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 1, 2013

The Prophesy Candle

Our of our traditions at Linderhof
is the
Advent Wreath

And on each Sunday in Advent
we light a candle.

The first candle is the
Prophesy Candle

We are getting ready for Christmas
s l o w l y
As we have in years past
Enjoying each bit of decorating
before we bring out the rest.


We got out the old Nativity set
And put it on the server in the dining room
A perfect place, we think, for this treasure.

Old for it belonged to my grandmother
And was a favorite "toy" of my childhood.
Which explains the dents and dings.
But it shines with sentiment!

And we also got out

The Christmas china
We use the china from the first Sunday in Advent through Christmas.
Just enough for the two of us,
when we have company, we'll get the rest out of the armoire,
A mug for husband Jim
(for he hates to drink coffee out of cup and saucer)
and a wee cream and sugar for morning coffee
or afternoon tea.

And with Advent comes baking

Usually, our first batch is the cut-out cookies cut in the Christmas tree shape
and sprinkled with green sugar.

We broke tradition this year
And instead made

Cranberry Thumbprints

Leftover cranberry sauce in a shortbread type of cookie and drizzled with an almond glaze

Perfect for our Sunday tea.
Since it was the first Sunday in Advent
A special time
We used our silver teapot!
And lit the Prophesy Candle

It's the Advent season . . . 
greens, candles, red and green plaid and red and white cookies!

It's Monday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday, Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, Bernideen for Friend's Sharing Tea and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Pat said...

I adore your Tradition of Advent Sunday Tea, dear friend!!!
The Cranberry Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies bring cheerfulness to your Tea table.
The sun streaming through the Nativity is breathtaking!!!

Pondside said...

I had to leave home this afternoon, but I left the Advent Wreath on the dining room table, and the Christmas China, ready for use in the weeks to come. Your afternoon tea sounds perfect!

Bernideen said...

Everything looks so lovely and I imagine smells accordingly too!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

We have always had Advent wreaths, but I never knew of these separate names for the candles. My family didn't practice this tradition, but in high school I read Through the Year with the Trapp Family Singers and loved the descriptions of their Advent traditions. I decided to do this for my family and we did, and still do, meet on Sunday afternoons in Advent, light the candles and sing. We made family songbooks and sit around a round table and each in turn chooses the song. Then some tea, afterward. Your blog is lovely, a reflection of your life.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your Advent tea is so beautiful and the cookies look fabulous. Gorgeous setting. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty