December 1! The official countdown to Christmas has begun! Nowadays Thanksgiving has become the kickoff and of course I sing along with the Christmas songs and love seeing all the lights and decorations, but today I get to open the first window on my advent calendar! I use to have one of the Annunciation Triptych, also known as the Merode Altarpiece, c. 1427-1432 by the Workshop of Robert Campin. In January 2000 I bought it from The Cloisters gift shop, a silly souvenir of a beautiful work of art. By taking good care of it I managed to keep the little flaps all attached so each year it seemed like I was opening them for the first time. Unfortunately my bf threw it away. He was cleaning up after the New Year a few years ago and he decided it was a one time thing. When I asked where it was and he told me what he did I started crying. For 10 years I had held on to this thing and in an instant it was gone. I’ve tried looking for another one but it doesn’t exist.
I may seem a little old to be sentimental about something like this but it was my one and only Christmas decoration. Having a Christmas tree as a single person living by herself was too depressing. I eventually got over my loss and I bought a new advent calendar. It’s not as obviously beautiful as the Merode Altarpiece and it’s not as old. After being overwhelmed by the Warhol show at the Met in September, I walked through the gift shop and happened upon this Warhol Advent Calendar.
Some of the windows were open when I saw it and the sampling of Warhol’s quotes, thoughts made me want it. Here’s today’s installment: “I wake up every morning. I open my eyes and think: here we go again.” 23 more to go! And next time I won’t have misplaced my digital camera.