Christmas comes to Linderhof slowly now
Thanksgiving weekend is not a hectic week
madly decorating every nook and cranny.
But rather a time for family,
A time for friends
But on Sunday,
we do set up the Advent Wreath
(for it is the first of the four Sundays before Christmas)
and light the candle
And say a prayer
And . . .
we bake the very first of the Christmas cookies
Usually Christmas tree cutouts sprinkled with green sugar
This year however we made gingerbread cutouts
And . . .
We bring out the Christmas china
Eleven months of the year it lives in the top corner cabinet in the kitchen
Way up on top where they are out of the way
Come the first Sunday in Advent
We climb a ladder and swap them out for our beloved Indies breakfast china
So that it's handy for the month of December
Because (unless we're eating soup) that's our china of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Most of it is Royal Dolton Tartan
8 cups, saucers and plates bought on a long ago trip to England and the Royal Dolton potteries
(for the amazing sum of $8)
We added 4 more of each along the line for 12 seemed a better number
And because Royal Dolton Tartan was so expensive and we decided we needed dessert/salad plates,
we bought Lenox Holiday
We started with 12 but friend Shirley Ann pointed out that you really need 24
If you have a houseful for dessert, you'll have enough plates
If you serve both salad and dessert at a Christmas dinner party, the extra plates will come in handy.
It's always good to use the Christmas china again.
It's like an old friend who returns for a visit!