I was one of those children that started dreaming about Christmas after Halloween. I drew up my plans for that year’s Christmas decor and gift wrapping theme, started the shopping the day after Thanksgiving as a tradition —there were no Black Fridays back then—and started playing Christmas music endlessly. I began with the “jolly” songs and as we approached the 25th, the beautiful hymns.
After that I begain bargaining with my parents when I could put up the tree. Then of course came the anniual cookie decorating. The list of the traditions was endless and made the season magical. For over 60 years I have continued those rituals. But now I struggle to find that magic. I suppose book tours, the constant noise that is the internet, the media , world news, and perhaps age have numbed me to the magic of Christmas. I am behind, a bit sad and frenzied. I hope that has not happened to you.
I searched for photos of passed Christmases that inspired me. I have resolved to recyle and reuse what I have -no new ideas for this season. So while I am not assuming the rest of the world is as late as I am, here are a few pictures that might serve as an aid to those of you who are feeling the pressure.
Ideas of Christmas past in NYC, Weatherstone, Aspen and Charleston
Christmas in NYC
Christmas in Weatherstone
Christmas in Charleston
Christmas in Aspen
Carolyne’s Santa List for Last-Minute Shopping
I also know how tough it can be to find gifts during the holiday rush and at the 11th hour.
I am so lucky to have so many talented friends. Here are a few new ideas from some of my designing and writing friends. I have written descriptions of everything you will see below to give a bit of history but if I type all I have written it will take me another 3 hours and I will never get this post off and the number of typos and mistakes will drive everyone crazy. Just know these are old friends and some new ones all very talented. I know their work and thus their product. BTW they have not solicited me for this in fact they do not know I have put them on this list yet. I just believe in them and what they create. If you want information send me a comment. There many other friends who create but their work is custom and requiers time to make so one day I shall do a post about them!
Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge
French Country Cottage
Carolyne Roehm: Design & Style: A Constant Thread
Cece Cord & Travels with Tiger
The Barfield Collection
Maya DuBrul Jewelry
Cattle Baron Necklace
Available on Instagram @cattlebaronincashmere
Happy Holidays! i hope this might help some last minute decorating and shopping