Today is the 12th day of Christmas. According to the carol, it was quite a splendid day filled with drummers, pipers, lords, ladies, maids, swans, geese, golden rings, calling birds, french hens and a partridge in a pear tree*. I do hope Harry and Meghan’s wedding encapsulates all of these elements! For such a lavish final day of gift ideas, I wanted a lavish list. I will not be receiving any of these items as my big gift is a new cistern – because we are glamourous like that – but I can enjoy them from afar.
A pair of Theodora Cuffs by Verdura is about as glam as it gets. They are limited edition so if you want to buy someone a set, you’d better get on the phone pronto.
Candice Bergen (yes, that Candice Bergen) will customize your designer tote for a fee that she donates to charity. I am obsessed with her dog paintings on Goyard totes. I’m pretty sure I need Teddy’s face on my bag!
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I’ve loved the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches since forever. They are crazy spendy, but are two watches in one (you can see them flip in the little video in the link.) Unfortunately, Santa does not think I’ve been that good this year…
I’m on a mailing list for Tarquin Bilgen. I have no idea why since I’ve never had that kind of money to spend on things, but it’s such a beautiful list that I love to get it nonetheless. Look at these French Empire Wall Lights from the 1820s. I love lions and gold! If you have £3,950 jingling around in your pocket, they could be yours.
As some readers know, I’m obsessed with the idea of an old farmhouse as a place to stash all of the kids during the holidays once we move into a smaller century home in town. I’m kind of digging this 1750s farmhouse, which scratches the itch for an old place, a place with some land, a barn, and a cute village within stumbling distance. The dining room, pictured above, is everything. Plus, Dutchess County sounds like a place I could hang my hat… One can dream!
Finally is a gift one could give – especially if you are a hockey team or a school or an office. You can help to fill a stable in the developing world to help an entire community. Pretty jewels and watches are lovely, but a meaningful gift that helps someone is the loveliest gift of all.
I’ve had so much fun pulling together these gift lists as I prepared for my surgery. I’m dipping in and out of social media now, but have to limit my time online until I get the green light from my surgeon. Going forward, I’ll focus on some fun Christmas activities to enjoy as we count down to December 25!
If you missed the See Hear Love show on Peace yesterday, you can catch it on YouTube. We discuss connecting with God’s peace during this crazy holiday season and I wear a side angle of gold pants on national TV and look slightly like a wrapped ham! There is lots of encouraging content and it’s worth a view if you are a believer or are curious about faith…
* As it turns out, The Twelve Days of Christmas carol is not about filling one’s home with people and birds after all, but rather alludes to more spiritual gifts. According to the UK Christmas Carol site, this is what the song really means:
1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed
That makes a lot more sense. I thought all of those birds seemed a bit much!