Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve in the City

An ideal Christmas for me would be to spend Christmas Eve in the city and wake up Christmas Day in the country.  So every year, we attend a holiday gathering that gives us our city fix.

Other plans precluded attending Evensong at Saint Thomas Church, but we were at least able to hear the organist rehearsing.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Stockings by Christmas Cove Designs

Christmas decorations present a unique challenge in attempting to avoid the Victorian aesthetic: heavy, dark and tending to have significant quantities of draping fabric.

The one stand-out is stockings from Christmas Cove Designs of Richmond, Maine. Handmade of Virgin Wool (straight from the sheep), these stockings feature images of sailboats, loons, pine trees, lighthouses and chickadees. Substantial and beautifully made, they even come in miniatures to hang on the tree.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Locally Made Wreaths

 The driveway at the farm.

I am a minimalist when it comes to Christmas decorations.  I am a fan of neither the Victorian aesthetic nor the mall aesthetic.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gant, You're No J. Press

The new Gant store opened in New Haven a few weeks ago, and I was eager to see it for myself.  There had been a lot of press about the return of Gant to New Haven.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Quasi-Heartbreak of Giving Great Gifts

Leather Man Key rings ready to be wrapped

There is that familiar moment that occurs in early December.  The presents that you have ordered  arrive, ready to be wrapped.  And for that day, you can see them all together, and they look fabulous.

One is struck for just a moment with that thought, "What if I just kept them all?  I could hoard them in my middle drawer. No one would know. And every day I could look at them."

The moment then passes.  And it is back to wrapping,  looking up addresses and writing cards.