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He Exists as Certainly as Love and Generosity and Devotion

Manolo says, if you were wondering what became of Virginia

Virginia O’Hanlon as an adult embraced the recognition and modest fame that came with her part in inspiring “Is There A Santa Claus?” (She once said in jest that she was “anonymous from January to November.”)

The editorial, she told an interviewer in 1959, when she was 67, “gave me a special place in life I didn’t deserve. It also made me try to live up to the philosophy of the editorial and to try to make glad the heart of childhood.”

She occasionally read the editorial at Christmas programs, as she did in 1933 and 1937 at Hunter College, her alma mater. Virginia earned a bachelor’s degree there in 1910 and a master’s degree two years later at Columbia University.

She was a teacher in the New York City schools, and became a principal at a school for handicapped children after earning a doctorate from Fordham University in 1935.

At her retirement in 1959, the New York Times observed that Virginia was “one of those rare persons whose given name alone has instant meaning for millions.”

There is yet more at the New York Times, including this charming picture of the young Virginia…

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Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas Shoe

Manolo says,

Merry Christmas!

The Manolo wishes you the most super fantastic of holidays, warm and happy, with friends and family, good food and wonderful gifts!

Fezziwig’s Ball

Mr. Fezziwigs Ball

“Yo Ho! my boys,” said Fezziwig. “No more work to-night! Christmas Eve, Dick! Christmas, Ebenezer! Let’s have the shutters up!” cried old Fezziwig with a sharp clap of his hands, “before a man can say Jack Robinson. . . .”

“Hilli-ho!” cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk with wonderful agility. “Clear away, my lads, and let’s have lots of room here! Hilli-ho, Dick! Cheer-up, Ebenezer!”

Clear away! There was nothing they wouldn’t have cleared away, or couldn’t have cleared away with old Fezziwig looking on. It was done in a minute. Every movable was packed off, as if it were dismissed from public life forevermore; the floor was swept and watered, the lamps were trimmed, fuel was heaped upon the fire; and the warehouse was as snug, and warm, and dry, and bright a ballroom as you would desire to see on a winter’s night.

In came a fiddler with a music book, and went up to the lofty desk and made an orchestra of it and tuned like fifty stomach aches. In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile. In came the three Misses Fezziwig, beaming and lovable. In came the six followers whose hearts they broke. In came all the young men and women employed in the business. In came the housemaid with her cousin the baker. In came the cook with her brother’s particular friend the milkman. In came the boy from over the way, who was suspected of not having board enough from his master, trying to hide himself behind the girl from next door but one who was proved to have had her ears pulled by her mistress; in they all came, any-how and every-how. Away they all went, twenty couple at once; hands half round and back again the other way; down the middle and up again; round and round in various stages of affectionate grouping, old top couple always turning up in the wrong place; new top couple starting off again, as soon as they got there; all top couples at last, and not a bottom one to help them.

When this result was brought about the fiddler struck up “Sir Roger de Coverley.” Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs. Fezziwig. Top couple, too, with a good stiff piece of work cut out for them; three or four and twenty pairs of partners; people who were not to be trifled with; people who would dance and had no notion of walking.

But if they had been thrice as many, oh, four times as many, old Fezziwig would have been a match for them, and so would Mrs. Fezziwig. As to her, she was worthy to be his partner in every sense of the term. If that’s not high praise, tell me higher and I’ll use it. A positive light appeared to issue from Fezziwig’s calves. They shone in every part of the dance like moons. You couldn’t have predicted at any given time what would become of them next. And when old Fezziwig and Mrs. Fezziwig had gone all through the dance, advance and retire; both hands to your partner, bow and courtesy, corkscrew, thread the needle, and back again to your place; Fezziwig cut so deftly that he appeared to wink with his legs, and came upon his feet again with a stagger.

When the clock struck eleven the domestic ball broke up. Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig took their stations, one on either side of the door, and shaking hands with every person individually, as he or she went out, wished him or her a Merry Christmas!.

Manolo says, one of the most delightful scenes in all literature.

