It is X’mas!, an interesting write-up by Abhilasha Ojha in Business Standard, exhorts us to simply forget the recession just for a while. It suggests that all of us also should hold our thoughts as far as the threat of terror is concerned and that we should for the moment stop thinking about all that is negative and find some excuse to be a part of the festive season.

The writer has suggested some colorful ideas to soak in the spirit of Christmas, who mentions: “Clothing brands are all geared up for the season with some truly exciting creations. Let me Be, a popular women’s brand, for example, has just unveiled its catchy Christmas collection. It is full of reds, whites, greens, and has created magnificent magic with rich fabrics like satins, wool, fleece and silks.”

There is a hint of embellishments that comes with precious stones like pearls and diamonds, and accompanied by a whisper of lace and sequins. Puffed sleeves, pleated necklines along with classic cuts and a liberal usage of motifs make sure that there is sophistication along with an elegant element of play. (Rs 5,000 onward at Ensemble and Amara)

You can also say it with cards. We often tend to underestimate the positive impact of greeting cards on people. The writer exclaims” “I do not mean those run-of-the-mill greeting cards. Gorgeous hand-paper varieties are available (also those in recycled paper). There are so many do-it-yourself books on the shelves (like Cheryl Owens’), you can use to try create your own greeting card at home.

If you are lazy, you may visit New Delhi’s Anandz Creations, where the card-maker Anand has on offer some wonderful designs with jute, brass and recycled products (Rs 95 onward). You can frame one of these and have it mounted. Another option the writer suggests is New Greeting Card Project by Himanshu Verma. It is an annual feature, which brings forth art on cards (Rs 150 each).

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