In this photo we see how pervasive Christmas can be at this time of year, getting into everything (even if you are not Christian). At Mother's house the decorations are here and there, with special places they have been for years. Voila, here are several in the glass and silver cabinet in the dining room. The bell was painted by the Romanian aunt, Tante Cornelia, another artist in the family. (Everyone should have a Romanian aunt - it is tres tres festive.)
And so this posting is particuler for those who are not celebrating Christmas. Even those of us who do make Noel can sometimes wish it were already January... This month is overwhelming. Then we would wish, perhaps, like this Nicholas figure, to escape to a quiet cabinet in a quiet room. We beg your patience and wish you as much love and happiness as December can hold.