Archive for December, 2020

One of my favorites gifts I gave this year was the Astier de Villatte Cat Idol Saucer I found from John Derian. The image on the saucer depicts a orange cat being worshiped. Why do I love this so much? Well all orange cats deserve to be worshiped.

About the Astier de Villatte Cat Idol Saucer from John Derian:

“John Derian teamed up with Astier de Villatte to add his iconic imagery to their classic white tableware. The 19th-century inspired patterns and images perfectly complement the handmade ceramics. Handmade in Paris of glazed terracotta.”

Find the Astier de Villatte Cat Idol Saucer from John Derian.

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On this Boxing Day – a holiday in the UK – I present the first known printed Christmas card. This card evokes the look of a Dickensian Christmas. There is a good reason for that, it was printed in London in 1843, the same year as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The card scandalized the prim Victorians of the time, most notably due to the little girl in the foreground sneaking some Christmas cheer.

Sadly, for the first time in my life I will not be spending Christmas in New England. However, I can still be there in spirit. This year for my traditional Christmas Eve and Christmas Day greetings here on Lost Cowboy, I will be using vintage pictures from Christmases past in and around the lovely village of Tamworth, NH. Today I present a bonus greeting. Cheers!



aa4You are never too old to appreciate one of the all-time greatest Christmas books, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Sure, you know the story really well from the classic TV special and the big budget film, but settling in with the original text is the best. Every home should have a copy.

About How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss: “The ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic — no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville!. ‘Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!’ Not since ‘’Twas the night before Christmas’ has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. And don’t forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!”

The best part about How the Grinch Stole Christmas is that it is fun to read aloud – even if there is no one else around to hear you.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

The fine folks at the Kansas City Symphony have moved their annual celebration of Christmas and tubas to the virtual world. TubaChristmas 2020 is available to stream now.

About TubaChristmas 2020 from the KC Symphony:

“It may look a bit different this year, but TubaChristmas is back in Kansas City! Enjoy TubaChristmas from the comfort of your own home. The Kansas City Symphony is once again excited to present the region’s largest TubaChristmas event. All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join in the festivities. Early and accurate registration is encouraged. Friends, family and the general public are invited to view the concert to listen to the sounds of the season, tuba-style!”

Learn more about TubaChristmas 2020 from the KC Symphony.

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I have a Christmas flute glass from the 90’s that I pull out every year. I think I started with a set of six from Crate & Barrel but most of them broke over the years. But the one I have left is very special to me and is somewhat of an heirloom. Now I have found a replacement that will surely be heirloom status from day one: the Snowflake Wishes Cranberry Flute I found from the fine folks at Waterford.

About the Snowflake Wishes Cranberry Flute from Waterford:

“Waterford’s 10-year Snowflake Wishes series celebrates its final year in 2020 with the wish for Love immortalized in this fine crystal Flute in festive Prestige Cranberry. The flute features a brand new snowflake design for 2020 along with the wonderfully seasonal color of cranberry. This delicate vessel encapsulates the wish for Love, a universal theme that transcends geographical borders, embraces all cultures and serves as a reminder that we must cherish the company we keep – friends, family and neighbors alike. Beautifully presented in silver Waterford Snowflake Wishes packaging, it is a perfect gift this festive season.”

Find the Snowflake Wishes Cranberry Flute from Waterford.

See Waterford’s Christmas collection.

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