Christmas

If you've ever driven down Lake St. in Petoskey, Michigan, after Thanksgiving, you might have seen our Letters to Santa mailbox out in front, lightly covered in freshly fallen snowflakes. It's a tradition all of us at Grandpa Shorter's Gifts love. Come inside and ask us for a Santa Clause po...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

Christmas Eve is only a week away. Are you ready for Christmas break? My kids are super excited and even though I'm nervous to have them home for several days, I secretly cannot wait. My husband and I finished up Christmas shopping earlier today for the kids. I grabbed some fun stocking stuffers fro...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Recipes

Hello December, welcome back! We are a few days in and the holidays are officially here. Petoskey's Downtown Holiday Parade was last weekend and this Friday evening, December 7th is the Petoskey Downtown Open House. The Petoskey Steel Drum Band will be there, as well as Santa and the downtown shops ...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Recipes

This past Saturday was Petoskey's Downtown Holiday Parade. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Having rained the night before lost we lost almost all of our snow downtown. The rain held off (for the most part) during the Holiday Parade and it's our family tradition that we attend every ...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Recipes

The holidays are officially here and Thanksgiving is only days away. Petoskey's Downtown Holiday Open House is Friday December 7th and that marks the official Downtown Petoskey Christmas season. Like many small midwest towns, the Christmas season is magical. Maybe it's walking around downtown during...
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Categories:  Events, Holiday Love

The holidays are right around the corner and that means the inevitable holiday rush. Every year I try my best to plan ahead on holiday gift purchases, yet I always seem to be rushed regardless of what I do. I love shopping local during the holiday season, especially while the kids are in school. The...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Shopping

Fall in Northern Michigan signifies pumpkin patches and hayrides, fall wine tours, downtown Petoskey Trick or Treating as well as many more community events. Petoskey is such a great little midwest town. Sitting on the shores of beautiful Little Traverse Bay, it's one of those few places that you ca...
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Categories:  Events, Holiday Love

It wasn’t even Halloween yet when my five-year-old came home from kindergarten and said a classmate told him Santa wasn’t real. He was upset, and I could tell he wasn’t ready to let go of the fairy tale just yet. I wasn’t ready either. He’s my youngest, and I love seeing the magic of Chris...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

Ugly Christmas sweater parties are all the rage this year. It’s a great way to lighten up a holiday that can sometimes be filled with stress. There are sure to be lots of fun and laughs with your family and friends when everyone comes to the party dressed in their tackiest Christmas wear. Here are...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

The snow is officially here and Thanksgiving is already this week. Next Saturday is Petoskey's Downtown Holiday Parade and the kids buffet (my favorite!!) at the Noggin Room. My kids are excited that they only have 1 and 1/2 days of school this week. I'm not thrilled but it's the holidays, right? Wo...
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Categories:  Events, Holiday Love