Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Stay safe, close to your loved ones, enjoy small pleasures as a hot chocolate on a cold afternoon, or a thick slice of panettone.
It’s the morning of a grey Christmas Eve. I turned on the lights of our small fir tree to cheer up the atmosphere: bright blue, yellow, and red tiny lights that remind me of an ‘80s Christmas are shimmering in the corner of the living room as a beating heart. Livia is loudly playing with Tommaso in the other room - they are building a tower with farm animals -, so I decided to take 10 minutes to sit here at my desk to wish you Merry Christmas.
In an ideal world, I would have handwritten hundreds of Christmas cards, or maybe we would have printed a staged photo of the three of us with Christmas sweaters, Noa and Teo laying at our feet with matching collars.
But this is a real, unpredictable, mad world, so I’m entrusting my best wishes for a serene, joyful Christmas to this letter. Stay safe, close to your loved ones, enjoy small pleasures like a hot chocolate on a cold afternoon, or a thick slice of panettone.
As for us, after the third jab and a covid test, we will gather for a small, quiet Christmas at home with the close family: no expectations, no big plans, no lavish feasts, just some precious time together. And there will be time for some cuddles on the sofa, and for a slice of artisanal panettone. You don’t need that much to create memories that last.
We’re entering into those twelve days that since the beginning of times have held an aura of mystery for mankind: scaring, powerful, magical, out of time. I wish you will emerge from these holidays stronger, focused, self-confident, with a belly full of good food and laughter.
We will be back in January with new letters, recipes, and stories.
Giulia and Tommaso
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