We are entering the season of Christmas. It’s a big deal, in the USA. Although I did not grow up in a observant religion per se, I’ve always loved this holiday. For my family with resources, it meant private abundance and public quiet. Presents and twinkling and tablecloths; no cars on the street, few airplanes above. Everyone home.
This year, of course, everyone’s not home. But we’re celebrating. I put up a tree. Bought it Saturday and stood it in water but didn’t finish decorating until Thursday. Good enough.
The angel belonged to my grandmother, via her Austro-Hungarian second husband if I’m not mistaken. The wings are a little crumpled. Seemed fitting. And I’ve ordered a few more trees to go with these glass Pop Art sillies from Target.
As far as actual presents, my siblings and I decided not to draw names as we have in years past. But I sent them all something anyway, because, pandemic. I thought about wine from What To Drink’s new bottle shop, as I very much enjoy their Wine Club, and consumable goods, local, small business are all to the good, but in the end I chose Cowgirl Creamery. Also consumable, local-ish, small. They make deeeeeee-licious cheeses.
I gave my daughter some boots. But also, light. I’ve ordered my favorite candles (Durham, Salvador, Addis Abbaba and Kingston) from Bright Black for her. They may or may not arrive by the 25th but, pandemic. Black-owned small business.
Finally, my son wanted a ginormous countertop water filter, so I obliged. But, also, light. I called a local nursery and asked if they delivered Christmas trees. I explained if he wasn’t there they could just leave it on the doorstep. Apparently they went with Doorstep Is Plan A because he opened to find a cute little friend, the delivery elves long gone.
The lights arrive tomorrow.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, if you want one, a Happy Hanukkah if you are celebrating, and a non-bleak winter to all. I am going to take a few weeks off, probably until the New Year. Please accept my cheerful, hopeful, grateful best wishes to you, your families and everyone you love. It goes without saying, at least we have each other.