Monday, October 26, 2015


Photo courtesy of Victoria’s Christmas Parade & Small Town Christmas, Dec. 11-12

Hankering for an old-fashioned flavor to your holidays? Or, are you thinking of starting a new tradition? Here are some great options to consider!

On Nov. 22, swing by downtown Culpeper for its annual holiday Open House. Festivities begin at 12 noon and run all afternoon, with a community tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. 

When you begin tackling your holiday shopping list, consider Virginia-made products that support local businesses. Located at the Farmhouse Atelier in Woodstock, “All Things Virginia” can help you assemble custom gift baskets, personalized ornaments and handmade signs. The large selection of Virginia-made products includes wine and cider as well as handmade pottery and other arts and crafts.

Those wanting time to reflect on the deeper meaning of the season can take a personal retreat at Holy Cross Abbey House in Berryville. This is where Trappist monks are living out monastic vows that date back to the sixth century, and you’ll join them in observing the rule of silence while enjoying the garden and worship services. Before you leave, swing by the Abbey’s gift shop and bring home some of their famous homemade fruitcakes and creamed honey — or you can order their wares online, with just the click of a mouse.

Add some freshness to your holiday decorations with festive poinsettias, fresh wreathes and seasonal arrangements from Strange’s Garden Centers, whether you swing by one of their four locations or place an order online.

For the more adventurous gift-givers, consider booking an adventure to the “last frontier.” Your Man Tours, Alaska’s largest independent tour operator, is offering an early-booking discount on its 12-day Grand Alaskan cruise that departs from May through September.  Mention promo code CF09460

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