When I returned home from work yesterday, I found a large box had been delivered to my door, and this was inside.....
This little tree was made by Carmen Bury, the lovely woman I met at the Manhattan Vintage Show in New York in October. Ms. Bury also made the spectacular coat I was thrilled to wear for a few minutes at the show. Apparently Ms. Bury received some commissions after the Vintage Show, and she wanted to thank me for my part in showing off the coat to a larger audience. I was touched by her generous gesture, and delighted to be the recipient of a piece of her art. I am always surprised by the warmth and openness of many of the people I have met on my visits to New York City. People who say they find New Yorkers unfriendly are obviously not meeting the same people I do.
This gift got me thinking about what "The Christmas Spirit" means. I'm glad many people see Christmas as a time to share their good fortune with others in need, but I wish the giving spirit could be spread out over the entire year. Even if you are not able to give time or money, never underestimate the effect that a kind word or gesture (like a handmade gift) can have on someone's day. Perhaps they have reached the end of their proverbial rope, and your kindness adds another knot for them to hang onto.
I wish all my readers a peaceful and happy holiday season. May you be lucky enough to share good food and good conversation with people whose company brings us joy, and not stress.