Shop Local

If a Christmas countdown has yet to grace your Facebook feed, it will soon.  Trust me.  And with it, the pressures that come with planning and shopping for the perfect gifts for all the lovely people in your life.

This year, I’m committing to these two things:

  1. Giving and receiving without guilt.  Are you giving beyond your means?  You don’t have to.  Giving and receiving is about the exchange.  It’s about showing someone that you love and care for them, that they mean something to you.  It’s about the opportunity to bless others with what you DO have and about having a thankful and gracious heart on the receiving end (not one of entitlement and expectation).  Are you promoting “unexpected” giving?  Don’t let the fear of falling short of expectations steal your joy, and don’t set yourself up to meet the same fate of disappointment.  Are you just giving out of obligation?  Take a minute to refocus, find perspective, and channel a spirit of generosity.  Tis the season to not give gifts solely for the sake of giving gifts.
  2. Shopping locally.  When you shop locally, it literally is the gift that keeps on giving.  If you run a business, you fully understand the value of the #shoplocal movement.  For everyone else, you’re indirectly supporting local charities, education programs, athletic teams, etc. when you support your local shop owners.  You are also pouring the money you spend back into the local economy.  And if you happen to be friends with said business owner/ shop employee, you’re supporting relationships, which is priceless, and most likely individuals that share the same heart as you.  For those in the Lake Charles area, I’ll be featuring some gift ideas and tagging where to find them in future posts!  

Upcoming Events in SWLA:

Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market (Nov. 19th-21st)–Get an early start on your Christmas shopping!  Put on by the Junior League of Lake Charles, you’ll find a variety of clothing, crafts, and goodies all in one place.  General admission is Friday and Saturday.  Go here for more event details and here to see this year’s merchants.

Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28th)–Not into “Black Friday” or want to show your local shops some love this holiday season?  Save the date to shop the Saturday following Thanksgiving and join shoppers nationwide in supporting local business owners.  #shoplocal #smallbizsaturday

Christmas Under the Oaks (Dec. 4th-5th)–Get in a little shopping and enjoy a weekend of family fun.  There are usually local jewelry vendors and crafters out at the festival in addition to live music and carnival rides.  See the City of Sulphur Facebook Page or the events calendar for more details and updates.

Hope you’ll join me in shopping local this season!  

And “like” the More Than Trends  Facebook page so you don’t miss out on what’s to come.

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