now that thanksgiving has passed and we may “officially” celebrate christmas (just ask my sister, who enforces this rule with an iron yet jolly fist), I am trying to get in the spirit before the season passes me by.
always on my holiday to-do list? viewing of some sort of large christmas tree (at, say, rockefeller center), “the nutcracker” (which I LOVE more than an adult should—the “dance of arabian coffee” is my favorite, and I strongly wish they would do a “no children in the audience” performance, choosing to forget, of course, that this ballet is pretty much FOR children… but I digress…), baking goodies, holiday cocktails and drinks such as grown up hot cider and mulled wine, viewing of various christmas films etc.
this year I am adding a very silly “imaginary chirstmas” list to the mix… just for fun, mind you.
* a fancy wool blanket that will last forever
* linen sheets would also make a charming gift (for those of us who care deeply about bedding, at least)
* beaucoup beeswax candles to make your house smell like honey and detoxify the air
* non-essential kitchen prettification items, such as a milk glass cake stand and jadeite pitcher
(as well as the kitchen storage space—built-in open shelving painted white, please—needed to store such objects)
* a plane ticket to Iceland (home of glaciers, volcanoes, gnomes and people who believe in them, magic, an openly gay world leader, happy people, the northern lights, bjork, unspoiled nature, and general magic and fabulousness)
* some fantastic fancy kitchen suppliesle creuset 5.5 quart french over, be still my heart!
fancy pants penguin seltzer maker
(kitchen non-fancies are always nice gifts, too, I think: zesters, knives, good spatulas, carved wooden spoons, thermometers, etc.)
* gray diamond bling (for my pointer finger, of course)
* seven deadly sins plates
* a badass record player and a complete set of nina simone’s albums on vinyl
* a trip to beekeeping camp, flower-arranging classes, books about opera and calligraphy, french conversation classes, garment sewing classes… you know, so I can do that whole pioneer/renaissance woman thing
* collection of vintage handkerchiefs (it is so hard to find new ones of acceptable fabric quality and femininity) and a vintage ladies pocket knife
that’s all I got for now, imaginary santa!