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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Feast fit for a King, on the Eve of the Birth of the Newborn King

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Hark the herald angels sing

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"Glory to the newborn King!

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Peace on earth and mercy mild


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God and sinners reconciled"


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Joyful, all ye nations rise

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Join the triumph of the skies


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With the angelic host proclaim:

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"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
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Hark! The herald angels sing

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"Glory to the newborn King!"
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Christ by highest heav'n adored
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Christ the everlasting Lord!
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Late in time behold Him come
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Offspring of a Virgin's womb
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Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
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Hail the incarnate Deity
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Pleased as man with man to dwell
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Jesus, our Emmanuel
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Hark! The herald angels sing


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"Glory to the newborn King!"
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I have been blessed to spend every
Christmas Eve of my life with my
brothers.

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Being of German decent, we have
always  had our main celebration
of Christmas, on Christmas Eve. When
we were young, our Mom and Dad
always hosted Christmas Eve.
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I am now fortunate, to carry on the
tradition of hosting Christmas Eve in
my home.
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After a lovely mass, at which my
daughter sang in the choir, we
gathered at our home.
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Way too many hors d’oeuvres were
followed by our first course of clams
and oysters on the half shell and
shrimp cocktail.
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Our main course was Poached Salmon
with a Dill Sauce;
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Linguine with white clam sauce;
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and Lobsters.
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It seems that real lobster eaters have a
preference; tails or claws. So that
everyone can have their preference, I
serve a platter of tails and a platter of
claws.
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I truly hope that each of you enjoyed a
blessed Christmas with those that are
closest to you.
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Merry Christmas. Glory to the newborn
King!

I’m joining the following memes. Be sure to visit them for inspiration:

  • Susan at Between the Naps for Tablescape Thursday 
  • Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
  • Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things for Friday Pretties
  • Jerri at Simply Sweet Home for Friday Favorites
  • Laurie   at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday Looking forward to seeing you at Seasonal Sundays (see tab at the very top of the post for details).

    - The Tablescaper



  • Saturday, December 25, 2010

    Candy Land –Seasonal Sundays #30


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    Welcome to Seasonal Sundays # 30.
    IMG_0514At this point, I hope that all of you are filled to an abundance with Christmas joy.
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    I’m also hoping that everyone isn’t too exhausted to share their photos of their celebrations with us at Seasonal Sundays! LOL!
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    This was our Christmas Eve table for the young people. Most of them are almost young men and women, so it’s a bit hard to call it a Children’s Table. Our crowd was smaller than ever this year and we all could have squeezed in the dining room, so I gave my children the choice of sitting in the dining room or continuing with their own table in the kitchen. You see they made their choice.
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    I love the child like wonder and fantasy that fills this table. Santa Claus is coming to town!
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    We best leave a few carrots for the reindeer.
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    With at tablescape that you could almost bite into.
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    Ornaments from Walmart served as napkin rings. The little round bowls were a recent Christmas Tree Shop purchase, whereas the red square plate and napkin are Christmas Tree Shop purchases from years ago.
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    The green round mats were also a Christmas Tree Shop purchase from this year, but the candy cane chargers were another Christmas Tree Shop purchase from years ago.
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    I can’t remember where I got these tumblers. I think Crate and Barrel – many years ago. The glass has a nice thin edge and I would love to have more, but have never seen them again.
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    The flatware was a very recent indulgence from HomeGoods. I just couldn’t resist.
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    I purchased Santa and his reindeer last year at an after Christmas Sale at the local Villeroy and Bach store, which is sadly no longer there. I must say, they are magnificent.
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    IMG_0563 I hope that your Christmas was merry and…
    I wonder what Santa is bringing me
    …that Santa made all your dreams come true.
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    Merry Christmas. May your hearts be filled with Christmas joy.

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    I’ll be sharing my main Christmas Eve table in my next post. Hope to see you then!

    - The Tablescaper

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Ladies Christmas Luncheon 2010

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    Welcome to my Ladies Christmas Luncheon!
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    When you arrive, I have a cocktail waiting for you.
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    I love to make my guests feel special by having an interesting cocktail to welcome them.
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    This year we had Pomegranate Martinis.
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    A number of years ago, as I made my way through the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I realized that something was missing.
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    I host a lavish Christmas Eve and a smaller event on Christmas Day, both for my family.
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    But, as much as I love my family, I realized that the “something” I was missing, was the that I needed to celebrate this wonderful time with my friends, as well. That began my annual Ladies Christmas Luncheon.
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    While we’re busy decorating and shopping and wrapping and baking and writing cards and everything else we put into this holiday…
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    …don’t forget to take time to celebrate your friendships.
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    Each place was marked with a little gift for each of my friends.
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    And this year the weather was fair, so our Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen was able to join in my celebration. It was wonderful to have her with us.
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    I was anxious to use my new Mikasa plates that I got from Christmas Tree Shop. I chose the mistletoe design…
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    …and the holly design.
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    I like the crisp white background.
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    The napkins were a Century 21 purchase. The holly napkin rings are from Walmart, many years ago.
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    We started with shrimp cocktail followed by creamed mushroom chicken tarragon upon a pastry shell (but I realize you can’t even see the pastry - LOL!); grilled baby zucchini topped with pomegranates; and a salad of mixed Spring greens with red pears, parmesan shavings, candied walnuts and a lemon, olive oil dressing.
    Lots of red and green! It’s so hard to take food photos in the midst of entertaining, but I snagged this one so  could share it with you. The grilled zucchini don’t look too appetizing, but they were tasty!
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    Hope that you make time to enjoy the season – with your family AND your friends.
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    Merry Christmas to all of my friends in blogland. I wish I could gather all of my friends from blogland around my table. Please know that you are there in spirit.
    I’m joining the following memes. Be sure to visit them for inspiration:



  • Susan at Between the Naps for Tablescape Thursday 


  • Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday


  • Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things for Friday Pretties


  • Jerri at Simply Sweet Home for Friday Favorites


  • Laurie   at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday Looking forward to seeing you at Seasonal Sundays (see tab at the very top of the post for details).

    - The Tablescaper
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