Deerly beloved

On, Dasher. On, Dancer. On, Prancer and Vixen. On, Comet. On, Cupid. On, Donner and Blitzen.

Oh, to hell with it. All we really care about is "on, vixen." As in, this shirt would look great on, vixen (and yes, by vixen, we mean you).

Today is the official start of the holiday shopping season. So why not celebrate by treating yourself to one of Ferdinand's fabulous silkscreened T-shirts ($24). The shop, located just up Munjoy Hill from Angela Adams on Congress Street in Portland, specializes in clothing, accessories and letterpress cards, most of which are designed and created by owner Diane Toepfer.

This reindeer playing an accordion is especially festive (and we're guessing he's more fun at parties than Rudolph and friends). Of course, you could go all bah-humbug and opt for something a little less seasonal — like the iconic squirrel playing drums or the fantastical griffin — but we advise against all Scroogey tendencies during this, the most wonderful time of the year.

It's the holidays, love. Be a deer.

Ferdinand is located at 243 Congress St., Portland, ME. For information, call 207.761.2151 or visit Ferdinand online.


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