The Salon Without Boundaries wishes everyone a peaceful Christmas and holiday season. May the end of a fraught year be one of hope.
For the end of our calendar, I have chosen Marianne Stokes' "Angels entertaining the Holy Child". I love the realism here. The exhausted Mary is thankfully catching a few moments of desperately needed sleep, while the still wide-awake baby is enjoying the self-conscious performance of the two angels. They are clearly aware of the importance of what they do, rather in the manner of the narrator in a school play. They have gone from being the youngest angels to having a smaller person to look after. Fortunately, their audience is happy with their efforts.
And in the hope that eventually the baby will sleep, here is Ruth Watson's "Lullaby for the Christ Child."