Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Candles and Carols


It's Christmas Eve.    What is done is done -- and what isn't -- then it isn't going to get done!     Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the Christmas holidays for the baking is all done and the gifts are all wrapped, decorating was done eons ago and we've played most of our Christmas CDs in rotation -- shamelessly singing along whenever we're alone!



One of our favorite Christmas decorations is our German pyramid.    We've had it "forever" and for the last few years it's not been brought upstairs -- and I'm not sure why!    Armed with a whole box of little red candles bought at a German Christmas shop in Stillwater, Minnesota, the pyramid made a reappearance in 2011.


We even lit it when we had afternoon tea on dreary gloomy days.    A definitely bright spot in an otherwise dreary December day.

One of my favorite things about Christmas Eve is the service of carols and candles at Church.    Here, it's an early service -- 7 p.m. but when I was a teen we always attended the midnight one in a church across town.    We loved leaving the church at midnight and knowing that it was Christmas Day and on the way home, driving through the Country Club Plaza where their Christmas lights burned brightly.    It was a truly magical Christmas Eve -- those Christmas Eves.

The pyramid with it's three levels tells the story of the birth of Jesus and every time I look at it -- while I breakfast or while I have tea, I think of the carols about that night oh so many years ago.


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing . . . 


God, rest ye Merry Gentlemen . . . 


Away In the Manger . . . 


We Three Kings . . .


While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks . . .

And at the end of service, when the carols have all been sung, when the lessons read especially the reading from Luke, the lights of the church dim, a candle is lit from the altar candle and row by row the church is bathed in candlelight as we sing . . .


Silent Night!


Our Christmas Eve tradition following church is eggnog and cookies and fruitcake while we enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas tree lights.     Tomorrow is the big day and company is coming and there are presents to be opened and a feast to consume!

But I love the peace and quiet that is Christmas Eve.     The only thing that would make Christmas Eve perfect is gently falling snow!

9 comments:

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Your Christmas Eve plan sounds spendid. Much like ours. Quiet time for the two of us.
Merry Christmas.

Southerncook said...

Your Christmas Eve sounds absolutely perfect. Have I told you that I too have a wooden pyrmiad very similar to yours but mine was made in Italy. I'll have to share a pic of it with you. I have not had much time to blog lately but hopefully with the New Year I will again.

Carolyn

Bernideen said...

Love the individual shots! I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend Martha!

Bookie said...

Lovely post...yes, the day is almost here...a special night of special things. Please hold the snow though until all families get safely to their destinations if it be more than a dusting. January was designed for snow and being snowbound. Heading for Wichita soon...Merry Christmas.

Pondside said...

I love the particular silence of Christmas Eve - look forward to that suspended-in-time feeling every year.
Merry Christmas, Martha, as you and your Jim celebrate with friends and family.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

You always decorate so beautifully Martha and your home looks so elegant.

Merry Christmas to you and your family on this lovely Christmas Eve.
Sam

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So pretty, Martha! Wishing a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours!...hugs...Debbie

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!

My Vintage Blankie said...

Merry Christmas. I enjoy your blog and your house is charming. Have a healthy '2012'. ~amy