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I seriously thought of cancelling Christmas this year. The sudden death of someone I’ve been with for my entire adult life has left me feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck and I can hardly bear to think of my first Christmas without him. I don’t think the reality has kicked in yet and I’m half-thinking there has been some sort of mistake and that I’ll wake-up from a very bad dream.

 I had a discussion with my family about how we would get through the upcoming time of *festive cheer* (ha!) and we played about with various options —  ignoring the whole thing was first on our list — then we thought about an ‘alternative’ Christmas: a takeaway (curry?) instead of our usual ‘the-full-works’ dinner; possibly cutting out most of the exchanges of gifts and opting for a Surprise Santa type of affair; not decorating the house — ditch the whole notion of a tree…

But then we worked out that this just would not be right — he had an almost childlike love of Christmas and always went over the top at this time of year and good taste be damned. The tree was always a big deal (way too big — did you ever see National Lampoons Christmas Vacation?) and he — the person who hardly saw the inside of a kitchen for most of the year — went full-out on the preparations for the monumental Christmas dinner.

So, I’ve decided to just go for it this year — go the whole hog and embrace the magic. I’ve never been so aware of how fleeting life is and how we must celebrate every living moment. Anyway, that’s the plan.

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I’ve been going through a bit of a vintage jewellery phase recently and found a great selection at Perfect Jewels (I covet practically everything on their Objects d’ Art section).

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Huge Art Moderne Jewelled Sterling Brooch ($150.00). This piece — described by the site owner’s partner, quite aptly, as a ‘ski-wreck’ — is not really typical of the kind of jewellery to be found on the site — but I think I like it…

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14k Plique a Jour Enamel Art Nouveau Portrait Necklace ($1450.00). *Gulp* I know  — the price! But it’s beautiful and rare — and if you’re going to splash out some serious money of jewellery, then it might as well be something this unique and lovely.

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Mother of Pearl Souvenir Etui ($250.00). I had to look-up what a ‘etui’ is  — seemingly, it’s a container (usually soft-bodied?) for needlework and suchlike.

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Exceptionally lovely, handcrafted jewellery from Iacua at Etsy.

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Garden Gate Bracelet ($160.00)

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Tiny Blossom Bracelets ($92.00)

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Sunlight & Moss Necklace ($40.00)

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