Christmas 2010



“Realize that Christmas is a pause.
The word is beautiful and the idea
behind it more beautiful.
Christmas is not just for children.
To believe that is to believe that innocence
without knowledge is better than
understanding and faith and grace.
To be clever about Christmas
is to be profoundly stupid.
The early springtime of the spirit,
Christmas is renewal and joy.”


*from Vogue dec 1965, author unknown.


My Dearest Readers,
This post was intended for Christmas several months ago when the Errant Aesthete was not so elusive. When it suddenly appeared in my email this morning in its previously ill formatted form, you were so wonderfully kind in not noting its irregularity or most unaesthetic of presentations, which has now been corrected. Your thoughtfulness and warm sentiments on this day of Christmas eve is more welcome than you can know.

I am touched (as I always am) by those of you who still remember their way back here despite my rather abrupt and unintended disappearance. The New Year beckons a return and I hope to, at the very least, honor what I have wrought. I hope this holiday season finds you filled with abundance, warmth, love, good health and prosperity.

Please know that each and every one of you are profoundly missed.




~ by eaesthete on 12/23/10.

35 Responses to “Christmas 2010”

  1. The loveliest thing I’ve read all day.
    Thank you.
    And Happy Christmas.

  2. So wonderful to hear from you!

    Itis indeed a very special Christmas for me, and though I can’t quite put it to words, you have so appropriately chosen the beautiful prose of Vogue 1965.

    This seems to capture my mood perfectly.

    Wishing you happiness and love in the new year ahead!

  3. What a beautiful thought.

    Welcome back. I hope all is well with you. Have a wonderful Christmas.


  4. A very merry Christmas to you, our sometimes elusive Aesthete!
    Have a lovely day.

  5. Beautiful cover, Happy Christmas!

  6. Here’s looking forward to 2011.

  7. “Christmas is a pause”… how comforting to hear that! I’ve appreciated your message. Feel free to enjoy your respite, we all need that. Have a blessed Christmas and all the best for a Happy New Year!

  8. A most solicitous poem, I think, for this often-times difficult time of year. Welcome back, dear Aesthete, you have been missed by so many of us! I am about to bow out for a few months, but will be stopping by here when I need a dose of charm, emotional profundity and effortless grace…the things you do so well.

  9. ..Glad tidings of comfort and joy..finally! was starting to wonder what became of you .. nice to have you back!

  10. It’s good to have you back…I’ve been checking back most days. It’s good to occasionally take a time out to recharge and reorient. It’s my hope that’s all it was and not something more serious. All the best to you and yours. k

  11. Now my Christmas is complete!
    Thank you, Miss EA.

  12. A belated Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.

  13. Oh good!

  14. So wonderful to see you posting again! :-) Beautiful post! I have missed you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  15. Oh dear… can’t way to have you back! My most sincere wishes of love and happiness in the New Year. Happy Holidays my friend! xo

  16. Wishing you well – as I often wonder how you are.

  17. So glad you are back. Here’s hoping we all have a great new year.

  18. That is a truly wonderful quote and I am grateful beyond words to you for introducing me to it! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family!

    Hope Ava

  19. Happy New Year to you.

  20. Wishing you the most wondrous 2011 imaginable! Sending peace and love your way. Cheers!


  21. Happy New Year…may all your wishes come true.

  22. Happy New Year to you and welcome back.

  23. Welcome back, dear one. Beauty is sorely needed in this life, glad to have you back leading us to loveliness.

  24. Happiest and healthiest of New Years! I hope that it is starting off blissfully for you.

  25. We’ve past the darkest night; light returns. I hope you do, too.

  26. I’m SO glad to hear even just a little tidbit from you. You can’t leave us hanging like that! I sincerely hope you’re well, and please come back regularly. There are alot of people who “blog” out there, EA, but unfortunately the results aren’t always stellar. YOU, however, are “fabulous blogging” personified. Don’t be a stranger! This grey, mundane world needs you!

  27. I am glad you are back. I kept checking- I remember your wonderful post last winter about the Dartmouth Winer Carnival- I hope you are back for good!

  28. ..but more is needed

  29. I found this blog on Bloglovin’ because I was looking for something similar to mine…I discovered something completaly different but…I really like it. Amazing articles and choise of pictures.

  30. I just discovered your lovely blog. I’m just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  31. Your blog is one of the finest destinations on the web. Thank you so much for expressing your fine sensibility.

  32. But are you really back yet? It seems you’ve been errant for too long and I’d welcome new articles from you

    All best,


  33. Just checking in. Hope all is well. Come back when you’re ready. You are dearly missed!

  34. I check almost every day, in the hope that you will be able to resume website. Please know that you are missed.

  35. Just now, I found your comment on one of my posts and reread it with much thought. That’s an eloquent tribute to Natasha Richardson you left there. I miss you exquisite writing and elegant visuals on your blog. Hope to have the pleasure again one day. All the best to you.

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