Archive for December 21st, 2011

DK1I love reading anything by Charles Dickens any time of year and am a big fan of his work.  Like so many, I pull out my well-worn volume of “A Christmas Carol” every year and read it.  Sometimes, I read it aloud to myself, doing voices and everything.  But that is a story for another time.

This year brings some extra excitement for us Dickens fans as 2012 marks the bicentennial of his birth.  As a result there will be all sorts of commemorations of this milestone all over the world, especially in London.

The wonderful Museum of London has already kicked things off with a new exhibition.  The museum describes the event as “a major new exhibition at the Museum of London focusing on the life and work of Charles Dickens, launches a year of celebrations in the capital marking 200 years since his birth.”

Meanwhile, everything you need to know about the Dickens Bicentennial can be found on the official Dickens Bicentennial website.

I am hoping to mark the Dickens Bicentennial in many ways, and it is a good excuse to visit London in 2012 – even more so than the Queen’s Jubilee and the Summer Olympics.  As if I have ever needed a reason to visit London.

In the meantime, please excuse me as I retire with a tumbler of bourbon and my copy of “A Christmas Carol” as I settle in for one of my most cherished holiday traditions.

See the official Dickens Bicentennial website here.

See a brief story about the Dickens Bicentennial from the BBC here.

See more about the Museum of London’s Dickens Exhibition here.

dmt2I have been having a fun time sorting through the boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations I found stored away in the attic of the old family homestead.  My mother loves Christmas, and every year decorated with a different theme.  The result of this is an eclectic mix of items from mid-century kitsch to Victorian charm.

As a tribute to my mother’s creativity, I have been decorating one of the three trees in the house with a mishmash of ornaments from the various years.

But it is the old Christmas ceramics that I just love.  I found this set of vintage Santa demitasse cups which I adore.  I placed them in the built-in liquor cabinet to help keep my growing bourbon collection company.  I discovered that the little bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream I purchased fit nicely inside these great cups.  I am going to use them as decoration on the table while entertaining for the holidays.



Snowflake Doily Placemats from the Curiosity Shoppe.


A membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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