Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Rocks, part 4: Rock on

Most of the Christmas stores I find are in touristy locations amidst the usual mix of pottery, knitting and fudge shops that make up places like that. That’s not the case with Christmas Rocks in Houston. You really have to know where you’re going to find it on a side street in a residential part of town where some of the houses have been turned into professional offices. After years in practice, two lawyers opened Christmas Rocks as a way to make good use of some extra office space. The law offices moved upstairs and Christmas Rocks moved in downstairs. The inventory is large and varied and it’s fun to browse from one room to the next. I found penguins all over the place and came away with a big haul. I worried a little about how I was going to get the ornaments home safely on my flight back. But as one owner tallied up the ornaments, the other carefully wrapped and boxed each one and fit them snugly in a cardboard box that turned out to be just the right size for the overhead compartment on the plane. I was able to carry the ornaments on board in a shopping bag and all of them made it to the end of the journey intact.

Frosted trio with big orange beaks and feet, and colorful hats and scarves
Acquired: September 27, 2008, Christmas Rocks, Houston
Number: 0502 0503 0504
Size: 4.25 inches tall
Price: $17.50 each

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