"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dear Santa

This arrangement, featuring Santa, sits on the piano in our  foyer.
 Well if you haven't already written your letter to Santa it is certainly time to do so now.
Don't you think this is a particularly festive bear?
He dances on a tapestry in the Louvre.
How do you organize your Santa list?  Take care of it yourself?  Leave it to a significant other?
I don't have a list for Santa this year as I've received a special gift already (the handbag).  Typically I would compile a wish-list at Brora and forward it on.  That worked like magic!

We all have our own preferences as far as gifts go.  For me it's warm sweaters and other treats to wear at Christmas.  Some women prefer jewelry.
A detail from Josephine Bonaparte's jewelry box at the Louvre.
What is on your list for Santa this year?
Have an excellent day,
xoDani

32 comments:

  1. That bear is a party animal!
    Are you all decorated already? Trees don't go up for a few more weeks here, I can't wait.

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    1. Tabs I wish I could put my tree up but I have to wait or it will dry out.
      I've got more decorations going up every day, I'm really enjoying decorating this year which is not always the case.

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  2. Oh, I don't have much worthy bling, but I'd like that jewelry box for precious bits, bobs and momentos. Major on this year's wish list isn't something someone else can give me but I am still hoping. My Dad "retired" from non-grocery/ hardware shopping after a certain milestone birthday so now I pick out something for myself that he firmly insists is frivolous, pretty. The DH gets hint links and does pretty well. And family does a fun adults pick-a-name exchange. Since we are scattered recipient photos are often hysterical. These days my favourite part is picking kid gifts for a "Secret Santa" in need family.

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    1. GF that jewelry box is quite something, it's huge with secret compartments etc. A must-see at the Louvre.

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  3. Morning Dani, your Christmas arrangement in the foyer looks very welcoming. I don't have any clear ideas for my Santa list this year, apart from the usual books. But I definitely have to tell my husband what I want - he doesn't trust himself to just get me something as I am so very picky!

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    1. Patricia I am also very picky and luckily MrBP listens to me even when I say "don't get me anything"!

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  4. I really like your Santa, he's not fakely fat and jolly! My Mr. blithely ignores my hints and requests and simply goes about buying me presents that he thinks I'd like. Every Christmas, he buys me around 40 and unbelievably always gets me really great gifts. Some are really tiny little presents like chocolate or cute mittens mixed in with jewellery and other lovely things. I am the kind of fool who is delighted with a bag of Chocolate Buttons but he does spoil me. A lot. He does this throughout the year. I am definitely his Ticket to Heaven. I'll be headed the other direction, no doubt!

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    1. Sulky I'm not surprised that you are the light of his life and he spoils you, judging how loved you are out here I am sure you are even more charming in person. But really he must spend lots of time doing that, how fun!

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  5. what great decorations! my boys are still working on their letters to santa, and i'm nagging endlessly so we can get this done! :) xox P

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    1. phiphi I get my youngest to write a list on the day of the parade. Of course she doesn't necessarily get what is on the list!

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  6. I have very little on my Santa list this year...
    we've been so busy with our renovation that I think we may be very frugal with each other.
    I've already been shopping for our adorable grand daughter! Can't wait to see what she's like this Christmas with all the bright lights and shiny baubles and the presents.
    Your Santa looks vintage and I adore your arrangement that sits on top of the piano.

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    1. Hostess we are having the same kind of Christmas this year, we've had lovely trips this year and now are renovating so gifts seem ridiculous.
      How much fun to shop for your grand-daughter! You will have so much fun!

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  7. Your Santa is beautiful. Birthday and Anniversary, David surprises me generally, but for the Christmas holidays, I sort of pick something, as we have so many others to think about. I've wanted that Louis Vuitton cashmere/silk leopard scarf forever. Is it past it's prime? Am I crazy? Your handbag is a great gift!

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    1. Kathy I think the LV scarf is a great pick and it will always always be in style!
      I like a surprise on a birthday or anniversary as well but Christmas it's all just too much!

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  8. Hi Dani!

    I am almost done my list. I definitely give a list. It has saved my marriage. It is not a huge list, nor expensive! I will definitely post on this, but I also hope for a couple of surprises! We also do stockings! For me, I MUST have books. a whole stack of 'em!

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    1. WMM laughing about the list saving your marriage! I always give books at Christmas too, our only non-reader in the family is Old Rascal though he will sometimes look at a science book.

