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Christmas tree at Bullocks Wilshire in Los Angeles, c.1930s.

No one can ever have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist in giving me books.

Dumbledore from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling.

Socks? Books? Whatever is under the tree, wishing one and all a happy and healthy holiday!

 

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IMG_20171217_125115961My grandmother gave me a pearl necklace. It took her, like, 25 years to give it to me, because she gave me one pearl at a time. That was the old tradition – the way that families could afford nice things. So when I was little, every Christmas and birthday I’d get one pearl, and she’d add it to my string. When I was eight, I had eight pearls on a string. I remember being like, ‘Why another pearl every holiday?’ – an ungrateful kid, basically who never even wanted a pearl necklace. But by the time I got the complete strand and had a moment to reflect on it, I was like, Wow. It took her years to give me that gift. It was so beautiful and powerful, something that I was completely not grateful for, all those years, and then amazed by her persistence. In my twenties, my apartment on Elizabeth Street got broken into; the necklace was stolen. But I have it in my mind, in my heart, so it’s fine – I got the gift. 

Rachel Comey – American independent fashion designer.

I love this story – for the grandma’s desire that her granddaughter have something special and her patience with one pearl at a time. I understand Rachel’s youthful cluelessness but eventual understanding with maturity.  Most of all I appreciate the power of letting go, which opens up space to see the true meaning behind giving.

Let’s hope we all “get the gift” this holiday season.

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IMG_3517Take a visit to Mom’s closet for the holidays:

https://overdressedforlife.com/moms-closet/christmas-gifts-from-mom-my-first-perfume/

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