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It’s a Grey, Grey Christmas…

Posted on | December 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

First of all, apologies for the delayed Persephone Secret Santa reveal and thank you to my co-host Verity for holding down the fort and providing a full list of this year’s recipients.  I have had a crazy week month year and have been feeling a little under-the-weather.  However, it is often in times of manic working when the perfect reminder comes along of how special Christmas is to me and injects me with some long-overdue festiveness.

Two Sundays ago (yes, Royal Mail actually deliver parcels on a Sunday in the lead-up to Christmas) I received the above parcel from my lovely Persephone Secret Santa and the abundance of beautifully-presented gifts had me squealing like a small child on Christmas morning; they were almost too lovely to open and it was all I could do to put off off that pleasure to take photographs.  Helen, whom I know from the Virago Modern Classics group on LibraryThing and her participation in Persephone blogging events, thoroughly spoiled me.  In my packages were Persephone book #14, Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller; a green Virago Modern Classic also by Betty Miller, On the Side of Angels; a Gisela Graham Christmas tree decoration; a tin of Amattler amattlons; a notebook and a bar of Jasmine-scented soap plus the wooden gift-tag above that is also hanging on my tree.  A huge thank you to Helen for being so very generous and for introducing me to the wonder of amattlons (cocoa-dusted almonds from Catalonia), of which I now want to own a vat.  Helen was incredibly thoughtful and chose a Persephone book for me that I have desperate to read and including a Virago by the same writer was a wonderful surprise.  Moreover, Helen managed to happen across a Gisela Graham glass tree decoration that I have been coveting; I had bought one of the three Victorian-inspired ornaments in Liberty on my first visit to the Christmas shop this winter and had intended to buy the other two.  Regrettably I can’t find them online to show you (and can only post one photograph in my posts) but trust me when I tell you that they are divine and are hanging in pride of place on my Christmas tree.

Rather dull in comparison is my own Persephone gift received by my Santa this year, Emily of Seriously Reading, who serendipitously played Santa to my co-host Verity.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Persephone Secret Santa, who exhibited such generosity and creativity of spirit and here is to curling up with a Persephone book these holidays.


7 Responses to “It’s a Grey, Grey Christmas…”

  1. Bellezza
    December 18th, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    So delightful to read of your gifts; I’ve seen such clever giving this year! A heartfelt thank you to you and Verity for organizing this event. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas blogging and books.

    I hope that your new year is much more peaceful. ‘bye-bye stress, hello joy!

  2. Helen
    December 18th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the presents! I loved shopping for you!

    My present was fabulous as well, but I don’t know who to thank! The card was quite mysterious. How can I find out?

  3. Jodie
    December 19th, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Oh what a nice present and so kind that she included a bunch of extras.

  4. Col (Col Reads)
    December 19th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    What a lovely set of gifts. Have a Merry Christmas, and thanks so much for hosting again!

  5. Darlene
    December 21st, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Such a bounty of lovely surprises! I can just imagine your squeal of delight, Claire. Enjoy everything the season has to offer and some well-earned rest.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. stujallen
    December 21st, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    have a good christmas claire ,all the best stu

  7. Danielle
    December 22nd, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    What lovely and thoughtful gifts! Thanks for organizing this–it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read the Persephone I received!

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