I recall a story my mother told about her childhood in Nova Scotia. In those days, there was very little money for ornaments and gifts, but the one thing her family did have every year was a tree- not just any tree, but a gigantic evergreen that reached the ceiling. Every Christmas Eve, my grandfather would head for the mountains to cut down a tree and cart it home. Anxiously awaiting his return, my grandmother would busy herself in the kitchen, baking apple pies and gingerbread cookies, while the children were stringing popcorn, cranberries, buttons and candy canes for the tree. They laughed, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed a generous dose of togetherness. Today, as you find yourself in the midst of the hustle and bustle, take a moment to reflect on a time when Christmas was much simpler.
I was fortune to write the feature story of my friend Gay Van Beek's elegant home. In this issue, we illustrate how you can embrace your traditions and introduce new, simple twists to make this Christmas extra special for your family and friends.
A vintage bottle brush -tree is accompanied by a collection of antique mecury-glass ornaments.
-As the enchantment of the season fills us with anticipation and excitement, let us remember the the true meaning of Christmas--not of the material things and presents, but that which brings true peace and tranquility to the heart and spirit...
I want to thank you for your kindness to me through this difficult time. I am truly grateful for the love, grace and support of my family and friends...
Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season my sweet blog friends! xoxo
Love to you, Jo-Anne