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It’s Santa Lucia, over here – the gift bringer. One of these days I’ll tell you about the various forms the legend and the tradition take, but not today. Today – as you may have gathered by the post’s title – it’s about the notebooks.

Because, you see, this year, together with the usual candy, a couple of books, and the first December snowfall* in ages, Saint Lucia gave me three notebooks – and they couldn’t be more different.

One is a very contemporary, sleek affair, hardbound, white, with smooth, thick, lined paper. I know that the description makes it sound a little clinical – but it’s not: in fact, it has a kind of solid, understated, no-nonsense elegance. Even the very white cover seems of the kind that will stay pristine, no matter what.

Then there is a Paperblanks journal with a gorgeous cover, a metallic buckle and marbled edges. Very dramatic, and quite lovely. I’ve used notebooks of this brand before, and I know I like them – but this one is a little different from anything I’ve had before. It’s also a peculiar size, not quite A5, so I’m curious to see how that will work.

And then, a traveler’s notebook. I don’t know whether you are familiar with the thing… I wasn’t, until very recently. It’s a soft folding cover (leather in my case), with elastic bands holding three slender notepads and a couple of pouches for cards, passports, and perhaps a pen and a pencil. The notepads are the kind with kraft paper covers, and have quite narrow pages. I’d been wondering about trying it out, because I think I might like to do my planning and to take my writing notes in two different places without the hassle of two different notebooks – but I’m not sure. Have you ever used a traveler’s notebook, o Readers? How do you like it?

So yes: one can be given three notebooks together, and be perfectly happy with the idea, because there’s no such thing as too many notebooks, and because they are so very different for each other that they are bound to make for a varied writing experience.

I’ll let you know – but I do love Saint Lucia!

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* By the way – why isn’t it snowing on WordPress blogs this year? What have they done with the December snowfall?