A cold and grey day in late November...a dark cloud is hanging over the Hilltop...lights are burning in the kitchen of Hilltop Hall.....and a warm fire is burning in the hearth..
Lets take a peek through the window and see what's happening there today...its been a long time since we heard from our Dutchess and Company..
Look..there's the Dutchess...sitting at the table...scribbling away on a piece of paper..and...o how wonderful....there's Miss Moussie..sitting on her thimble next to the teapot..
O dear..they are both looking so very serious....
I know its not a polite thing to do, but..lets listen to their conversation..through the keyhole..
-Its not easy..its not easy at all...finding gifts for everybody....sighed the Dutchess chewing on her pen..
-I know..I know...answered Miss Moussie...it gets more difficult every year...
-Maybe we are doing it wrong my dearest M....I believe we are missing something..
-Yes..we are missing a lot of gifts..for a lot of our friends...twittered Miss Moussie..!!!
-A lot of gifts...that's IT......that's the problem exactly my dear Watson...what would I do without you..
-.......Then..my dearest Sherlock..please explain what I just said..
-...We don't NEED a lot of gifts..now do we ?...We already HAVE what we need... the only thing we could add to that is something from the heart..something we made ourselves..just ONE gift..and a very special one indeed....
-....Then...maybe we could make name tags....and pick .from out of your bonnet..and then we make a very very special gift for the one we picked.....?
-Elementary dear Watson..we just found an uncomplicated solution to the problem....how marvelous..!!!
-Then..I'm going to gather all of our friends into the kitchen....NOW!!
-And I'll put the kettle on....tea and cakes in a few minutes...
0o...dear reader and friend...we better skedaddle...before Miss Moussie comes galloping out of the crack in the wall...
I don't know about you...but in the weeks to come I'm going to follow Miss Moussie's adventure called....The Christmas Presents!!!