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Shopping on the Hill Country Mile, Tacos, & Santa: Reflections on a Busy (but joyful) Boerne Weekend

Shopping on the Hill Country Mile, Tacos, & Santa: Reflections on a Busy (but joyful) Boerne Weekend

You ever have one of those weekends that is just so FULL that you’re left feeling both completely exhausted and completely fulfilled all at the same time?  Well, that was my weekend. 

It started off on Friday night with a bit of solo shopping on the Hill Country Mile.  Several of the shops were open later than usual as part of Boerne’s Holiday Open House.  This was a great opportunity for us procrastinators to check a few last folks off our Christmas list.  I saw many people doing just that, and quite a few who also seemed to just be out enjoying the holiday lights and atmosphere on Main Street.  Which, can you blame them?

First, I drove just a tad south of River Road to Dang Sassy because I knew that they had essential oil diffuser bracelets that I had been meaning to try for forever.  I finally got a chance to chat with Michelle, the wonderful owner, and take a few photos of her oh-so-cute-and-totally-sassy store:

Next, I wandered into Gallery 195 of Boerne.  Full disclosure: my father-in-law is one of the founding members of this gallery, so I’ve been in before and may be a bit biased when it comes to telling people just how great I think it is. 😊 However, I do really love the mixture of artistic mediums here: you can find all sorts of photography, original paintings, sculptures and pottery, jewelry…just about anything.  I also love the modern, sort of industrial vibe they’ve got going on (check out those floors, moody paint colors, and plywood walls!) and that there’s something for everyone of just about any age or design style.  NOTE: The photo of the gallery is courtesy of Gallery 195. 

And to wrap up my Friday night on the mile, I FINALLY made it into The Christmas Shoppe.  This is one I’ve been dying to check out for so long and boy is it every bit as amazing as I thought it would be!  It’s chock-full of absolutely everything Christmas to include ornaments, nativity scenes, Christmas villages, snow globes, toys for the kids, Elf on the Shelf kits, and so.much.more.  But it’s not all Christmas; you’ll also find a bit of year-round home décor and gifts (look at all that Willow Tree!) and decorative collections for just about every other major holiday.  In talking with Emily, the Shoppe’s owner, I learned that she does swap out the offerings with the seasons, but that there’s still “always Christmas”.

I didn’t make it back home until almost 11:00 Friday night; pretty sure my husband thought I had ran away!  And then Saturday morning, we were up bright and early to head to Boerne Taco House.  The day I had anxiously been waiting for was finally here: Christmas taco delivery day!  Thank you so much to all of you who signed up; it was truly a blessing to get to meet you all in person, to chat with you, and to get to learn a bit about who you are and how you came to live in the Hill Country.  I know we were in a rush to get all the deliveries made so we couldn’t stay long (I didn't even get pictures with all of you!), but I am just so grateful for the chance to meet you face-to-face.  I hope to hold some sort of a get-together at one of our local Boerne businesses in the near future, so we can have even more time to get to know each other.  Electric Coffee, anyone??

THEN, to cap off our weekend, we had pictures with Santa at Landers Photography.  If you missed my previous post about our experience with this over the years, you can find it here.  And, because they’re just so adorable, here are a few of our pics from this year’s session:

Y’all…it has been one heck of a weekend.  I feel like sitting down to write this post is the first time I’ve really stopped going since Friday.  But, man, was it so worth it.  My heart is FULL.  It has been a weekend of connecting: with the incredible people behind the wonderful shops on The Mile that really make our town what it is (especially this time of year; think about how different Christmas in Boerne would be if these folks didn’t decorate their shops to the max for the holidays!), with all of YOU who allowed us to bring you a bit of Christmas cheer so early on a Saturday morning, and with my kids as we watched them interact with Santa and brought them home to a take-out dinner and a Christmas movie night before bed.  My mother-in-law surprised me with a gift when we were shopping at Diva Night this year, and I just can’t help but think it’s perfect for describing exactly how I feel after such a fantastically busy few days:

You can find this adorable tote at The Corner Cartel.

You can find this adorable tote at The Corner Cartel.

We are loving life in this beautiful town of ours and are just so thrilled to even be here!  Have you had a chance yet to get out and explore Boerne this holiday season?  What's your favorite part about our town?  What sorts of things have brought you joy or made your heart nice and full this Christmas?

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