Friday, December 3, 2010
A Very Beary Christmas
At the door was the courier man (he must see it all - 'cause he didn't seem to notice my very glamorous look)... in his hand was my annual Christmas present from my very dear friend Kirsty who lives in London.
Many years ago, Kirsty started a tradition of sending me the Harrods Christmas Bear, they are just so beautiful and not at all like the Department Store ones we see here in OZ. This tradition now sees us with a collection o 16 bears at last count. Kirsty knew that Mum loved the bears as much as me, actually she loved them heaps more as Mum collected bears (I have boxes to sort of these in the new year). Mum would get very excited to see the new addition to our 'family' that arrived from Harrods each year. Mum and I would check the bear from top to toe as they come beautifully attired ... the outfits are just amazing!
Now comes the part that made me sink in the chair and craddle this Bear like none before....
My beautiful niece, Erasha is Sri Lankin by birth and the Sri Lankin name for Grandmother is Archie. Last weekend at a family BBQ, it was agreed now that Mum had passed that the title of Archie would now be my sister-in-law's as she has two new grandchildren. Mum and Fay had discussed this and it seemed just to be the right time now that Miss Rehani (15 months) is starting to talk.
Well ... yes, I am sure you guessed it... the Harrods Bear for Christmas 2010 is named ARCHIE!!
I know that Harrods probably plan this name years before they are released, but to me it was a sign... I had planned to ask Kirsty to end the tradition this year as I wanted the last bear in our collection to be marked with the year Mum died - but to think he is also called Archie really made me think she had a hand in this.....
This gorgeous boy will take pride of place as I 'reinvent' Mum's bedroom into my new sewing space in 2011!
Thank you for letting me share this with you all......