HKH wishes you and yours a cozy, magical, and joyous Christmas!
The above illustration is from Tasha Tudor’s ‘Oh Joy’ book which is a melange of songs, poems, stories, and traditions. My beloved MIL gave this to me for Christmas last year and I just treasure it–I was so excited to put it out at the start of Advent. Despite the number or iPads (6 million) and Kindles (more than actual books) gifted this holiday season, this book is a good reminder of why there is still a reason for real books. Not only is it out of print, but the illustrations and exquisite borders are most of what it makes so special. Besides the fact that we share a nickname, I so enjoy hearing about Tasha’s family traditions on their farm in Vermont–her life reminds me of what I think life should be like!
Here’s a little more about Tasha from the Tasha Tudor & Family site:
Tasha Tudor (August 28, 1915-June 18, 2008) is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938.
She illustrated nearly one hundred books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas. She received many awards and honors, including Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One. Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world. She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70 year career.
Corgiville Fair was published in 1971 and introduced everyone to the wonderful, idiosyncratic world of the Corgi dog. Tasha Tudor was devoted to Corgyn kept them for years having as many as 13 at one time.
Her Vermont home, though only 30 years old, feels as though it was built in the 1830’s, her favorite time period. Seth Tudor, one of Tasha’s four children, built her home using hand tools when Tasha moved to Vermont in the 1970’s. Tasha Tudor lived among period antiques, using them in her daily life. She was quite adept at ‘Heirloom Crafts’, though she detested the term, including candle dipping, weaving, soap making, doll making and knitting. She lived without running water until her youngest child was five years old.
From a young age Tasha Tudor was interested in the home arts. She excelled in cooking, canning, cheese-making, ice cream making and many other home skills. As anyone who has eaten at Tasha Tudor’s would know, her cooking skills were unsurpassed. She collected eggs from her chickens in the evenings, cooked and baked with fresh goats milk, and used only fresh or dried herbs from her garden. Tasha Tudor was renowned for her Afternoon Tea parties.
Doesn’t Tasha sound like someone you want to be friends with? Luckily, I have a mother-in-law and four sister-in-laws who remind me a lot of a modern version of the Tudor clan. Missing you all today!