Super Fantastic Last Minute Gifts for the Home

Manolo says, yes, we are in final countdown to day of celebration, but there is still just barely the time to obtain the few things with which to delight the ones you love.

Swissmar Noirmont Fondue Set

“Please, Manolo, the fondue set” you are perhaps saying, “This is not 1963. We have moved beyond this.”

“Nonsense,” would answer the Manolo. This is not the mere fondue set, to be filled with melted Velveeta into which you will dunk the stale Wonder bread and the slices of red delicious. This is the Noirmont Cast Iron Meat Fondue Pot from Swissmar in which you will astound your friends by preparing the hearty Fondue Bourguignon, the convivial and satisfying aprés ski meal, of the sort the Manolo has enjoyed in Alpine hotels, after his more adventurous friends return from the slopes.

Highbury Table Cloth, Strawberries

The Manolo has found through long experience, that the happy tablecloth is one of the best reasonably priced gifts to give the family of your acquaintance. It cheers the home and warms the heart, and if well chosen, will be the frequent reminder of the respectful affection you have for your friends.

BIA Cordon Bleu Dessert Plates

Yet another cheerful gift that would be welcomed by any hostess is the BIA Cordon Bleu Cheese Plates. Just right for informal little soiree.

White Sturgeon Caviar from California

OF the course, if you wish to bring something most extravagant, then please allow the Manolo to suggest, sustainably grown caviar from California. Yes, it is not Beluga or Sevruga, but then you do not have to worry that your precious caviar dollars are going to support Russian gangsters and/or Iranian mullahs intent on denuding the Caspian Sea of life.

Gift Guides from the Manolosphere

Manolo says, at the risk of sounding perhaps too commercial, allow the Manolo to ease your shopping burden by suggesting that you look at some of the shopping guides put together by the Manolo and his Manolospheric friends.

Deals for Crafty People on Your List
A Stylish Gift for a Stylish Person
Manly Gifts for Manly Men

The Gift List for the Beauty Lovers in Your Life.

10 Easy Holiday Gifts for the Home
Green Gifts For Everyone on the List

10 Green Gifts Under $10

La Petite Acadienne’s Fantasy Chrismakwanzikah

La Petite Acadienne’s Reality-Based Chrismakwanzikah

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts for the Men!

Classic Toy Recommendations for 2010

New Toy Recommendations for 2010

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts Under $60!

Eight Holiday Gifts for the Bride and Groom

At the Manolo for the Big Girl, our friend Miss Plumcake is entertaining us with ‘Tis the Season… the Advent-long series of gift guides for every type of person.

‘Tis The Season for the Classicist

‘Tis The Season for the Preppy Girl

‘Tis The Season for the Punk Rawk Girl

‘Tis The Season for the French Foodie

The Super Fantastic Gift Guides of the Manolosphere

Manolo says, The time for Christmasy shopping, it is running out!!! Thankfully, the Merry Elves of the Manolosphere have been working over the time to produce the super fantastic gift guides to help ease your shopping burden.

The Gift List for the Beauty Lovers in Your Life.

10 Easy Holiday Gifts for the Home

Green Gifts For Everyone on the List

10 Green Gifts Under $10

Deals for Crafty People on Your List

Manly Gifts for Manly Men

La Petite Acadienne’s Fantasy Chrismakwanzikah

La Petite Acadienne’s Reality-Based Chrismakwanzikah

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts for the Men!

Classic Toy Recommendations for 2010

New Toy Recommendations for 2010

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts Under $60!

Eight Holiday Gifts for the Bride and Groom

At the Manolo for the Big Girl, our friend Miss Plumcake is entertaining us with ‘Tis the Season… the Advent-long series of gift guides for every type of person.

‘Tis The Season for the Classicist

‘Tis The Season for the Preppy Girl

‘Tis The Season for the Punk Rawk Girl

‘Tis The Season for the French Foodie

Gift Guides for the Holidays!

