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, November 27, 2016


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 
needs washing!
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
freshly baked
(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!


Francie Newcomb said...

So beautiful and natural! I love this instead of lots of lights. Thanks for inspiring me to get going, friend. Right now I just have wreaths on the door. Tomorrow I will clean a little first, then get out the Spode "Christmas Tree" and put our little skinny tree up in the front window, which may be all we do. We'll see. Love to see your Advent post.

Bernideen said...

Linderhof looks lovely!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

The house looks lovely. I, too, appreciate the natural and traditional Christmas decorating. Though I do like 1950s Christmas lights with the big bulbs in primary colors, I am aghast at these horrid glaring super-bright LED lights in purple that my neighbors put up. But, to each his's Christmas time.

Seetha Ram said...

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