This past week found Southern Accents salvaging a late 1800's house in Cullman County. The attic of this house was filled with fabric scraps and quilting pieces. There were boxes of books, letters, and receipts, family pictures and a few pieces of costume jewelry. Cluttered piles of knick-knacks and remnants of someone's life lay scattered about. Sorting through the boxes and peeking at some of the cards and letters within, we began to notice a recurring theme. The theme was one of giving thanks.
Most of the letters are dated in the 1930's, all handwritten on small pieces of yellowing, aged paper. None of the letters are lengthy, just notes from relatives and friends, some who live out of town. Most letters start something like this, "The first thing I want to do is to thank you for the nice pictures..." or "thank you for the beautiful Christmas card..." or "thank you for the cake you sent..." There is an acknowledgement of and thank you for an act of kindness in almost every letter. The letters then go on to talk about family, hard work and hard times.
One letter postmarked December 14, 1932 from Chicago, Illinois is addressed simply to "My dear cousin." This letter speaks of the depression, the cold, families out of work, and the awful suffering of the poor. Reading this letter quickly brought two things to mind, how incredibly blessed we are and how often we take so many things for granted and fail to utter those two simple words, "Thank You."
During this holiday season we would like to take this opportunity to stop and say a heart felt "THANK YOU." Thank you to family and friends throughout our wonderful community for your continued support. We would not want to live anywhere other than Cullman, Alabama. We also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to our loyal customers. We are passionate about what we do. It is through your continued support and patronage that we are allowed to continue our quest to salvage, restore, and repurpose architectural elements of historical significance. We would also like to say thank you to our incredible, hard working, talented Southern Accents team.
To each and every one of you... we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
We will be closed on Thursday, November 28th. We will open on Friday, November 29th from 9am to 5pm. Our showroom will be closed from Saturday, November 30th through Monday, December 2nd.
November 27, 2013, Vol. 78
Christmas Open House
Join us on Friday, December 6, for Southern Accents annual Christmas Open House! Enjoy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or cold soft drink and light refreshments while you browse our selection of unique, one-of-a-kind gift items. Several of our artists will be available from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm for a meet and greet.
Make plans to extend your visit to Cullman well into the night and join us for the 1st Annual Celebrate Christmas Festival. This event, sponsored by the Cullman Downtown Merchants Association and Cullman City Parks Department, has something fun for the entire family! Festivities get under way at 3:00 pm as Santa and his sleigh arrive. Santa will be available for pictures from 3:00 - 6:30 pm and again after the official Christmas tree lighting.
Downtown Cullman will be turned into a winter wonderland as snow machines create a picturesque winter landscape at Depot Park. There will be lots of fun games and activities scattered throughout the downtown area. Weiss Cottage Park will feature live reindeer and the movie Polar Express complete with hot chocolate and popcorn. Enjoy live music as Coal Rain performs on the stage across the street from Berkeley Bob's Coffee House at 4:15 followed by a performance at 8:15 from Shelbie Z, one of the top 20 contestants from the current season of The Voice. The Christmas Parade will begin at 7:00 pm followed by the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony which will take place at 8:00 pm at Depot Park. A second stage at the Festhalle Market Platz will host the band Unknown Lyric beginning at 8:15. There will be plenty of food on hand and many downtown shops will remain open late to allow for plenty of late night Christmas shopping!
Visit the Cullman Downtown Merchants Association Facebook page for a complete schedule of events!
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