An Unlikely Holiday Tradition … and a last-minute gift idea

It may look like the most unlikely place ever for a holiday tradition, but it’s a great one!


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If you ever find yourself in the little town of Mineral Wells, Texas in November or December, you really should drop by The Box Factory.


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At first glance—and second—it’s really unimpressive.


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But don’t give up. During the holidays there’s a treasure trove of goodies right under your nose.


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Christmas wrapping papers by the sheet

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Ribbons—and seasonal serving containers

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Tins and beaded garlands and figurines.

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Boxes of all sizes

It was boxes that Sister asked Mom and me to pick up for her. She was working on a project—and lives more than two hours away from The Box Factory. But she was in luck. Mom and Dad live in Mineral Wells, and I was home for a visit… and then going to see Sister. Perfect timing! I was her courier.


Isn’t this a great “little something special” gift idea?


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Enlarge pic to see the recipes!


Do you have any unlikely holiday traditions? Do tell!


Enjoy these last few days before Christmas, okay?




  1. Did not know this and we go through there all the time on trips from Lubbock to Dallas and back again! Thanks so much for sharing this treat. I’ll be putting it on my must go places for next year! Thanks… Merry Christmas!
    xo marlis