The air is filled with excitement and anticipation as Audrey awaits her guests’ arrival on Christmas Day in London. Crafted of rose-pink silk with a smokey-grey taffeta bustle, her dress crackles and shimmers as she moves through the parlor, straightening the stockings on the mantel and the fragrant jewel-toned garlands on the tree. But no one may be more entranced than the children peering from the balustrade above, for they accompanied Audrey on her annual trip to Fortnum and Mason’s to order their Christmas hamper. With their noses pressed against the glorious and decadent shop windows, the first snow falling on their silent wonder, these little ones had no idea that their glamourous mother could make such a posh holiday scene come to life. Soon the bells on the clock tower will chime, and the family will enjoy their Christmas pudding before they open their stockings and gifts. A Happy Christmas to All!
Susan Redington Bobby