Advent and anticipation. Sweetmeats and sparkles. A snowstorm of glitter, a dusting of icing sugar. Garlands, wreathes and twinkling lights. Boxes of plump clementines, shining and sweet. Under the tree: piles of brown paper packages, tied up with bakers’ twine and decorated with snowflakes.
The hope of solstice and the magic of Christmas. A surfeit of gorgeous richness at the close of the year.