoupage, wood carvings, water color paintings, pottery porcelain pins, organic jewelry, and more. With complimentary holiday refreshments, it’s shopping made extra nice!
While on this circuit, don’t forget to stop in to the Springs Library. They have lots of gently used books to purchase, plus an array of small gift items that will surprise you. If you have any local history buffs on your list, your search for something perfect and inexpensive definitely stops here. Among a large selection, the latest Springs Historical Society’s booklet, “Who Was Who-Springs Artists and Writers of the Past” for only $4 would make a great stocking stuffer.
News from the Springs School Journalism Club reports that children are involved in all sorts of holiday “giving back” events including hand-delivering personal messages in cards to teachers who impacted positively in their lives and packing up boxes of food for families in need over Thanksgiving. It’s always reassuring to know that the spirit of community giving thrives at our school!
Until next time, happy week all!