So, I am working down the 12 Days of Christmas list. The first six items, not that big of a deal. Everything is about a grand. The Partridge in a Pear Tree might not cost a thousand bucks but while you can get a pear tree at High-Hand, running around town burning gas while looking for a partridge is going to drive up the cost. I have a pond at home large enough for the seven Swans a Swimming. But at $13,000 I think i’m going to insert ducks this year. The 8 Maids a-Milking and 9 Ladies Dancing is probably something i’m not going to even attempt to acquire. The 11 Pipers Pipping and 12 Drummers Drumming, that one is easy. I will just make a donation to the local High-School music department and see if I can get them to show up. The hardest item to acquire is the 10 Lords a-Leaping. Are there even ten Lords in the United States? Or am I going to have to fly them in from Europe using my air miles? What country would you even go to and find 10 Lords that would leap for you?

Depending on how good a shopper you are, you’re looking at about $45,000 for the 12 Days of Christmas. That includes swapping the swans for ducks. Thats just one verse. Remember there are 12 verses. By the time the 12 days is up, your True Love would have bought 12 partridges and 12 pear trees. 22 turtle doves, 30 french hens, and 48 calling birds. Now we have a bigger problem. My True Love just gifted me a farm. I guess I can send each of the 40 Maids-a-Milking home with a couple pets, problem solved.

Then There is the High-Hand Way

image of inside of Mercantile store

High-Hand’s Holiday Schedule

12 days of lights, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Starting Thursday November 30th Join us for 12 nights of lights in the Nursery. Grab your favorite beverage in the cafe or brewery and stroll the nursery fully covered with holiday lights 5:00-9:00pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until December 23rd.

High-Hand Cafe is offering a limited dinner menu of wood-fired pizzas, calzones (for kids), and salad. Reservations for up to 8 guests can be made online here, limited walk-ins available. Seating is from 5:00pm-8:30pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Full lunch and brunch service also available during normal operating hours.

The shops in the historic High-Hand fruit packing sheds will be open until 8:00pm. Be sure to visit the High-Hand Mercantile, High-Hand Olive Oil Shop, and The High-Hand Art Gallery to restock on your favorites or to share with others.

High-Hand Brewery is open until 9:00pm offering delicious food, and great craft beer paired with live entertainment on The Stage. No reservations.

Giving Back

There is a HUGE difference between gifting and giving. Gifting is a box of chocolates, an object wrapped up, or money stuffed in an envelope. Giving is entirely different. Giving comes form the heart. Giving is compassion for everybody around us.

This year High-Hand is donating a portion of its December sales to a local organization called Compassion Planet. I have watched it grow over the last decade. Started by Scott and Jacquie Flanagan and with the help of Todd and Luann Johnson, Compassion Planet serves aged-out foster youth in a one year mentoring program. These mentoring programs help with life skills training, development skills, and workforce development skills. The stories and the journeys of these incredible youths hit home for me in so many ways.

We are hoping that you will join us for High-Hand 12 Days of Christmas starting November 30th.

Remember gifting and giving are two totally different things. One comes form the head the other comes form the heart.

Happy Holidays,

-Scott

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