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Favorite Things: Christmas Expressions

Norman’s year-round celebration depot



Kathy Merkel Cox

 

Christmas Expressions, located in the “cute little red building with the white picket fence” at 2214 W Lindsey in Norman, has come a long way. Back in 1979, it opened as Donna Couch and Polly Hall’s storefront to showcase unique holiday gifts from local artisans and craftsmen, and success moved the business from seasonal to year-round. Fast forward to 2004, when current owner Kathy Merkel Cox returned to Norman and happened to reconnect with Couch. Cox was ready for something new, Couch was ready to retire and a chance meeting turned into a new era for the store.

While the name points to one particular holiday, all seasons and many annual celebrations are richly represented by gifts and collectibles – and that’s only the beginning. From easy-to-wear apparel, jewelry and accessories, bath and body products and home fragrance to stationery and printable invitations and a large room filled with sorority gifts, you can find something for every imaginable occasion.

As Cox cheerfully puts it, “At Christmas Expressions, we celebrate every holiday and every milestone in our customers’ lives. We have gifts for all gifting occasions and celebrate all the seasons of life – from births, getting that driver’s license or making a spirit squad to graduations, sorority membership, engagements and weddings, special birthdays, anniversaries and special life memorials. We celebrate them with you!”

 


 

Rifle Paper Co. set of two pocket notebooks, $11.50 “Made in the U.S., these notebooks are great for throwing in a handbag or in your car for jotting down notes.”; Hand-painted shower caddy, starting at $25 “Personalized and hand-painted by artists at Christmas Expressions, these caddies are great for the dorm rooms. They look so cute to load up with goodies for the grads.”; Goody Goody house shoes, $50 “Add a little whimsy to your feet. These slippers are so comfortable and fun to wear! Suede bottoms are adorned with silk and velvet accents and a padded insole.”; Ronaldo Designer Bracelets, $79-$220 “Each bracelet is handmade in the U.S. of sterling silver and 14K gold artisan wire. Each bracelet has a special name and meaning that helps you tell your life story. These look great stacked with multiple bracelets.”

 


 

Spongellé body wash-infused buffer, $17.50 “Oh my – these flowerettes are infused with yuza, edelweiss and vetiver to moisturize, soften and cleanse your skin. Cleanse, exfoliate, massage and nourish all at one time. Tons of great scents.”; Dot & Dash Design Morse code necklace, $44 “Say it in Morse code as the perfect way to connect with a friend, sister or woman to feel special. These adorable necklaces are fabulous, thoughtful gifts. Custom orders also available.”; Thymes Goldleaf gardenia hand wash, $16.50 each “This duo makes a wonderful little gift. It is a modern-yet-timeless, feminine and delicate fragrance.”; O-Venture Big O keyring and ID holder, $25 each in silicone (also available in leather and vegan leather) “Great for the girl on the go! Slip your ID and cards into the pockets; the keyring is easy to find and slip over your wrist.”

 


 

Jon Hart Design Tyler tote, $328; Chico bag, $36 “Handmade in San Antonio, this coated canvas bag with English leather trim is fabulous for travel. The rolled leather handles are long enough to carry on the shoulder or on the arm. The Chico bag is great to keep you organized. Use as a cosmetic bag, hold tech accessories or a mini first aid kit. All are made to order in your choice of color and personalization.”; Old World wedding set, $69.99 “A customer favorite! This satin boxed set of six glass ornaments comes with a certificate for the bride and groom. We can personalize the ornaments with the couple’s name and wedding date.”; OKC skyline pillow, $165 “Available in day or night scene – I love this embroidered pillow with all the detail of the OKC downtown skyline.”

 

 

 

 

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