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  10. What I love about Christmas most of all is that everything just seems pretty and happy. Pollyanna as it may be, for me, it's a better way to go about life. Unfortunately, I buy everything I could possibly need for myself, and I really don't want my husband to buy me anything expensive, which he usually does. I always do, however, love, any quirky gift that somehow applies to our lives... which of course is very hard to ask for. So I hope he gets me just a mushy card, which he also usually does.

    Oh, my children and I found a Finnish film, Christmas Story, last year:

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Story-Katherine-Borowitz/dp/B002ECJZ76/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1353690514&sr=8-6&keywords=christmas+story

    (Not to be confused with "A Christmas Story".) We love it and high recommend.

    Hope you had a wonderful TG, even in Canada, and are getting a great start to the holidays!

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    1. audreys, Thanks for the movie tip I'm going to source that!
      We had a fun TG night thanks! I hope you did too.

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  11. I enjoy seeing your holiday decor, Santa is lovely. I don't have anything on my wish list this year and my husband is looking for ideas. I am finished my Christmas shopping but won't start decorating until next weekend as it feels a bit too early yet. We have Chanukah celebrations starting December 7 and I've got baking and prep to do for that soon as well. Busy times ahead!

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    1. Hi xoxo, I would normally have a party for Chanukah for friends but not this year as renovations go back into full swing on Monday. I am having a few people around tonight so I have to get cracking and start baking!

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  12. My list is usually several books I would like to read. I especially enjoy biographies-and mostly biographies of women writers, artists, social notables (if they have some substance) etc.

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    1. Susan I also really enjoy biographies, so does MrBP. I picked up the new one on Joseph Kennedy for him for Christmas: The Patriarch.

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  13. Hi Dani-I am seeing your bag featured in all of the magazines. You are a trend setter!!! The DVF dress is on top of my list, though I'm going to order as soon as it hits the web site to make sure it is perfect. As long as it works I'll tell DH that he's bought my gift. I always give him a list of likes so he can choose what he thinks is best. Other than the dress I don't really think I'll ask for anything other than some new PJs and maybe a bauble from J Crew. I've asked my mom for a contribution for a Le Creuset oval roaster. The kids are building their lists and getting one from DH is like pulling teeth.

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    1. Julie-The oval roaster looks like it would be great-what color are you pining after? A contribution fund is necessary for Le Creuset, but I can say I don't regret any of the money I've spent on it so far.

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    2. Julie I agree with David so worth it! We have a large oval roaster from Le Creuset, it was a wedding gift. Ours is orange, I also have lots of the blue.
      I can't wait for you to buy that DVF dress, I think it will be perfect on you!

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  14. Hi Dani-Another lovely(QUIET)day here, our out of town guests are busy visiting others. Your decorations are very nice, almost from a generation or so ago? We won't get our indoor decorations up until we are halfway to Christmas, but the outdoor lights usually go up the first weekend in December. As for Christmas lists, I received vital information yesterday, waiting until everyone was delirious from too much food and drink and they could not evade my crafty questions. DH just got a great deal on a carbon frame bike, so he says no more gifts for him,(Mrs Santa is not fooled by these protestations.) I think I've got a pretty good start on my list for all the kids. The only gifts we will go out and buy this weekend are for the Santa's Workshop they are sponsoring at our church,-that is really fun.

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    1. Hi David, Of course you are organized as usual! Good job on the crafty questions! Those decorations are all fairly new, I like that Santa so much I have one in Gold as well for my mantel, I'll have to share that one this week sometime.

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  15. Hi Dani, that bear is very festive indeed! This year, I insisted on Christmas lists as my husband was about to do what his parents do, which is buy sensible but boring items (like socks and undershirts) for themselves and wrap them up with a tag saying it is from the other person, so they already know what they are getting beforehand. What's Christmas morning without some surprises under the tree? Anyway, definitely looking forward to the beginning of December, which is when the Christmas decorations go up in our house.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Louise hmm that does sound boring. That festive bear drew me in from across the room at the Louvre!

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  16. We've exchanged wishlists around here for years. It saves disappointment and wasting money. I try to make a few things, too. They are surprises and I find it satisfying. Simple stuff like tote bags or covered hangers. My Thanksgiving party is tonight (it not being a holiday in the UK). Only after that is done and cleaned up can I even think about Christmas.

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    1. Hi Shelley, nothing worse than getting something you don't want on Christmas morning, I agree that's a waste of money that could certainly go somewhere else! I'm making a few things this year as well and I'm really enjoying it. I hope your party goes well!

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