The Weekly Digest

Last day of school before the holiday break!

I found this festive photo while poking around on the Marlow & Sons website. These dinners at long tables always held such romance to them. I hope we get to have them again soon! I feel like a lot of our traditions around the holidays have come back this year, with a few notable exceptions—the large holiday party being one of them. Another is the in-person Santa visit. We Zoomed to the North Pole last weekend, which seems to go over surprisingly well with the kids who read him their letters and professed to behaving. We have been seeing our Santa for many years now and he seemed a little sadder this year about missing the children. I confess I always think of the Santa-gig as something done a bit begrudgingly, a la a Macy’s Santa in a David Sedaris story, and forget that we know one that’s more Macy’s Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street.

The kids have been opening their advent calendar activities each morning and I have to put a pitch in for cutting coffee-filter-paper snowflakes if you’ve never done it and are looking for an easy afternoon winter craft. It’s always such a hit! Something about snipping away with abandon (let it make a mess—there’s no glue or glitter so the sweep-up is simple) and the surprise reveal (will you get a snowflake or a donut) is so satisfying! It always makes me feel a little guilty for not doing more crafts with the kids—they love it so much—but it’s hard to find any others as simple as this. The coffee filters are my favorite because they’re easy to cut through and come in packs that last years if you let them.

Any favorite activities to recommend from your home?

Some links of note… 

Thinking of those lost in the path of the deadly tornadoes which hit across eight states in the South and Midwest and wishing their families comfort.

Rest in peace, bell hooks

The FDA will permanently allow abortion pills by mail that will terminate a pregnancy up to ten weeks.

For now, fully vaccinated means three shots.

Some good news and some bad news about the Omicron variant.

Instagram is on to me. I’m getting ALL the ads for drawer organizers. (These looks especially tempting.) And has anyone gone diagonal? Is that the secret to the long handles in the kitchen?? Very clever!

The joy of the museum gift shop.

No Bake Holiday treats (I love the nutcrackers!)

Found! The nicest treat for frizzy ends!

In case I didn’t already want a trip to the South of France, this mood board does the job. (The hotel’s instagram is lovely.)

I love Marisa Tomei so much! Her simple beauty routine, shared with Vogue, is charming and ends without her looking transformed. She’s 57 and stunning!

I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls (again). That’s it. Just sharing. It’s like comfort food.

Love these chocolate sardines. Too bad the tin is sold out. Would be a little fun to use a real tin, no?

The 2022 Stendig Calendar is available. (They’re enormous!)

A book tracking log–how sweet!

Inspiration for future travels.

The Mille selection is so good, but especially love this dress and anything in that pattern.

Finally, some advice? Can anyone suggest a Tofu recipe that would go best with a Bo Ssam dinner? A vegetarian alternative to the pork shoulder to put out with the spread?

[Marlow Events Photo]


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