Counting down to Christmas

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.

Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), c. 1427-32.  Workshop of Robert Campin

Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), c. 1427-32. Workshop of Robert Campin

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.

Warhol Advent Calendar

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.

December 1

December 1

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