It's about to get crazy folks! December is here and the holiday season has arrived. I seriously cannot believe the speed at which this year has passed. It seems like yesterday that I was sweltering with the air conditioning cranked and here we are now getting ready for the holiday season and 2019. I have called this newsletter "Holiday Perfection" because what I really want to talk about is the exact opposite. At this time of the year, there is so much pressure to shop, bake, wrap, donate, party and the list goes on. We watch holiday "Christmas movies" where the trees and houses are decorated to perfection and we get inspired to re-create these magikal scenes at home. The pressure can become overwhelming. So I am suggesting that maybe we take a step back from all of this pressure and simplify the holidays as much as possible. When things in my life get crazy I purposely slow everything around me down and that way I can focus on what truly matters and trim away the excess. Allow yourself some self care and alone time so that you can actually enjoy the items on your to-do list instead of just crossing them off. At Cornerstone, we like to think we can help you with taking the pressure off. We have a great selection of Canadian, hand-made, one-of-a-kind gifts at price points to fit EVERY budget. Our staff, if you let them, will be delighted to help you choose and then we will package it all up to look pretty or to make safe for travelling. If you want to simplify your gift giving with us even more, you can pick up one of our Cornerstone gift cards so that the gifted will be able to come in and leisurely walk around the store to choose a piece of art or craft themselves. The most important thing to remember this holiday season is KINDNESS. Kindness to yourself, to the sales staff who are on their feet all day helping their little hearts out, to the police, ambulance and fire people who put their lives on the line for us and for all the service people who keep our roads clear for travel when Mother Nature gets grouchy. Kindness to all the fantastic wait staff and chefs who are serving up deliciousness when you have shopped and your dogs are tired. Speaking of dogs... be kind to all the animals out there who get left in the cold or need a little extra love because they have been abandoned or abused. Be kind to all of our fellow human beings out there and be kind to the planet. Re-use bags and be conscientious of wastefulness. Be Kind, Be Safe, Have fun!
Happy Holidays to you and your family however you choose to celebrate this time of the year
From our heart you yours,
Penny & the wonderful staff at Cornerstone
P.S. Shopping at Cornerstone is a little different than other retail locations, so we remind people "if you see it, like it then buy it!" We feel badly when you come back and your chosen item has already found another home. Many of our artists are unable to recreate a similar piece on short notice and before the holidays. Avoid disappointment!