In which the holidays are here.

This is my very favorite time of year in the shop. It's colder and darker, making The Bookshelf even cozier than usual. We're busy from the moment we open our doors: hosting authors, wrapping presents, greeting customers. It's just the most magical thing, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. 

This week is Victorian Christmas in downtown Thomasville, which means we'll be open tonight and Friday night until 9 p.m. I hope you'll come by and say hello; so many wonderful new books are out and perfect for holiday gift-giving, plus we've got gorgeous children's toys, holiday ornaments, Thomasville mugs, and all kinds of other goodies. I'd like to think we've got a little something for everyone this season, and I'd love for you to come explore our shelves to see for yourself!

Go ahead and mark your calendars, too, because next Thursday, we're taking time out of this busy season to color the stress away! Come color for a couple of hours, plus browse the shop after hours -- we'll be open late, and we'll have apple cider and hot chocolate simmering while you get your shopping done without the stress. Our holiday wish lists are ready for you, too, if you'd like to fill one out and let a loved one know what you'd like under the tree this year. Make a note in your planner to join us for some fun next Thursday!

I know it's hectic, and the holidays can be hard for all kinds of reasons, but I don't want to forget the magic of it all. It's really just so lovely.

We're currently looking for a new shop interns for the upcoming spring semester (January-May). Are you a local university student with a passion for small business and the written word? We'd love to have you at The Bookshelf! Find full application details on our store website.

Don't forget! We're quarterfinalists in the Independent We Stand Indie Awards (hooray!), and we'd love to be finalists. You've got until December 11 to cast your vote, so click on over -- you can vote once a day! Our friends over at Fuzzy Goat are also quarterfinalists, and we couldn't be prouder. It's pretty lovely to be in such grand company. Thanks for supporting local shops like ours.

This week on From the Front Porch, Chris and I tackled my November reading list, including My Brilliant Friend and Lauren Graham's memoir. This week marks episode 97 of From the Front Porch (!), which means we're gearing up for our 100th episode. We're collecting voice messages from listeners, so if you've got a comment or a question you'd love for us to answer, click on over and leave us a voice memo.
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Come see us soon.

- Annie