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 21, 2012

Christmas Gifts

For the Lunch Bunch Christmas Lunch
I had to move the big poinsettia off the dining room table
for a more proper centerpiece.

I didn't move it far . . .

Just to the server in front of the windows, where, I think it looks smashing!
Much better than as a centerpiece!

I scooted the tray of decanters over a bit, and put both candles together 
leaving room for the rather large poinsettia 
(which was a gift -- a birthday gift -- not a Christmas one -- but poinsettias are often gifted for my birthday since it falls in early December -- but that's fine with me!)

The light was coming in the windows this afternoon and I loved how it lit the poinsettia.

I'm thinking that after the holidays, that I shall permanently (or at least during the winter)
keep a plant here -- it would be good for the plant and makes for a better tabletop, I think!
(Note the Asian stand under the plant -- I find that it's the best solution for plants on table -- it elevates the pot away from the table and you don't have to worry about water rings!)

We do exchange gifts -- The Lunch Bunch and I.
My gifts are always part of the table decoration
And for the last year or so, it has included a homemade treat
(pain d'epices, the French gingerbread this year)

And my gifts . . .

A tin of Gunpowder Green Tea.    Which actualy is my favorite green tea.
A jar of Sally's aunt's homemade mustard.    It is sooo good that recipients often hide it from their husbands -- and I could eat it from the jar with a spoon!
A Santa ornament . . .
And . . . the lead birds

Which have a story . . . .

I think they make a nice addition to the centerpiece --

The silver bowl full of pinecones and greenery . . .
The crystal sleighs full of vintage ornaments
And the two little lead "snow birds"!

The Story Of The Birds . . .

This summer, The Lunch Bunch did our annual road trip
to a lovely French restaurant in an area of Kansas City called Crestwood

And after lunch, we did the shops of Crestwood.
A favorite of mine is The Pear Tree . . .

And at the shop were these cute little lead birds.
I lusted after them but they were too dear for my purse
And so I had to leave them.

But I've thought about them . . .occasionally.

And to find them Thursday in the gift bag.
I was gobsmacked!

How thoughtful of these lovely ladies and dear friends!

They won't live permanently on the dining room table.
I'll find a better home than that.
But every time I see them I shall think of my dear friends
And their thoughtfulness!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Isn't it funny how we think we have things set in our rooms the way we want them, then when we make an unforseen change it becomes our favorite?

Merry Christmas!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a very sweet post...It's always new and refreshing to change things a bit!

Though I don't comment on your blog very often, I do enjoy reading it. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


Rebecca said...

Merry Christmas! The poinsettia DOES look quite fine there...and aren't you blessed with thoughtful friends?!?

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your lunch bunch gathering sounds like a good time and it was thoughtful for you to receive the lead birds.
Merry Christmas

lindaraxa said...

Aha! so we are both sagittarians! Happy belated birthday and a Merry Christmas to you, Jim and dear Dolly.

Julieta & Lucy

Pondside said...

What a sweet afternoon it must have been and what a pleasure to receive a gift that meant your friend was paying attention and wanted you to have something from her that would really touch your heart.

On Crooked Creek said...

Ah~h~h the simple joys of Christmas!!!
I adore the story of your lead birds and know how much you are appreciated by your Lunch Bunch!!!
Your poinsetta looks stunning in front of the window!!!
Merry, Merry Christmas, dear friend!!!