After a week of rain, yesterday was sunny and bright. We had a merry Christmas. Surrounded by the love of our family and friends, we baked, cooked and were just happy sitting by the table, talking, taking family pictures, enjoying the lights on the Christmas tree and sitting by the fire place.
This Christmas I also got four special presents, all related to one of the things I treasure the most: friendship. I always say friends are the family we choose and consider myself blessed by the friendship of many friends, and especially girlfriends who have been by my side in crucial and not so crucial, sad and happy moments, no matter what and how far away we are.
A very special present was sent from Venezuela by my loving friends, Alberto and María Antonia, who happen to be my children’s Godparents. A piece of wood, found in the beaches of Margarita Island (where my grandparents were born and raised), hand painted by Venezuelan artist, Lissette Villamizar. It has an image of SantaTeresa de Ávila with her feather pen, meaningful to me, not only because Santa Teresa was a writer but also because she’s the saint patroness of gastronomy and Ron de Venezuela.
Another special gift was sent by Dorita, a consequent follower of Savoir Faire, living in Logansport, Indiana. A piece of stained glass for my kitchen, hand painted by my friend herself, it symbolizes abundance.