Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Jaime Tree
The 'Greening of The Church' inspired us to come home and have the 'Greening of The Rectory'. (Don't you love how Anglicans can take an ordinary event and make it seem like The Event of the Year?")
Well, truth be told, the Staff and Volunteer Christmas Party is tomorrow, so the pressure is ON for the (%&^*@#) Christmas Tree to go up as well as the rest of the decorations.
This, while I'm trying to prepare lunch for 14.
I love to cook - especially for such an appreciative crowd.
The 'Martha Stewart' stuff I could do without.
Except for this. The Jaime Tree. This is the tree we planted this spring in memory of our daughter who died four years ago.
We decided to decorate her all in red, Jaime's favorite color. I think she looks grand. Simply grand.
Looking at her makes my heart twinkle and shine.
And, we "hung" Santa on our front door this year.
We used to put him in the rocking chair so the grandkids could sit on his lap. Not this year. Santa's on his own. The rocking chair is mine.
Ah, well. No good deed goes unpunished, as they say.
Back to preparing the shrimp. The chicken is all set to rock 'n roll and the vegetarian stuffing is cooked and in the fridge, ready to be warmed up in the morning. The guacamole is done and ready to be put out with the chips.
I'll start cooking furiously around 10 AM. Lunch is at noon.
Until then, it's Martha Stewart time. The fireplace mantle is done with everyone's baby picture stocking holder and appropriate Christmas stocking hung on it, but the Christmas Tree is yet to be decorated.
Ms. Conroy has pleaded for one hour of rest before we begin again. This is me, being magnanimous. Sounds like ignoramus. I fear she and I will collapse in a dead heap before the night is through.
What was it I preached this morning? Oh, yeah. "I am not the Messiah."
Pray for me and I'll pray for you.