Yesterday we decorated the tree. Some people love decorating. While I love the result, I don’t like the legwork. All I can think of is taking it all down and having to pack it away. The task is made considerably less onerous by our habit of asking for help. Mrs. E. and I invite friends over. This started years ago with a bachelor friend, Mr. W., who provided all the props necessary to luring us into the afternoon. Champagne and, in those halcyon days, maybe even caviar.
There really is nothing like a champagne bucket to make even an inexpensive bottle look its best. Considering an elegant Christmas gift that will get lots of use? If you haven’t inherited, the hotel silver number above is a good price at Pottery Barn.