Monday, November 28, 2011

Cherished Baubles

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a family all wrapped up in each other.
Burton Hillis (a.k.a. William E. Vaughan), American columnist and author (1915-1977)

Boxes of Christmas ornaments came up from the depths of the basement storage area today. It's impressive that so many of these fragile balls can still play an important role in decorating the family Christmas tree considering that they practically match me in age. Being a kid at heart, I'm a big fan of colourful and shiny baubles and family tradition imbues these ones with something close to sanctity as they have come to symbolize enchantment, happiness, and familial love.

After decorating the tree the weekend's vino-culinary indulgence continued, thanks to the Toute Sweet shop that presented each participant in the "Wrapped Up in the Valley" event with a gift of 12 Belgian chocolate truffles filled with a spiked ganache. So far my favourite is one filled with the 2008 Cabernet Syrah of Kacaba Vineyards & Winery . . . but I've only just begun. ;-)

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