It's Advent . . .
Four Sundays and four weeks before Christmas.
Advent means "coming" in Latin.
And we await the coming of Jesus into the World.
It's our time to prepare for Christmas
And remember the real meaning of Christmas
Preparation begins with the Christmas china
For eleven months of the year it lives on the top shelf of this cabinet.
Totally unaccessible unless to get out the "big" ladder
But that's okay . . . for we don't use it.
Out comes the big ladder, down comes the china
And up goes the blue and white on the lower shelf
We forego using the Johnson Brothers Indies in December
because it lives on that top shelf!
And china that's been sitting in a cabinet for eleven months
Because it's real china, it's real hand washing!
Blue and white Indies is on the top shelf --
Christmas china is on the lower shelf
We also get out the Advent wreath
One candle for each Sunday in Advent
Lit each Sunday just before dinner
Then we head outside!
A fresh wreath on the door!
And greens and red berries in pots and boxes
Some are purchased . . .
Some are gathered in the woods
In the front urns
In the back boxes
And in the front window box
With greens in the urns and boxes and the big lighted wreath on the front porch
And candles in the windows, Linderhof looks quite festive for the season . . .
And this afternoon, I took time for a pot of tea
And two gingerbread muffins
(gingerbread muffins because we have new neighbors and I baked a batch
to welcome them to the neighborhood)
We also decorated the mantles with greens
No tree, no poinsettia . . .
We decorate slowly
This week, we'll get the Nativity set out and the German pyramid
The tree will come the following week
A freshly cut tree
And Scott City will make it's appearance and take over the breakfast room!