It’s not even close to beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The desert outside my window is in shades of tan, grey, chartreuse (Pantone 362 – the palo verdes), and a turquoise green (Pantone 374 – the prickly pears). But after our rain the past few days, the clouds got snagged on the mountains, so Mt Lemmon probably has snow.
At least I’m not tired of Christmas carols yet. Did not even step into a mall. Tried to find a kid’s toy at Target and got frustrated. Plus I don’t even remember what cheery music they were playing. So got a couple of gift certificates and ordered everything else online.
But what made my day today (so far – I shall be making Christmas cookies with the kids soon) was hearing David Sedaris read from his Santaland Diaries on NPR this morning. (Photo here of author David Sedaris in his actual Macy’s elf costume.)
I thought it would be nice to take the kids to see the lights at Tohono Chul (Holiday Nights, A Million Lights!) the weekend before Christmas, but it was pricey ($16 apiece, for six of us), so my daughter suggested seeing La Encantada’s “Enchanted Snowfall”, which was free.
Enchanted Snowfall will take place in the gorgeous Tucson Lifestyle Courtyard at La Encantada… delicate sprinkles of snow will cascade to the ground and fill the shopping center… keep toasty with hot chocolate from Williams Sonoma.
Don’t ever do this! There was one Christmas tree, “artistically” decorated (read sparingly), and some garlands on the second floor handrails. The “snow” was made of soap bubbles, which did not fill the shopping center, but made us cough. The free hot chocolate was in 4 oz paper cups. And there were three women with screechy voices, singing Christmas carols into a not-very-good sound system. (Photo of me, my daughter, and granddaughter, taken between coughs.)
This is always fun, but having seven people (my son was in from out-of-town too) in my daughter’s kitchen was cozy. We made walnut kiefel, pecan butterballs, chocolate spritz, and peppermint cookies, as well as the decorated sugar cookies.
CAS Holiday Party
The TMA Contemporary Art Society Holiday Party was a couple of weeks ago at Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which is housed downtown in what used to be a fire station.
The current show, Aranda\Lasch and Terrol Dew Johnson | Meeting the Clouds Halfway, is quite nice. Terrol Dew Johnson is a Tohono Oodham basketweaver, and this new work blends traditional Native American craft with contemporary design. (Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, who collaborated with him, are architects, http://arandalasch.com/, as well as artists.) The show runs through the end of January.
Terrol’s favorite is the endless knot with creosote (top right), but I liked the hanging one done with bear grass. His work is in permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., and the Heard Museum
http://nationalbasketry.org/artist-profile-terrol-dew-johnson/, so it is quite pricey.
My daughter and her family drove up to Fountain Hills (northeast of Phoenix) on the day before Christmas, to exchange gifts with the inlaws, so the grandchildren already had a surfeit of toys, but with Santa’s presents, their parents’ and my presents, there were enough toys (and clothes, and books) for all of the children of Gabon.
But everyone seemed to like their gifts. My granddaughter liked the hamster T-shirt (she has a pet hamster), the cat liked the boxes, the middle grandson liked his bicycle helmet with a Mohawk, the youngest can’t be pried away from his Pretend & Play Cash Register, the decor was fun (including the fake fire in the fireplace), and the breakfast (my daughter’s traditional sticky buns), dinner (scalloped potatoes, roast, veggies, mostly prepared by my son), and dessert (rum cake, with whipped cream) were fab. All in all, one of the more successful holidays.
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!