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.