Neither hurricane-force wind, nor rain, nor LA traffic could deter me from my Holiday Mission: Take my mom, Edna Dolan the Maxxinista, to her neighborhood TJ Maxx for some home decor shopping. Thanks to the lovely people at TJ Maxx who saw my last blog about my mother’s Thanksgiving haul, we were invited to the Santa Monica store to bedeck our halls for Christmas. To my mother, this was tantamount to a royal invitation.
And frankly, she was treated like royalty.
When I introduced myself to Richard the Manager, his eyes went right past me and lit up when he saw Queen Edna, “Hello, how are you? So good to see you!” My mother received his attention with quiet dignity, then lead me to the elevators where the holiday treasures awaited on the second floor. In her element, Queen Edna ruled the aisles.
My plans this holiday season include inviting some of the young neighbor children over to see our tree. (Now that my boys are teenagers, I feel the need to be around little ones who truly appreciate my carol-barking dogs and my Russian Santas.) My mom seized this idea with zeal. I was looking to bring a little whimsy and fun to my holiday decorating, maybe with a touch of sparkle and non-traditional colors. My mother is Old School and was drawn immediately to the Red & Green Spode Christmas Tree -themed items. But once we took in all the inspiration that TJ Maxx had to offer, we settled on a bright and cheery Hot Chocolate Party theme.
I’ll let the photos tell the story from here, but make sure to read all the way through for your chance to win a $50 gift card to TJ Maxx or Marshalls, furnished by TJ Maxx.
Thanks to TJ Maxx for making us feel so at home in your fantastic Santa Monica store. And, for providing three $50 gift cards for the Chaos Chronicles audience. Three lucky winners will be able to snap up their own Holiday items at either TJ Maxx or Marshalls. To enter to win the gift cards, please leave a comment here on the blog. I’ll pick three random winners on December 8th at 9 am PST and announce them on the Chaos Chronicles podcast that day.
Let’s share our holiday know-how. Answer this question in your comments: What’s your favorite Hostess Gift to give this time of year?
Embracing my Chaos, Lian
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