A very brief Christmas story...

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Once upon a time

there was someone who

really needed a glass

of wine. It was me. 

The end. 

I found this wine bottle gift bag at one of my favorite stores along one of my favorite Main Streets - Sweet Elizabeth Jane in Ellicott City, MD - and just had to get it. I love it so much that I almost didn't gift it! It is a true story after all. 

Besides sharing this very brief Christmas story with you, I am also happy to report that I once again succeeded in completing 75% of my Christmas shopping at locally owned small businesses. Not one present was purchased on Amazon. I am striving for 100% and will get there, perhaps next year. 

wishing you a peaceful Holiday


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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (14)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Andrea,
Your post made me laugh.  Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Dec 24, 2021 08:51 AM
Andrea Bedard

Im glad Carol Williams, that was my reaction, too, when I spotted it at Sweet Elizabeth Jane! Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2021 10:11 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

I must say that I could really use a nice German white today. May open a Reisling.

Dec 24, 2021 08:55 AM
Andrea Bedard

I have a bottle of Glühwein saved Rocky Dickerson, although our temps are a little too warm to sip mulled wine in front of the fireplace.  

Dec 24, 2021 10:14 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello, Andrea Bedard thank you for sharing your short Christmas story. It's Prosecco for me ...the gift bag is a hoot.  Merry Christmas. 

Dec 24, 2021 09:03 AM
Andrea Bedard

I went back to store to get a couple more Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist but they were already sold out! Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2021 10:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Andrea,

It is Champagne for us this evening.  Just have to pick it up, a mere 4 blocks from home.  Happy, Happy, Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Eve.  A

Dec 24, 2021 09:18 AM
Andrea Bedard

Cheers Ron and Alexandra Seigel! Merry Christmas Eve! 

Dec 24, 2021 10:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Happy Christmas Eve Day, Andrea... good for you and I'm impressed with your local shopping accomplishment. As all our grands are grown now and all they want are gift cards, my own Christmas shopping has become very simplified in recent years. But I'm all about trying to shop local when and I can and buying American.

Dec 24, 2021 09:24 AM
Andrea Bedard

I started a few years ago and just try to purchase as much as possible at local small stores. You are right, it's become easier now that I have teenagers in the house. I cancelled my Amazon account a year or so ago! Haven't missed it. Merry Christmas Eve Nina Hollander, Broker

Dec 24, 2021 10:17 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a fantastic thing to have supported local businesses with your holiday shopping.  

Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2021 09:51 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland. I also find it much more enjoyable to shop along Main Street than at the Mall. 
Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2021 10:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - I believe some gifts actually shout "this is the one you have been searching".  Eureka!

Dec 24, 2021 10:49 AM
Andrea Bedard

Yes, yes they do! Happy Sunday Michael Jacobs

Dec 26, 2021 09:50 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Andrea Bedard great Christmas story. Wishing you a Happy Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2021 02:06 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you John Pusa. Hope your Christmas was wonderful.  

Dec 26, 2021 09:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Andrea= I would have had to buy 2 of those...one to give away and one to keep!!!  I love to shop local when I can but must admit that I've had to turn to the big A for many items. 

Dec 24, 2021 07:52 PM
Andrea Bedard

I went back twice in the hopes to purchase a couple more Kathy Streib, but no such luck. I'll be smarter next time I spot a perfect gift that also has my name written all over it! 

Dec 26, 2021 09:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Love the wine saying... and it's great you did local shopping. I didn't buy many gifts this year, but those I did buy I ordered from the store in question since we don't have a branch of that store here. But I love the idea of doing all local shopping. Kudos to you!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2021 04:47 AM
Andrea Bedard

I avoid them like the plague Kat Palmiotti, and will only make an exception when purchasing gifts for the family in Germany. That is still the easiest when I can't travel and deliver myself. 

Dec 26, 2021 09:53 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Haha, I love it, and ending with a glass of wine is perfect.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2021 05:18 AM
Andrea Bedard

Or 2 Brian England! Hope your Christmas was merry!  

Dec 26, 2021 09:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, what kind of wine was it?   Congratulations on keeping your shopping local!   Merry Christmas to you and your girls!  

Dec 25, 2021 06:09 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Joan Cox! I gifted Glühwein, the spiced mulled wine they sell at the traditional Christmas markets. I enjoyed a couple glasses of Tennessee Shine Wine that I got from clients. Merry Christmas to you - it's the 2nd day of Christmas in Germany, so we are still celebrating today 🎄

Dec 26, 2021 09:58 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Merry Christmas Andrea!

Wishing you and your loved ones Blessings through the Holiday seasons and the New Year!

Dec 26, 2021 10:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - that makes me laugh but then again my wife and I did that same with a dark chocolate gift.  Go local.  Good for you.

Jan 05, 2022 08:30 AM