artist advent calendar : shari altman

We'll travel from Maine to Vermont today and visit with Shari Altman, a photographer and writer who always transports me with her unique style and grace.


in years past, as a teacher, i received amaryllis or paperwhite bulbs as gifts. i'm no longer a teacher, but i find myself buying bulbs each autumn. i'm hoping for bright pink and red blooms in time for christmas or to ring in the new year.


eggnog has been my favorite holiday beverage ever since i was a little girl. our local dairy offers up this festive treat in glass bottles, which i love.

lemon ice cream gingersnap pie:

the holidays are all about sweet treats and sharing these treats with friends. last year, i made jam thumbprint cookies to deliver. this year, i plan to make nigel slater's lemon ice cream gingersnap pie and invite friends over for a slice with hot tea.


i have a collection of ornaments that i treasure. most of these ornaments used to grace my family's trees each christmas. a few, i made myself as a child. as an adult, we don't buy a tree every year, especially if we are going to be away for the holidays, but i always pull down the box of ornaments and revisit past celebrations.

christmas music and evergreens:

my husband and i have a tradition of buying a new cd of holiday tunes each december. some favorites include the charlie brown christmas album and christmas with the rat pack featuring frank sinatra, dean martin, and sammy davis, jr. evergreen branches are easy to come by and smell great. i love bringing nature indoors.


Shari Altman lives in Vermont on a non-working farm where she takes photographs, writes, bakes, and co-curates this joy+ride, an online inspiration journal. She loves simple holiday decorations and still hangs up her childhood stocking, which she hopes her husband will fill with little treasures.

She is looking forward to the hustle and bustle of the holidays as long as she can spend a few cold evenings stargazing with a mug of hot cocoa in her hands. Her one wish for the new year is to spend more time with her family and friends and to host more casual gatherings and simple suppers.

Thank you Shari! Your photographs and words are as always poetic and delightful.