Nestled on the Caledon King Townline, tucked away behind an attractive stone and wrought iron fence, lies a shop that is bursting with the spirit of Christmas giving.
It was in 2003 that Sisters of the Kosmas Aitolos Greek Orthodox Monastery had a vision of creating a special shop. A shop that would radiate the joy of the season. A shop that would allow them an opportunity to put their talents to work producing unique gifts, and generating funds for initiatives that give back to their community.
The nuns’ idea was realized in The Sisters Touch of Christmas.
Passing through the gates and proceeding down the driveway you’re greeted by the warmth of a lovely Nativity scene and decorative displays that include reindeer and sleigh, and a group of carollers by lamplight.
Step over the threshold and into the Christmas store and you’ll find yourself totally immersed the beauty and colours of the Christmas season. Handcrafted items, baked goods and truly exclusive gift ideas fill the bright and cheery spaces inside.
You’ll find delicately hand-painted tree ornaments, lights, home décor, beautiful table ware, angels (yes, I did have to buy one for my collection), Christmas cards and socks, handmade soaps, candles, and more.
Want to appease those hungry visiting tummies? Then how about cookies like Gingerbread, Chocolate Mint, Red Velvet Praline, or (best cookie name ever) Holly Jolly. Perhaps Rum Balls or Fruit Cake or Linzer Tarts grab your interest? All are packaged and ready to give, or enjoy at home.
Other unique gift ideas include the Sisters beautifully-jarred Artisan Teas and Tisanes with flavours like Fall Harvest, Winter Latte, Jasmine Rose, Northern Maple and Ceylon Peach. These beg to be enjoyed, curled up with a book by a crackling fire.
There are also bottles of apple cider and seasoned olive oils, and pretty jars of honey. For the sweet tooth there are carefully packed bags of caramel candies and sours.
The Christmas store is seasonal, opening annually in late October. Stock is replenished weekly while the shop is closed from Monday to Wednesday. So it is still brimming with fantastic and thoughtful gifts you would be proud to bestow.
You can visit The Sisters Touch of Christmas from Thursday to Sunday at 14155 Caledon King Townline South, Bolton, right up until December 24th. Check hours of operation on their website