Tonight I had a notion that we should have a get-together early in the New Year.
A couple years ago we had a New Year’s morning party where we served only popovers and beverages. It was a hit and easy to pull off.
But I don’t like to repeat parties exactly the same from previous ones so I looked more closely at the calendar. Actually my first action was to get Charlie and Sug on board. The three of us are a great entertaining team.
So January 6th is Epiphany, the feast day that commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child.
We’re planning to invite people from many different constituencies. Design themes might include stars or camels or gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I’ll try to come up with something.
I also like to find out if there is one special food that is unusual and unique to the event. In Europe Epiphany is often celebrated with galette des rois, or King’s cake. Unlike the king cake used at Mardi Gras, this king’s cake is a puff pastry tart filled with almond creme.
I have less than 3 weeks to get this party planned. I need to put myself in high gear.
Yesterday evening Charlie drove up to the house with a Christmas tree on top of his car.
He had stopped by Home Depot and picked out just the right balsam fir. He’s much more selective than I am. I get tired of looking and I’ll take the next one. Charlie will look at every tree for form, height, and proportion.
He cut a small slab from the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to soak up more water.
Then we propped it up in a bucket of water on the porch. I’m hoping Charlie will set up the tree in the living room while I’m at work.
Do you have a tree? Real or artificial? Cut it yourself of choose it from a tree lot?