I hate to admit it but living in Boerne for over two decades means that I take for granted our charming little town and adorable shops on Main Street. But, at least once I year I visit almost every shop and that's around Christmas time when the Boerne Merchant's come together to host Dickens on Main. If you haven't experienced Dickens on Main in Boerne I highly suggest packing up the family and heading to the Hill Country of Texas for a family fun Christmas experience.
|Here is a picture of my oldest daughter sitting on Santa's|
lap that I found on Dickens' flickr account! Oh, the memories!!
To participate in the Stocking Stroll you have to buy a big red bag! They are $20 and went on sale around the 1st of November and are available from local merchants until there aren't any left! There's only a limited amount so you have to hurry and grab one once they go on sale. The bag has a piece of paper stapled to it that lists all of the participating stores and when you visit the store and get your gift they stamp or hole punch their store name to know you've been there.
|Big Red Bag! $20 sold from November 1st until they are sold out.|
Which is fast!
As far as the gifts go I wasn't expecting anything super expensive or fancy but a few of the goodies happily surprised me! Hunting and Gathering's gift was a gorgeous glass blown ornament. I liked Calamity Jane's and Daisy Pearl Boutiques gifts that worked together with cookie cutters and sugar cookie and sugar cookie icing recipes tied to them. My girls love cookie cutters! Merle Norman gave a lot of great beauty samples and who doesn't love free beauty samples?! Read on to see all the goodies we got! (Forgive me for the bad pictures!) A lot of the gifts are cute and perfect for stocking stuffers! Stocking Stroll...stocking stuffers! I get it. Ha!
My mom and I got a late start heading out around 2:30 pm. The Stocking Stroll starts at 11 am and goes through 5:00 pm so today we really did only go to the stores that were participating so we missed looking and shopping in quite a few of the stores that weren't participating. Maybe next year we will a) get an earlier start and b) more stores will participate. Oh, and c) cooler weather will be in the forecast! It wasn't miserable and was a beautiful day but it's Christmas. I need cold! Or, a chill in the air. But, that's south Texas for ya'!
The stores that participated this year were: 259 Home Market, Alley on Main, Calamity Jane's, Celeste, Cutie Patootie, The Christmas Shoppe, Daisy Pearl Boutique, The Flower Shop, Hunting & Gathering, La Te Da, Lillian's, Merle Norman, Red Bird Retro, Soda Pop's/Sugar Shack, Son of a Brave, and The Red Rooster.
The following gifts aren't pictured because my mom took them for my daughter's and my niece Brinley's stockings! :) La Te Da gave out bubble bath in little containers that looked like Christmas lights. Celeste gave out ADORABLE felted pens in the shape of animals like pigs, monkeys, bears, roosters, giraffe, antelope and some others. We picked a monkey and a bear. They are just adorable!! And, Cutie Patootie gave out Christmas scented votive candles. That is already in one of my red votive holders on the mantle. :)
From Red Bird Retro: jingle bell cup filled with candy
(That I can neither confirm nor deny may have already been eaten),
a candy cane notepad and a candy can pen)
In the background you can see part of the beautiful ornament from
Hunting and Gathering (One of my favorite Main Street stores. Gorgeous!)
Also, in the far background you can see part of the Christmas card from Son of a Brave.