We made it! All the way through our holiday season, and out the other side.
We’re wishing you some merry and bright days ahead, truly. We’re looking forward to some calm ourselves.
It’s been one crazy holiday season, another one for the books. As always, we’ve had shipments coming in, boxes stacked on top of boxes, and us lost in the maze of shelves and boxes and recycling. The shop door bell has been ringing like crazy, and as someone very short, every time I go out there with the crowds, I feel like I’m about to get lost. What a wonderful thing, to realize that people haven’t forgotten about writing.
I love that what we offer here aren’t just generic gifts or “stuff,” but truly tools that can bring so much meaning into someone’s life. In the midst of all the holiday shopping and crowds at the mall, I like to think that our shop is a bit different.
I love that when people walk through our doors, the things on our shelves are tools and supplies to help people slow down. These are gifts that I honestly hope people will love and use for a lifetime.
I can’t count the number of people who have said getting a fountain pen has encouraged them to take time with their writing, who have reconnected with friends through letter writing, who have begun journals or recording their travels, or who simply just enjoy writing again. Even though a pen can sometimes be seen as a trite gift for a graduate or a boss, I think a quality fountain pen, with a bottle of ink, comes with the ritual and process of filling and thinking and carefully putting words on a page.
But of course, we couldn’t do any of this without our wonder team. I’m mostly in the back with the baby, and it’s sort of a joke that I’m a bit rusty out front whenever people ask really complicated questions, like how much does this pen cost, or do you have any more Leuchtturm dot notebooks. I suppose like all jokes, it’s only funny because it has a grain of truth.
But we really couldn’t do it without the hustle in the back getting orders out and inventory counted, and our front staff, who are keep the shop clean and stocked and looking great, but most importantly, do a pretty amazing job helping people figure out what exactly they’re looking for or need. These guys make everything possible, and we are so thankful for them.
Our busiest day of the year – the last Saturday before Christmas – was even crazier than usual. We had our staff breakfast in the morning, and then in the middle of the day when I was running a load of a laundry in an effort to get things cleaned before we head up to the cottage, Caleb pulled out the hose from the laundry machine and there was a mess everywhere.
Following that, we had Christmas dinner at my in-laws. Last year I was asked if my dish (Hong Kong style curry fishballs) was “for the kids” (two 2-year olds and an infant), so clearly this year I had to bring something a bit more serious.
In any case, it’s Christmas Eve, and we survived another holiday season. We’ll be on our way up to the cottage soon. The shop will be closed December 25th and 26th, but open again on the 27th. However, we’re taking an extra few days, since Caleb will be off preschool, and I can’t wait to see all the snow up there, everything pristine and fresh.
I’ve got big and small plans: hot chocolate, blog posts, thick books and popcorn. Snow shoes, pen cleaning, steaming soup and a wood stove crackling. Caleb got this hilarious moose balaclava thing for Christmas from his grandpa and I can’t wait to watch him bobbing out there in the snow.
Wishing you a merry Christmas, and all the greetings of the season.