We're happily enjoying the beautiful white Christmas setting around our little house backed up against the forest preserve, even though we're still waiting for the ordered heater-repair part. And we are most gratefully reminded how easy it is to share a neighborhood. And how far the handmade touch can go.
However, with the freezer unexpectedly emptied of pumpkin bread, I've been baking in a flurry today. Youngest son comes home tonight, staying until he flies off to a classmate's wedding in Puerto Rico. We know he loves us, but he comes mainly for the food he associates with Christmas at home. And he eats a lot.
But he's arriving a bit late, so we're eating out tonight. Some place where the heating works. I'm contemplating my festive dinner attire, including a black wool turtleneck with lots of metallic threads and a lushly hand-beaded velvet Mary Frances bag that I found in Omaha. For jewelry, I may add my silver and amethyst bracelet found in Greece over 40 years ago, or my silver Bedouin bracelets from the tribes we visited. With one of my silver Armenian chains, and maybe the silver Finnish pendant from my husband's family. It's important to do what one can to add to the shimmer of the holidays, don't you think?
Wishing you a blessed holiday shimmering with joy!