Thankful for Traditions Good Friends Observe

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The Junior League of Austin sponsors the annual "Christmas Affair" every year the Thursday before Thanksgiving. 2019 marked the 44th annual event and the theme "I'll be home for Christmas"definitely evoked feelings and memories of families, togetherness, excitement and traditions. The Junior League views the Christmas Affair as a market with a mission!

Austin has undergone many changes since I moved here in 1981. The only constant for Autin is change but the qualities our city cherishes of compassion, generosity and creativity never change. Every dollar raised during the five-day event provides much-needed funding for the Junior Leagues signature programs and non-profit partnerships.

Thursday morning offers a breakfast and first peak at the many booths that offer a variety of boutique items. I've been going for the past 15 years with my daughter and some special friends. It's become a tradition to kick off the holiday season and puts me in in the mood for the holiday. I look forward to it every year and know my Geno would be happy I went. He would always tease me and say "I never get invited to go!"

This year Christmas is fast approaching as Thanksgiving is falling later in November. There were some firsts this year that added to the whole experience for the the thousands who attended. Providing additional food options for the patrons kept them shopping longer and enjoying the scenic views of Austin from the upper terrace outside the Gingerbread Loft highlighting Texas businesses and products.

I must admit we shopped until we dropped and then relaxed on the terrace with nibbles, bites and bubbly overlooking the most amazing Austin skyline!

Cheers 2019.... Another memorable Christmas Affair!!

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Geno is looking down with a smirk, and has others smiling, since he did not have to be invited this year either. Enjoy your day!

Nov 27, 2019 05:30 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - the many definitions of "home" often seem to include family - friends - festivities.  The Junior League of Austin seems to embrace that concept too.  Although the time between Thanksgiving Day and December 25 is shorter this year, I am sure the important things will continue to be remembered.  

Nov 27, 2019 05:34 AM #2
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Sounds like a wonderful event and a great way to start the holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 27, 2019 06:27 AM #3
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

This event would certainly get me into the spirit. Sounds wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2019 06:44 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Dorie, for telling us about this event and for sharing the beautiful photograph.

Have a very special Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2019 07:28 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Lovely photographs, it sounds like you had a wonderful time, and like you, I would have enjoyed having a glass of bubbly after all that exhaustive shopping. A

Nov 27, 2019 07:31 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - this sounds like a wonderful tradition and traditions and holidays go together.

Nov 27, 2019 09:04 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The Junior League is a great organization for friendship and networking, Dorie.  And, shopping together sounds delightful!

Nov 27, 2019 09:26 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, great way to kick off the Holiday season, and sounds like fun!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 27, 2019 09:59 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Loved that photo, Dorie... and the event sounds fantastic. A great way to kick off the holiday season and I'd be right there if I lived in Austin.

Nov 27, 2019 10:47 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie I hope you have an enjoyable time with your friends at this event, and hope lots of money is raised.

Nov 27, 2019 12:04 PM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like way more shopping than I would ever enjoy, but I would think you got plenty of exercise doing it.

Nov 27, 2019 12:27 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dorie- this is the kind of tradition I love. I used to go to the Houston Ballet's Holiday Nutcracker Market when I lived here years ago but I can tell you that we didn't have the beautiful view that yours has. 

Nov 27, 2019 07:04 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Dorie.

Happy Thanksgiving, that photo says it all.  Make it a great day

Nov 28, 2019 01:24 AM #14
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love the photos!  I hope the Junior League had a very successful day and that your day was wonderful.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2019 07:42 AM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Yes, I think your Geno would approve. I'm glad you have a wonserful daughter and good friends to keep you having fun.

Nov 28, 2019 07:53 PM #16
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Yes,Gino would be happy with all you do!! 

Nov 29, 2019 09:32 AM #17
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