Holiday spirit

In Jennifer Paganelli’s showroom of Sis Boom merchandise is a pillow proclaiming Happy Land, and that is what Ms. Paganelli’s farmhouse is this time of year. To celebrate the upcoming season, she will open the doors to her annual holiday sale Nov. 7-9, from 10 to 6, offering a huge collection of vintage-inspired ornaments, stuffed animals, stockings, wreaths, pillows, banners, and clothing, most of which is locally made. There are also baby gifts and specialty items such as cones designed for holding a small gift on a Christmas tree limb, fashioned after the traditional German schultuete, which was a cone of gifts children got on the first day of school. A special guest at the open house will be Pennsylvania folk artist Barbara Strawser. Shoppers can also enjoy fresh coffee, sweet cookies and holiday music. This year Sis Boom will accept donations on behalf of the Lyme Research Alliance. Each donation receives a raffle ticket, eligible to win $200 in Sis Boom Bucks. The open house is at 40 East Meadow Road. Information: sisboom.com or 203-761-0442.