This Christmas tree decorated with vintage ornaments, garland, and tinsel is stunning. Their living room, a discussion between the austere and the abundant. Treasured topiaries made an appearance for Christmas, set in the windows.
They are simple, elegant, and lavish, all at the same time.
Their choice of holiday flowers – green and white cabbage florets, and white hydrangeas.
I would have had no idea what I was looking at here, but for M’s explanation. Buche de Noel is a classic French dessert served at the holidays. This seemed a natural choice, given the French heritage of one side of this family. The cake is “prepared, presented and garnished to look like a log ready for the fire used in an ancient fire festival of the winter soltice”-this from Wikipedia, Additionally, this from The Oxford Companion to Food:
“[In France] where the buche de Noel, a roll of light sponge cake, is covered in chocolate or coffee buttercream textured to resemble bark. The conceit is carried further by mounding the cream over small pieces of cake stuck to the main roll, to represent trimmed branches. The ends of the roll and the cut faces of the branches are finished with vanilla cream, imitating pale newly cut wood, and the whole is decorated with leaves made from icing, or meringue mushrooms.”
—Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson, [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 184)
I learned from my friends that the creation of this dessert occurred over a period of three days. Is it not spectacular?
I am sure every one of their Christmas Eve guests enjoyed themselves.
To my friends: thanks again for inviting me to your holiday.