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#1091: Willa Cather to Blanche Wolf Knopf, December 26 [1931]

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12-29-B ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dearest Blanche1;

Why should you doubt3 that I would be delighted with this glorious dressing gown? I never saw such a lovely one, or such a romantic shade of green. My young nieces4 and nephews5 were quite overcome by it and I had to wear it over my dinner dress last night to please them. I love it as much as a green jacket you once brought me from Paris6, which I've worn to rags.

I've had a wonderful Christmas, flying about with my family and old friends under a a full moon that makes the little town2 and all its candles and Christmas trees look beautiful, and the house7 is full of greens from New England8 and California9, and flowers from everywhere. On Holy Innocents' day10 I am to give a childrens' party, and have the choir boys from our little chuch church sing carols. I have a gorgeous creche, with thirty figures, that Isabelle11 sent from France12 four years ago, and lots of candles. This is the first real Christmas I've had since that one I spent in this house with my father13 and mother14 four years ago.

My love to you and Alfred15, and may the New Year be a happy one for us all.

Affectionately always Willa Cather