I have looked all over the house for our Easter decorations. I keep them in a clear plastic storage box with a green top.
We don’t have much but I’d like to put out a few hints of spring this week.
After looking from the attic to the basement and everywhere in between I thought I might have stashed a box in the attic in the Cottage. I found a box of vases which also was storing 2 sets of hot rollers for hair. No wonder I can’t find anything.
Finally yesterday morning I cleared my mind and went back up in the attic in the house. After moving around a few boxes I spied a blue plastic storage tub with a blue top labeled “Easter”. That’s right, blue not green.
Everything from chicks to bunnies to eggs to egg holders for dying eggs were all packed safely away.
I even found some small egg-shaped soaps which I put in a small basket to remind us of new life.
I put these on an occasional table which also holds a cross bottle; a small bowl, pitcher, and towel; and a Limoges box with a fishing boat by the side of the sea.
All of these items remind me of Jesus and so are perfect for an Easter tableau.
But I digress. I put away the owl and the pussycat and replaced them on the kitchen window sill with a wooden bunny box.
Finally I’m embracing the hope of spring with floral pillows on the side porch.
By the way, today begins the 6th year of this blog.
What have you put away for safe keeping that you can’t find?
Although I still have a mighty cough, everything else is converging toward the positive.
First of all, my grocery shopping for the party is finished including two and a half dozen pink roses. My color scheme for this Christmas is blue/green/silver but I thought a warm color other than red would complete the look.
I’ll be using pink roses, pink candles, and pink napkins.
Second, my boss told me not to come in today. So, woo-hoo, I have another whole day to decorate and cook for our party.
Third, tonight is our final Christmas cantata. I’ll be conducting the choir and acting as worship leader and when it’s over I can relax for the rest of the weekend. There’s just one small riff that I hope I can drill into Charlie’s brain (he’s the accompanist) before we perform.
This year I have been so excited about Christmas but at the same time other projects are keeping me from getting out the decorations.
But we have to start somewhere and here’s what we’re up to.
My son and his wife brought us a spray of pine for the door, 2 Norfolk Island pines, and a fresh-cut Frasier fir Christmas tree.
Charlie pulled out the Christmas lights from the attic and started checking the strands to see if he could get enough for the tree and maybe a little outdoor lighting.
I’m waiting for all the boxes of tile that have been sitting around in piles for the past few months to be stuck onto the walls. Then the corners where the tile has been will be opened up for other things: the olive trees, for instance.
But in spite of my tardiness I have purchased gifts for the most important people in my life and have mailed the ones that go out-of-state.
Last night I attended ladies’ night at our local Ace hardware store just for the fun of it and to see if there was anything there that would be good and useful gifts for the folks I work with.
My final and favorite stop for last minute Christmas gifts is Trader Joe’s. They always have something delicious (candy, dried fruit, nuts, panettone) and well-packaged (cinnamon brooms, rosemary trees) that will surely be appreciated.
Do you have a cherished decoration that means Christmas to you?
This year, since Christmas is on Friday, the day after Christmas seems like a perfect day for an open house. The day after Christmas, December 26th, is known Boxing Day or the Feast of St. Stephen.
Like many traditions we can only surmise the origin of Boxing Day which likely began in England during the Middle Ages. Some historians say the holiday developed because servants, having worked on Christmas Day, were presented with gift boxes as they went to spend their day off with family.
Another theory is that alms boxes placed in churches were opened and the contents distributed to the poor on December 26, which is also the Feast of St. Stephen. St. Stephen was one of the seven original deacons of the Christian Church who were ordained by the Apostles to care for widows and the poor. For the success of his preaching and his devotion to Christ, St. Stephen was stoned to death by a mob. As he died, he begged God not to punish his killers.
As with all parties I’ll need to get the invitations out, plan a menu, and get the house ready. Since December is a busy time for parties I’m going to try to get the invitations designed and printed forthwith.
I have created a tentative menu featuring the ham I’ll be getting from my employer.
Ham with pineapple and cherries – brown sugar and vinegar glaze