Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sidling Into The Holidays

Minor effort now pays off handsomely during the domestic marathon that starts the week of Thanksgiving. The heavy rains of October are due to start any day now. Tidying the garden produces a serene landscape to contemplate over a plate of turkey.

Any entertainment preps that happen ahead of time can happen in multiples. The principle is that it's just as easy to give two dinner parties in a row as one. Deli treasures like imported sweet biscuits, choice preserves, and various pickled things make good hostess gifts. The actual gift is of time. One section of my pantry is an arsenal.

Get the silver polished, if you do silver. Casual reading of the southeastern tabletop replacement site brought the staggering news that the stainless steel flatware I chose long ago is now selling for more than sterling. Plan which linens to use. A once a year rotation is good for the stuff. Trying to figure out how to make millennials comfortable at the table led to my concluding that it makes sense to cover a buffet with the heirloom cloth and use the matching napkins on a bare table or with a plain low thread-count linen cloth.

A long now approach to the holidays eases deadline-itis. Christmas's twelve days dilute the intensity of the three back-to-back major meals of eve, morning, and dinner. The good part of the twelve days was related to me by a friend who studied and lived in New Orleans. The day after Christmas ends is opening day for carnival season, that closes on the Tuesday before Lent starts. When the sun is going down at 3:30, we need that perspective -30-

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