Shopping For the Wrong Gift

Have you ever ordered a gift for someone only to have the wrong thing delivered? Or not delivered at all?

It’s happened to me. And while online shopping is pretty convenient, it’s sometimes not so easy to get delivery errors corrected.

Gift delivery mix-ups aren’t anything new. I found a set of old Tuck & Sons illustrations from the early 1900s that illustrate the point.

The first illustration is titled “The Wrong Hamper.”

The lady looks a little unhappy to have her morning tea interrupted with a delivery of an order of snuff!

The second image in the set is titled “The Hamper He Got.”

The artist did a great job of creating an image of a man’s man, from the spurs on his boots to the glass of ale and pipe smoke, and the hunting trophies on the wall. No wonder the butler gives a little snicker over the delivery of a child’s toy.

I wonder how difficult it was to return a wrong delivery in the early 1900s?

 

My Christmas Read

My Christmas shopping is done, my house is thoroughly decorated, and the Christmas gifts I’m giving are wrapped and ready under the tree.

So, this weekend, my only plan is to relax and read some heartwarming Christmas novels and stories that will help put the bow (so to speak) on my Christmas spirit!

What will I read first?

My Kindle. What’s beneath the cover?

Hint: I downloaded this Christmas novel when it was first released on Amazon in October, but decided not to read it until the weekend before Christmas.

It’s been sooo hard to wait to read this well-reviewed book, but I stood firm and now the wait is finally over. This afternoon I’m firing it up on my Kindle.

The Christmas Company, by Alys Murray

The Christmas novel I’ll be reading this afternoon is The Christmas Company by Alys Murray. Here’s the book’s blurb:

She’s out to save her town
from a real-life Scrooge…

The small town of Miller’s Point is known across the country for their annual Dickensian Christmas festival. When the celebration is threatened by Clark Woodward, a miserly, big-city businessman, Kate Buckner steps up to save her hometown, their traditions, and her favorite holiday. But, along the way, she realizes that the man she’s trying to protect her town from might need some rescuing of his own.

With a lot of heart and a little Christmas magic, Kate is convinced she can teach Clark to love her favorite holiday. But can such different people learn to open up and love each other?

Hello, mug of hot cocoa and comfy couch! I’m comin’ at ya with my Kindle and The Christmas Company by Alys Murray!

If you’d like to see if The Christmas Company is a book you might enjoy too, click on the cover below to read sample chapters and some fabulous reviews.

Have a wonderful weekend!

It’s Holiday Dress-Up Time!

I don’t often get the chance to dress up for an evening out, but when I do, I quite enjoy it.

I have a Christmas party to attend next week that’s one of those evenings out. A special dress, my best shoes, a sparkling necklace and some dangling earrings—I’ve already planned what I’m going to wear.

It’s on special occasions like the Christmas party, though, that I wish I had long hair. I love the look of an elegant up-do, and if my hair were longer, I’d definitely try to wear it up.

Of course, I’m very partial to the beautiful hair styles women wore during the English Regency period.

Some ladies wore their hair in relatively simple fashions, swept up into a bun, with curls framing their face:

The Ainslie Sisters, by Thomas Stewardson, 1808.

While others, who had fuller, thicker hair to work with, created hair styles that were much more intricate and complicated.

The Artist’s Wife by Carl Joseph Begas, 1828

I know that if I had long hair, I would be tempted to try styling my hair in the Regency mode, because it looks so perfect for a special night out.

Here’s a video that shows how to do it! It gives step-by-step instructions for creating a classic Grecian hairstyle so popular in Jane Austen’s day; and I have to say, it looks simple enough to do.

Readers, if your hair is longer than shoulder length, I’d love to know if you’ve ever given a Regency hairstyle a try. How did it turned out?