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.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

It's Advent



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.

Amen

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

6 comments:

Bookie said...

Oh, Martha, sorry to have missed you. But so glad you had a good time. It did not work out for me and I so wanted to go. Carthage had home tours for many years...have not had recently. Hope this was so successful that they start doing regularly again. Your pictures are so nice and I enjoyed them. Thanks for posting them!

Bookie said...


Whoops, Martha, I was on the wrong page! But thoughts are the same. Lovely post about Advent. I too think things are to be used. Also given. Today a young gal came to buy my mother in law's floor loom. We sent her home with 3 boat shuttles and some of my weaving books as well. She is young and an art teacher and she will use these things..time to pass them all on! Your post also reminded me to drag out my Christmas book collection! Yes, Advent has begun....

Pondside said...

I have never had a set of Christmas china, but have always loved the Spode Christmas Tree. I think if I had special Christmas dishes, I'd do as you do, and use them all month.

Lavender Cottage said...

As always, you set a nice tea table. We have a Starbucks in the city north of us and it's always a treat to get a seasonal latte there, I've not had the gingerbread.
I have dishes with snowflakes on that we'll use until spring.
Judith

Lavender Cottage said...

As always, you set a nice tea table. We have a Starbucks in the city north of us and it's always a treat to get a seasonal latte there, I've not had the gingerbread.
I have dishes with snowflakes on that we'll use until spring.
Judith

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
Lovely setting in the breakfast room for your afternoon tea!!! I adore your Christmas plates!!! The Advent candle is radiant on the sideboard! Thank you for sharing your Advent traditions with us!
Fondly,
Pat