This was a rare year
There was a whole week of November between Thanksgiving and December
The first Sunday in Advent was not Thanksgiving weekend Sunday
But this Sunday -- the 2nd day of December.
And on the First Sunday in Advent
the Advent Wreath is placed on the sideboard
And the first candle lit.
And on the first Sunday in Advent, the Christmas china comes off of it's shelf where
it lives 11 months of the year.
We use it as much as we can during December
For I believe if one has things, one uses them!
For tea, this afternoon, the Christmas china was used.
As we sipped and nibbled, we reread on how to make our fresh apple pyramid
(a favorite (of mine) Christmas decoration)
In the breakfast room, book, Harney's Hot Cinnamon tea, and a nosh
Our favorite boughten tea treat
A slab (it's too big to be called a slice)
of Starbuck's gingerbread.
Alas, there is no Starbucks in our town on the prairie
but friend Kate knows how much I love it and brought me a slice.
It made for a perfect tea today!
And afternoon tea alone is always with a book.
It's Advent and so a Christmas book was good reading.
I adore Williamsburg decorations and love this book which I've had for years!
And since it is the first Sunday in Advent,
This is the Propesy Candle
(The prophets have proclaimed God's promises to us throughout the Old Testament)
Dearest God, We thank you for coming to us in the form of a man, Jesus of Nazareth. We look forward to seeing you in a new way this Advent season, and ask that you might bring your light into each of our lives today.
It's Monday and there is no better Metamorphosis than the Advent Season so I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday