I'm gonna tell ya a little secret. Please forgive me in advance.

I don't particularly enjoy Christmas and holiday shopping. It's not that I don't love seeking out interesting things to gift to my beloved friends and family that I hope will delight them. I even enjoy the crisp weather and bustling about. I think what can be frustrating for me is the insane crowds and manic vibes I get sometimes.

Which is why...I particularly adore shopping at our local East Texas winter markets. 

I'm looking forward to the "Winter Market" coming to the Mineola Civic Center on December 6 and 7. Christmas shopping in a small town setting with our local East Texas businesses and craftspeople while perusing home- and handmade items sounds delightfully Christmas-spirit inducing. Also, I love taking in the works of our local East Texas artists. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, too, maybe I'll see ya there.

If you have kiddos, bring them! There will be a "Kid's Craft Corner" at the event and they'll even be able to bring home whatever they create. :) Also, Santa will be there for picture-taking and be sure and sign up for door prizes!