The thing about making memories is you don’t know which ones are gonna stick. Which moments in your life are going to be the things you look back on and remember when you’re old and tired and reflecting on what used to be. What you think are huge moments in your life might just end up forgotten while completely insignificant moments will find a spot in your brain, hunker down and stay there forever.
Blue flannel nightgown with cheap, itchy lace at the neckline and elasticized cuffs that left a mark on my wrists when I took it off.
Walking through the snow in my boots with my socks bunched up halfway down my feet, pressing into the arch of my foot.
Sitting cross legged on the floor with a magic marker and the toy section of a gift catalogue.
Those are my Christmas memories. As a grown up, I’m not sure anything will ever make me feel as happy and content as playing out in the snow all day, face and hands red with the cold, then coming home to put on that awful, uncomfortable flannel nightgown before plopping down on the floor with the gift catalogue.
Except maybe wine.
Just kidding. I don’t even really like wine, I just knew that’s what a lot of you were thinking. Because as discussed in a prior post, I am psychic.
And apparently so are the fine folks at Lee Valley, because they know that just because we’re grown ups doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a night in flannel, flipping through a gift catalogue.
Lee Valley has an old timey feel to it. It feels comfortable and special and a bit old fashioned. Lee Valley feels like an old flannel nightgown. And as such, they have a Christmas Gift catalogue.
And because it’s Lee Valley it’s filled with things you had NO idea you absolutely had to have, but do. Take this little thing …
It’s a magnetic bar you put onto your clothing to hold your reading glasses. Mr. Lee (of Lee Valley) heard that my sister Pink Tool Belt really wanted one and he gave me one to give her. Not a single day has gone by without her pinning it to her outfit. Not. A. Single. One.
That incident proves several points:
1.Lee Valley carries things that are unique and useful and just plain fun.
2.The Lee family, who started and own Lee Valley, are just genuinely nice people.
3. When you get to be really, really, old, you’ll need to wear reading glasses. When you get to be really, really, really, REALLY old, you’ll not only need them, you’ll always forget where you put them.
If you’re following The Christmas Pledge, you know that tonight is the night that you’re supposed to chug a carton of egg nog in preparation for the next 3 days of be shopping for presents. You can do that chugging while browsing the Lee Valley Christmas Gift Catalogue, and virtually circling the things you want for yourself and for others.
Yup, for you!
Will $250 cover it? Good.
Because Lee Valley is giving one reader a $250 gift card right here and right now. To enter to win it all you have to do is browse through The Lee Valley Christmas Gift Catalogue, then come back here and let me know what you’d like to spend that $250 on. (Canadian dollars)
The contest ends Saturday November 19th at 11:58 p.m.
The winner will be announced in Monday’s post.
Now go get your flannel pajamas on and start browsing. And no. I do not care if you’re sitting at your desk at work. At all. Do it. It’ll make a great memory.
Sorry, the contest is now closed.