Moravian Book Shop: Everything You'd Want From Christmas City

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Specialty: Moravian stars, artisan ornaments, books, and home decor (there's even a deli and a candy counter!) Price Range: ($) Budget ($$) Mid-Range

The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa., is hands-down my favorite store to visit around Christmastime. Opened in another, nearby spot in 1745—yes, before the signing of the Declaration of Independence—this historic business has old-fashioned charm in spades.

In addition to selling books, the shop has a vast assortment of handmade glass Christmas ornaments and decorations—including my favorite, the Weihnachtsgurke. Most notable is the selection of Moravian stars, which you can buy in various sizes and materials. These too are handmade, and my favorites are the small origami ones made by locals and which make great, simple ornaments.

For more about the Moravian Book Shop, visit their store page over at Marketplace.

Images: 1. Kathleen Connally 2. Soon Remembered Tales 3. Bending Birches 4. The Moravian Book Shop 5. Cindie Hill for the Moravian Book Shop

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