Wow, the holidays are over and I’m exhausted! I had a fantastic Christmas and am so happy I got to celebrate with family and friends.
This year I decided to bring back a tradition that I had with my aunt Donna as a kid. Every year, Donna and I would spend the day after Christmas in Chicago, shopping the sales and enjoying lunch at the famous Walnut Room. There were two key factors in making our trip a success; eggnog lattes (mine was decaf of course) and a new ornament for my Christmas tree.
I’m obviously no longer in the Chicago area, but that didn’t stop me from keeping the tradition alive! I decided to travel to Portsmouth, NH to fulfill my shopping needs; I picked Portsmouth because it provides that old New England charm and has some really neat shops (I’m sharing my favorite below).With my eggnog latte in hand, I walked up and down the cobble stone paths in search of great deals and a cute ornament. I finally found the one and was excited to discover this fun fact; the ornament was created by women in Armenia with an organization whose stated mission to to empower artisans to earn a sustainable income to provide their families food, shelter and healthcare – Yay! As shopping came to an end, we enjoyed a yummy seafood feast at Bob’s Clam Hut, in Kittery Maine. Bob’s is a short drive over the bridge from Portsmouth and has amazing seafood. I recommend the fried clams two ways, the lobster roll, and lobster stew. I personally love Bob’s because I can get my seafood fix any time of the year.
If you’re in the Portsmouth, NH area be sure to visit these fun shops for some unique gift ideas!
- Off Piste – Unusual Goods
- RiverRun Bookstore – Books
- Treehouse Toys Ltd. – Kids Toys & Books
- Diversions Puzzles & Games – Puzzles & Games
- Gus & Ruby Letterpress – Gift Shop
- Book & Bar – Used Bookstore & Coffee Bar
- Portsmouth Candle Company – Home Goods
I’m really happy I decided to pick up where my aunt and I left off years ago. Although my aunt wasn’t in New England to share it with me, I had great company and it brought back that warm fuzzy feeling of being a kid and celebrating Christmas. I invite you to share how you spent your holiday season and what traditions you celebrated to create that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling. Share below!