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friends have been producing the gift guides to help ease the burden of finding the perfect gift…

Here are the few…

10 Easy Holiday Gifts for the Home

Green Gifts For Everyone on the List

Deals for Crafty People on Your List

Manly Gifts for Manly Men

La Petite Acadienne’s Fantasy Chrismakwanzikah

La Petite Acadienne’s Reality-Based Chrismakwanzikah

Classic Toy Recommendations for 2010

New Toy Recommendations for 2010

Eight Holiday Gifts for the Bride and Groom

At the Manolo for the Big Girl, our friend Miss Plumcake is entertaining us with ‘Tis the Season… the Advent-long series of gift guides for every type of person.

‘Tis The Season for the Classicist

‘Tis The Season for the Preppy Girl

‘Tis The Season for the Glamazon

‘Tis The Season for the Misunderstood Genius

Finally, allow the Manolo to call your attention to his internet friends at Bing, who have engaged the Brooke Burke, of television’s Dancing With The Stars, to produce the gift guides for the whole family which are certainly with your time to browse.

The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

Honoring Those Who Have Served; Armistice Day, 1929, Chesterton, Indiana

Thank you…

Andie McDowell vs. The Withered Exercise Crones

Manolo says, the always beautiful Andie McDowell has the advice for remaining youthful into middle age..

When you were a young model, in an industry not known for positive body images, did you ever have problems with weight?
There was a time when someone complained to my agency that I was overweight. It was after I’d been in New York for a few years, and I was trying to figure out how to maintain my weight. I was 132 pounds then, and I’m 5-foot-8 – and still eat healthy and exercise. So I said, “Tell them not to book me. This is the best I can do.” And shortly after, I got Calvin Klein commercials and a movie, so it didn’t stop me.

You still look model weight to me
Right now I’m about 137 to 138 pounds and I feel pretty good about it. Also, as soon as you get older, your face starts o look drawn – that’s why I think I’m better off with those 5 extra pounds.

Both of the women below were born in 1958…

Andie MacDowell, looking super fantastic at age 52Madonna, Withered Exercise Crone

Perhaps the four-hour Pilates sessions are not the secret to eternal youth.

Kneel Before Cavalli!

Roberto Cavalli  Spider Web Sandals  NPS260-PN055

Manolo says, these super fantastic Roberto Cavalli spider lady shoes would be absolutely perfect if you were the statuesque, raven-haired beauty, who wished to cause mayhem on the global level, perhaps by subjugating the Earth to the whims of General Zod.

But, only after you had the makeover that brought your wardrobe into the 21st century…

Kneel Before Ursa!  She Will Be Wearing Cavalli!

Girlfriend, those jodhpurs are doing your hips no favors. The Manolo is thinking the skin-tight catsuit for Ursa, black on black, with only these Cavalli shoes as accent.

Happy Easter!

Manolo says, from the Manolo to all of his peeps…

Happy Easter!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for The Man in Your Life

Manolo says, and now the Dia de San Valentin approaches and you have not yet purchased the gifts which you will shower upon that special man in your life.

But you are confuddled, as not only have you learned, through hard lessons, that the writers at Cosmo and Elle know next to nothing (NOTHING!!!) about how to make the man happy (despite what the salacious headlines say), but also that your man is the sort, who, like Octavian, adopts the facade of modesty, even as the gifts and honors are heaped upon him. And so you know from experience that he will stoically pretend to be unswayed by your acts of tribute, not letting on that he is actually thrilled that you love him, that he is the princeps civitatis of your Heart.

Because you have determined to make this the super fantastic Valentine’s Day, you must now locate the small gifts suitable to the Augustan tastes of your man, which is where the Manolo, your humble Attic slave, can help, by suggesting items that shall please the Emperor.

T Anthony Leather Ball Point Pen    Manolo Likes!  Cick!

T Anthony Leather Ballpoint Pen

Acqua di Parma Aftershave Lotion

Acqua di Parma Aftershave Lotion

Burberry Stainless Steel and Leather Wrist Watch

Burberry Stainless Steel and Leather Wrist Watch

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