Pretty Things: New Favorite Holiday Card Idea
Every Christmas Eve, my parents make mulled wine. They pull out the same worn light blue card with stains and crinkled edges. and begin combining a bottle of red with cinnamon sticks, cloves, juices and more.
The blue card arrived in my parents' mailbox over 30 years ago, from friends of friends twice their age who included the recipe in the Christmas card they sent out that particular year. Whenever I see the hand-written note sitting on the counter next to a simmering pot of holiday-season goodness, I re-read the same warm message from old friends now long gone, and wonder how many, if any, former recipients might be doing the same thing at the same time.
So that's why my heart warmed when I saw my friend Tracy Martin post a photo of the holiday card she sent out this year, which featured an illustrated guide to making hot mulled cider.
But the card didn't arrive on its own. The ever-so-chic Martin, who lives in Hudson, New York, spent a day putting together packages featuring all the ingredients that recipients would need for the recipe.
"The cider & bourbon are local to Hudson Valley," Tracy told me. "And I'm handing these out to our neighbors, electrician, mailman and more."