All year long we save holiday donations for our holiday boutique held at the beginning of November. I confess that we were light on Hanukah this year, but we had Christmas stored in every corner. Upstairs, downstairs, understairs, boxes waited patiently for someone like The Geezer or me to haul them down and out.
I was slowed down a bit by the fall I’d taken earlier in the day, but I got the boxes out. Last year I helped set up, and last year there were other guys to help haul boxes. This year there was only the Geezer. He set up the trees, the ladies decorated. The boss moved the display stands, and the ladies decorated, unwrapped, built displays, and worked hard for their pot luck dinners.
In the very last box from the very last room were the Holiday books that I’d been saving all year long. From novels and songbooks, ornament making to knitting, and everything in between, one very big storage box was stuffed with books. I filled up two shelves in the big bookcases with just books for the holidays.
We have two organs. One is a Eastlake Edwardian charmer that’s foot pumped, and I filled its music rack with song books. The other is a 1960’s charmer, and it too looked ready for the holidays when we were done with it.
By dinner time, every nook and cranny of the store was red and green. By yesterday morning as the buyers arrived, the shelves began emptying fast. Let us hope that other holiday donations continue to come in so later in the season we still have something to offer our shoppers
Next year, tho, we will take the big refrigerator dolly with us. We are getting a little old for this.