I have a good shopping hint to share with you…

Have you ever wondered if you should buy Christmas decorations after the season is over? Well I have to tell you that today (Jan 6th) I went through some of the stores in the Mall and couldn’t believe the fabulous prices for the holiday leftovers on the shelves that were ridiculously overpriced in November and December.

I know it’s hard to stop yourself when you see that perfect, glowing ornament that would look just right with your other holiday trimmings, but trust me. You can get twice as many by waiting.

Last year, I’d decided that my mantle had been the same for so many years; it was more than time for a change. So, I started searching for the exact embellishments I wanted. After seeing this photo, I decided I wanted white and silver and knew that the whole area would look gorgeous fixed up with those colors. Look like my fireplace!!

But when I went shopping, I was outraged at the cost of styrofoam and glitter, ribbons and cheap sparkling balls made very inexpensively. Wow!! One goofy large silver ball was over $8. With all the season’s expenses, I just couldn’t do it. Other, more important things, like food and gifts and of course… chocolate, had priority with my debit card.

Instead, I waited until the Boxing Day sales and my young bachelor son and I hit the stores early. I was training him to be a cost-conscious shopper. He only came along because I‘d promised a sushi lunch and a movie… LOL!!

But, I’m happy to say, we’d found fantastic bargains at 50% off and more. Quickly, we bought the new glittery decorations because others had the same idea and the best bargains were clearing out fast.

Move forward to this year when I set up all my beautiful new fixings. While doing so, memories of the fun we’d had shopping for them last year drifted through my mind and gave me a huge amount of added satisfaction.

When, my guy arrived and saw what we had made happen, his pleasure turned a delightful moment into one even more special.

***Speaking of special visions of Christmas, in my last novella of the Holiday Heartwarmers Trilogy, Find Me a Home, there’s a part where the heroine is working the hero to get the Christmas decorations ready for a very special visitor.


The next day, while Amelia and Harley were feverishly decorating the Christmas tree, he grabbed her for a kiss. “Lady, you sure have a lot of stuff for Christmas. I thought I’d never get all those lights up around the house.”

She pulled out of his arms and slapped her hands on her hips. “Don’t tell me you’re a Scrooge for the holidays, Harley Carlton, because if so, it could be a deal breaker.”

Though she’d spoken teasingly, her heart dropped at the idea that she loved a man who might not share her excitement for this season. It was her favorite time of the year. If it hadn’t been for having had her life turned upside down first with her injury, and then all the worry about Jimmy, she would have had all her beautiful decorations in place weeks ago.

“Calm down, sugar. I’m a sucker for Christmas. In fact, I’m usually the one who helps Mom get the house ready. Only this year, things have been a bit crazy and poor old Dad had to step up. The old complainer called to let me know he was only a temporary employee.”