I have always bought picture advent calendars, rather than chocolate. You don’t get the satisfying ‘pop’ when you open the door on a chocolate advent calendar, and the pictures aren’t as nice, and the chocolate isn’t very chocolatey.
The children protested. So we reached a compromise. They get the picture advent calendar, but are allowed a chocolate to go with it.
I’m reducing my use of plastic, and so have been trying to purchase wisely this Christmas. I was pleased to find a well-known brand of Christmas chocolates have reintroduced the option of a tin. The wrappers are compostable!
On opening the tin, I was transported back to Christmas Past: the smell of toffee and chocolate and strawberry creams; the joy of sinking your hand into a deep tin and turning the chocolates over and over; the crinkly sound… Most of all, the glistening wrappers of ruby, emerald, bronze, sapphire, burnt orange, indigo, and gold…
These are the colours of Christmas. I wonder if my taste in the shiniest brightest baubles comes from this? Not for me the tasteful tones of pinecones and dried tangerines. I want glitz and glamour. The glitz and glamour of Rowntrees* Quality Street!
They are even more beautiful when blurry! It’s the depth of tone, the darkness… like a box of jewels. Now I come to think of it, maybe this is also where I get the colours of my Bright Border.
I have just purchased a new app, where you can take a photo and scan any part of it to get a colour description (and a Pantone match).
Imagine the fun!
When I hover my thumb over ‘the purple one’ one I get delicious descriptions like ‘Orchid’, ‘Byzantium’ and (my cup runneth over) ‘Fandango’!
Part of the joy of the tin is the reflections. All the colours bouncing off the inside of the tin. Look at the waves of ‘Persian pink’, ‘regalia’, ‘licorice’ and ‘plum’. My very own Northern Lights.
Here, ‘cerulean’ and ‘catalina blue’ with flares of ‘atomic tangerine’!
I’m going to ditch the app here. I see whisky and cognac and sherry, with a hint of Turkish Delight.
This is colour heaven. I am lost in beautiful bokeh. It’s a disco in a tin!
I had planned a post on baubles, but sweetie wrappers are delighting me so much, the baubles can wait.
(If you want to see some beautiful bauble photography, see this post from Cindy at ‘In My Spare Time’. It delighted me.)
What are your most nostalgic Christmas associations? Do you share my gaudy tastes?
*In my excitement I forgot that the brand is Nestle. The road to ethical capitalism is paved with potholes. I am still learning.
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