El Paso: Star of Wonder, Star of Night by Nan Napier

Thank you card

Thank you card

As Oprah said in the December issue of her magazine, “It’s the time of year when we show the people we love best what they truly mean to us, when we open our hearts and spread a little love around.”

Some people will still be shopping right up to closing time on Christmas Eve, but if you’re finished and want to go further to spread the love, I have an idea for you!

One of my favorite things to do is to put a meaningful note under the Christmas tree for each person who’s coming over to celebrate. After all, the holiday season is one of the very few times when the world becomes still and heartfelt expressions can be heard. Some notes are mushy, some are funny, but all reflect my gratitude for the individuals in my life.

What would I write if I wrote a holiday note to the whole El Paso community? I can think of several things I’d say. In that note, I would write I am especially grateful to the El Paso community for:

• Letting us adorn you! Thank you for allowing Tres Mariposas to be part of your fashion lives. You let us partner with you to make you gorgeous and you let us share the latest fashion forecasts and trends. You allow us to be a part of the most significant events of your lives – weddings, galas, baby showers, all kinds of special events that you dress for.

• Shopping local. Women living in our border region are on the go and have many shopping choices including online and out of town. Thank you for supporting your local businesses. It really does make a difference.

• Keeping El Paso employed. With your commitment to shopping local, we have been able to sustain this local business for more than four decades. I have led it for 34 years, but it was open eight years before that – a total of 42 years! That’s countless casual and special occasion outfits, business wear and sportswear ensembles, accessories and shoes enjoyed by women of all ages. That’s innumerable gift-wrapped Tres Mariposas packages placed under Christmas trees. And that’s many employees and their families over the years who have been fed, housed, educated and supported through your shopping.

• Making El Paso unique. Thank you to all for helping to make us such a rich, interesting and decidedly different community. El Paso has so many things that make us different in a positive way – our multi-cultural history, our lively future, our special geography and climate – and we all benefit when we celebrate our distinctiveness in our dealings with the world out there.

So, if I were to write a personal note to the people of this extended community, I would be sure to include these four messages of gratitude and recognition. This would be my mushy love note to the region!

Have an amazing holiday week. Wear only attire that makes you feel your loveable best. If that fails, drink more eggnog and Champagne!


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