Twelve Days of Christmas: Eleventh Day

 In Lessons from a Small Town

Nana’s three-tiered cookie     plate is now a centerpiece

As a child, we ate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts in our dining room. Mom loved to keep the tradition alive of serving a flaming fruit cake on Christmas Eve. I personally did not like the homemade dessert but I sure did like when she lit the brandy and poured it over the cake. The baked dome came alive like a volcano. One year there was an over flow of the lit liquor and it spilled into the lap of my father and onto his plaid holiday pants. Crisis was averted with a quick smothering of the flame with his cloth napkin.  But the laughter continued long after. I do not light anything on Christmas Eve, but my dining room comes alive with plenty of laughter and merriment.


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me,


eleven guests for dinner,

             2017 Holiday table

ten fancy crackers,

           nutcracker collection

nine candy canes,

      miniature candy canes

eight Christmas angels,

new and old Christmas angels

seven pickle liqueurs,

antique ice bucket and pickle liqueurs

six cookie cutters,

three generations of cookie cutters

five… Christ..mas cards,

My favorite Burgess Christmas cards 1956,1957,1960,1961,1963

four vintage snowmen,

old fashioned snowmen candles purchased in 1990’s

three special balls,

David’s, Samantha’s and Richard’s ornaments

two wooden skis,

 Kim’s wooden skis
          (circa 1956)

and a Christmas plate for Santa’s midnight snack.

1978 Christmas cookie plate

The table is all set and awaiting family.


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