This morning, while I was still stumbling about in a pre-coffee stupor and a dressing gown, a large and unexpected box appeared at my front door. I signed, and then immediately recognized my mom’s handwriting. Surprise package from home!
Inside, beneath a layer of what I at first took to be some weird new packing treatment, I found a canvas painted the same shade of green as my beautiful bedroom back home. My first thought was “Why not use a smaller box to send the canvas and forget the packing material?” I requested a green canvas a few months ago, so I could have a small piece of my old room here in my house. The entire bedroom is airy with pretty white fabrics and dark wooden accents, with the green as a backdrop. It’s a very pretty and peaceful room. I’m so happy to have this shade of green in my life again, this color invokes memories of everything good in my life when I was a teenager.
Then I turned my attention to the sweet pink bags, each tightly tied shut. The note didn’t give away much, and mom hadn’t mentioned anything about this box last time we Skyped. When I carefully opened one bag, I found a sparkly bright pink fish Christmas tree ornament! I realized the other bags must conceal a small stash of bizarre and beautiful ornaments. Let me tell you, I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas for a variety of reasons, but the topper was moving the the Land Of Summer Christmases.
I know, I know, Australians, I know this is a great festive time of barbeques and tiny dresses and seafood and wintry decorations completely devoid of irony but this time of year really gets me down. I miss our house back home, I miss conifers and chilly weather, roasted dinners that make a house cozy and fragrant, I miss helping wrap presents for the army of children my mom shops for every year and rushing around in the cold to go to Christmas Eve candlelit hymn service followed by covertly dropping off the aforementioned presents and cinnamon buns in the morning. I miss being able to knit simple and useful gifts like beanies and mitts.
I know plenty of people love their mid-summer Christmas, and I try to get out of your way as best I can. I don’t usually try being very festive, nothing about it feels right. Mom and I chat about this almost every year and at her urging I lamely tape up a few garlands or some boughs of bougainvillea. This year, it seems, she took up the challenge to decorate an authentically summery Christmas tree. I can just see her out shopping, keeping an eye out for colors and motifs for a summer celebration, perhaps obsessing over whether the sparkly pink fish will work with a bright orange jellyfish tree topper and how the light will play with the color and wondering what color lights I have. I can see her fingers patiently tying each little bag securely closed, and hunting around for the perfect box to ship it. I can see her standing in line at the post office. I see a lot of love.
Today while we decorated I told Lila about the trees we had in the house when I was a teenager- beautiful baubles and streamers for the “front room” tree, and blown glass fruit and vegetables and birds on the “family” tree. They’re gorgeous, and weird and wonderful, and now I have the beginnings of my own weird and wonderful Christmas tree and I have plenty of stories to weave around it.
I’m excited, actually happy it’s Christmas for the first time in years and already thinking of what else I could do to make the house a little extra festive… Just like that, Mom gave me back Christmas.
And then, once I’d dressed and had some coffee, two massive boxes full of these little beauties decided to make their appearance! Finally! I’m really pleased with the way they turned out, little errors notwithstanding. I can’t wait, CAN’T WAIT for you all to have your patterns! Lila helped me stuff envelopes (I don’t have as many as Snow White does) and I mailed some off today, the rest go in the morning. Once I ship your Tiramisu Dress pattern, I’ll be sure to send you a notification. Snow White is handling the Northern Hemisphere shipments and she will also let you know the second everything ships!
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What do you think? How would you decorate and celebrate for a summer Christmas, without referencing the winter season or “exotic” plants like conifers and holly? What’s your favorite Christmas activity? If you’re not the biggest fan of the season, what do you do to celebrate (if anything)?