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Christmas Memories with the Goods

Christmas in Iowa. Christmas in the United States of America. Christmas around the world.  There are many unique traditions and recipes. But what do we have in common? Memories. Good memories.

Childhood Memories

One of my cherished childhood memories began with disappointment.  An anticipated out-of-state visit to my Dad’s family was canceled on Christmas Eve due to a sudden heavy snowstorm.  We woke up Christmas morning with no presents (we’d opened them earlier in preparation for the trip), no Christmas dinner, and no plans.  So, my Dad took all six of us children traipsing through the snowy countryside.  It was a wonderland of glitter, snow, and ice.  Back home, we tumbled in the door; cold, laughing, and ravenous. Somehow, in the few hours we were gone, my mom had the dining room table decorated with Christmas cheer and piled with aromatic food.  I was speechless.  The magic of Christmas.

Now, twenty years later, I am privileged to see the wonder of Christmas in my children’s eyes.  This week I asked them for their favorite Christmas events.  Here they are: “opening presents”,  “going to Grandma’s”,  “watching everyone else open presents - especially the ones I gave them”, "reading the Christmas story together in front of the fire", “making Christmas cookies”,  “school break”, “decorating for Christmas”.

Here are two activities, leading up to the holidays, that our family loves to do - baking and games.

Sugar Cookies Recipe


I often take a whole day off just to make Christmas cookies and candy with my children. Here’s a favorite recipe: Cut-out Sugar Cookies

Need cookie cutters, baking tools, or baking ingredients?  Find them at Dutch Country General Store, in person, or online.

Good Children


Levi and I love to play games with our 5 children, ages 9,8,6,3, and 7 months. The older ones love chess, Dominoes, Suspend, Monopoly, Boggle, and puzzles.  The younger ones love Old Maid, Memory, simple puzzles, Uno, and Buildzi.

Don’t tell the kids, but on Christmas Day I want to introduce them to another classic, marbles.

Some of our family favorites from the store

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    Magnetic Chess

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    Tub of 50 Marbles

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My goal is to lavishly spread God’s hope this season. Merry Christmas! May an abundance of good memories be made and remembered.

-Erica Good

Erica Good Family Dining Expert
Erica Good Family Dining Expert

Best of Missouri Life

2021 Missouri Life Magazine’s Best of the Best

Dutch Country General Store - Hannibal, MO

During our time in Hannibal, Missouri, we have felt incredibly honored to have been invited to participate in Missouri Life Magazine’s Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards. For the second year in a row, thanks to our amazing customers, we are humbled to have been named ‘Best Country Store’. Additionally, this year we are even more humbled to learn that we are also being recognized as 2021 Missouri Life Magazine’s ‘Best of the Best’.

Best Places to Visit in the Show-me State

Earlier this year, Missouri Life Magazine, a top publication that specializes in all things Missouri, asked its readers to vote for their favorite places to visit throughout the state. Each year the publication presents a list of top businesses, ranging across a number of categories, and asks for readers to vote!

It is truly an honor to have been nominated and chosen as the best within our category, ‘Best Country Store’! To be listed among these other fantastic shops and attractions is something our staff definitely does not take for granted.  We are extremely grateful to know our customers voted the Hannibal Dutch Country General Store as one of the "best" experiences in the Show-me State.

The popular magazine also gives the title of “Best of the Best” to the business that receives the most votes across all categories. In 2021, we are elated to learn that we also have been awarded with this honor!

“We are deeply humbled by both of these awards. We know there are a ton of other choices out there for shoppers, and our team strives to consistently exceed customer expectations for the best possible experience!”

- Levi

Thank you to Missouri Life Magazine

At the conclusion of the competition, Missouri Life Magazine shared the results and a summary about each of the category winners. Thank you for your kind words, Missouri Life Magazinehttps://missourilife.com/discover-the-2021-best-of-missouri-life-awards/!

“The shop in downtown Hannibal opened in April of 2020 and is more than a general store. Sure, you can find candy by the barrels, imagination toys for kids, home goods, even freshly made sandwiches to order, coffee, or a free ice cream cone, but we also strive to build community and provide an experience that brings to mind simpler times. When you stop by, make sure and check out the new mural on the side of the building that pays homage to northeast Missouri’s agricultural heritage and the Honor Flight, both of which are near and dear to Levi Good, the owner.”


Come see us!

Thank you again to all of our amazing customers for choosing us to be 2021 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards ‘Best of the Best’. We are grateful for each and every one of you and humbled to be a small part of what this great state has to offer.

Be sure to stop in and say hello to our store manager, Kathy, along with our extraordinary team and grab yourself a free ice cream cone, some free popcorn, or a free coffee. Our Hannibal location is open 7 days a week. We hope to see ya real soon!

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