I was at the mall yesterday, browsing around. There were lots of Christmas stalls, with gifts from jewelry to various hand-made clothing (hats and scarves, jackets, dresses, sweaters, shirts, skirts, etc.), lots of sweets (some Romanian, some Turkish or Lebanese), music and DVDs (and you could play with a touchscreen, after scanning any DVD’s bar code, to listen to anything they had available), books, some good wine, budget Christmas baskets, and so on. Unfortunately, pretty much everything, even the craft items, were rather expensive. I love buying from artisans but this Christmas it did not happen.
Anyway, I returned to these Christmas gifts areas after I bought a film ticket (to a film I’m still thinking about, by the Cohen brothers, titled Inside Llewyn Davis – another one of those “deceptively simple” movies I like) . . . but instead of spending some more time at these stalls I stepped into a jewelry shop I had never been in before.
I haven’t bought gold or silver jewelry in a very long time. I did buy some crafted rings though these past few years. But this time I felt that next year I’d like to buy something in gold or silver. And so I stepped into the jewelry store thinking of a vague New Year resolution: a new ring, to replace an old one I've been wearing for years. I left wishing to find next year a great butterfly ring in silver and a semiprecious or precious stone.