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Issue: #38December 2013

     So where are you with your Holiday Shopping?

     I have a few things, but really need to get organized! Several customers this past week are almost done, but so many are still in the reconnaissance stage.

     After more years than I want to think about working in retail, I have a few "gift shopping tips" to pass on:

1. Make a List. You don't need to list what you plan to buy - that takes some of the serendipity away from shopping - but a list of recipients.

2. Focus on One Person at a Time. It's really hard to find just the right gift for someone when you're looking for several people at once. Know that you are coming into Crackerjack, for instance, to look for your sister, two friends, and a co-worker. But then just focus on one at a time, even if it means going around the store four times (another advantage of shopping small!)

3. Review Your List Before Leaving the Store. You've located gifts for those you thought you would find. Now that you've seen everything in the store, is there anyone else you can take care of?

Nice Sign Reverses to Naughty!

4. Don't Forget Host/Hostess Gifts. How many times have you run in somewhere on your way to an event to grab a hostess gift? Save the hassle and choose a couple things now to have on hand.

5. Remember the Stocking Stuffers. I think there is nothing harder than going out shopping for stocking stuffers! I try to be on the lookout all season long, and pick things up as I go.

6. Let Us Do the Wrapping. We offer complimentary boxes and ribbon on items over $15.00. You can add paper, too, for a small fee. Your gifts are then ready to present!
7. Keep a Record. I have a soft cover blank book for just this purpose. Every year I list who I need to buy for, what I purchased, and I check them off as I wrap them and mail them. This has been so helpful from year to year. Have you ever had the sneaking suspicion you've bought the same item for someone that you gave them last year?

Upcoming Events

Holiday Hours -

Beginning Wednesday Dec. 11, we will be open the following hours to accommodate our customers:

Mon. through Sat.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 10a.m. - 5p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
We will also close at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve and be Closed on New Year's Day.

Merry Christmas and 
Happy New Year!
Santa Photos 
You can have Santa Photos taken at Wallingford Center with Nancy Treder on Dec. 14 & 15, and 
Dec. 21 & 22. 
Call 206-380-4000 
or 206-371-0585 for an appointment! 
Things to Celebrate!

Dec. 1- Advent Begins 
              Rosa Parks Day

Dec. 2 - National Mutt Day   

Dec. 3 - Giving Tuesday
               Telescope Day  
Dec. 4 - Santa's List Day
Dec. 5 - Bathtub Party Day
               International Ninja Day 
Dec. 6 - St. Nicholas Day
St. Nicholas
              National Salesperson Day 

Dec.  7 - National Cotton Candy Day
                Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 
Dec. 8 - Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
               World Choral Day                   
Dec. 9 - International Anti-Corruption Day

Dec. 10 - Nobel Prize Day
                 Dewey Decimal System Day

Dec. 11 - International Mountain Day

Dec. 12 - Gingerbread House Day
                 Poinsettia Day
This is Solange, the woman responsible for making the Wallingford Center so beautiful and festive for the Holidays!
Dec. 13 - Violin Day
                 Ice Cream Day
                 Friday the 13th!!                                                      
Dec. 14 - Monkey Day
                 Bouillabaisse Day
Dec. 15 - Cat Herders Day
                 National Lemon Cupcake Day     
Dec. 16 - National Chocolate-Covered
                      Anything Day
Dec. 17 - National Maple Syrup Day

Dec. 18 - Answer the Telephone Like Buddy 
                      the Elf Day                 
Dec. 19 - National Re-Gifting Day
                One Piece Bathing Suit Patented in

Dec. 20 - National Sangria Day
                 Underdog Day
Dec. 21 - Crossword Puzzle Day
                 Humbug Day
                 Winter Solstice 12:11 pm EDT
Dec. 22 - First Electric Christmas Lights,
                     1882. The vice-president of
                     Edison Co., Edward Johnson,
                     hung lights in celebration of
                     Christmas. By 1890, they were
                     offered in the company's catalog!
Christmas Tree
Dec. 23 - Pfeffernusse Day     
Dec. 24 - National Egg Nog Day
                  Christmas Eve
                       Santa in Sleigh

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Boxing Day
                 National Candy Cane Day
                 National Thank-You Note Day
                 Whiner's Day - lots to choose from!                  
Dec. 27 - Make cut Out Snowflakes Day
                 Visit the Zoo Day

Dec. 28 - National Chocolate Day 
Dec. 29 - Tick-Tock Day
Dec. 30 -Bacon Day
                 Falling Needles Family Fest Day

Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve.
                Universal Hour of Peace Day
                World Peace Meditation Day


Happy New Year!!! 



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     Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year - may it be filled with joy and peace!

      Thank you for supporting the handmade, for shopping local, and for being such valued customers!

All the Best,

Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts