A few years ago, I found this plush, padded, bedazzled heart in a crafty kind of store and bought it, having no idea what I might do with it. The answer came the following year, when I had my first tree, mini as it is, and was without a top. Fellow expat and blogger Delinissima wrote about the difficulty in finding a star to top the tree here in Italy. I don't know why they're anti-star either, but there aren't a lot of choices out there.
So, I had to do some creative rigging up with twisty-ties, but I think the heart does the trick-- along with reminding me that Christmas is a time to love and appreciate all that is right with my world. And yes, that's our little Bonsai Garden/Christmas Village out of focus behind the tree.
I wish everyone a Happy Love Thursday and Happy Winter Solstice.
Now go out and enjoy the shortest day of the year!