Favorite Things: Christmas Expressions
Norman’s year-round celebration depot
Photos by Don Risi
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!”