I remember the first Earth Day "celebration". I was in high school and there was a lot of concern about the environment. Younger Christians may scoff at Earth Day and think it a totally secular movement... but it shouldn't be.
If anyone should care about the Creation, it is Christians. And yes... I was influenced by Schaeffer. Both he and Edith wrote a lot about caring for the environment, especially as in America we had a river so polluted it caught on fire!
For me Earth Day is a good time to think about how amazing this world was created. As I plant seeds this week, I will definitely be thanking the One who made the dirt and the seed and the harvest to come.
If there ever was a true day of renewal and celebration, it is Easter (aka: Resurrection Day). Our weather was the best we have had in recent years, an irony since in gorgeous springs it seems Easter was cold and rainy and now here in that "winter that never ended or so it seems"... we had sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.
Lovely to celebrate Resurrection!
About a month or so ago, Mrs. Christopher asked if our families could have Easter dinner together at our house. We enjoyed our two Thanksgiving celebrations together since their wedding (and yes... they will celebrate their second anniversary next month!) so much that they thought Easter would be lovely. So did I.
I was already deep into spring cleaning when she asked but I love having people over. I enjoy the preparation and thinking of what the table will look like. I would serve ham and creamy cheese potatoes as usual and they brought everything else.
|This is the second "crop", the buds had not formed on these beauties the night we had freeze warnings.|
I did make a change in the desert. Instead of my usual creamy cheesecake dessert, I made the Philadelphia brand 9 x 13 baked cheesecake. It was delicious and oh, so easy. The recipe is... here.
I had blueberries in the freezer so I served it with homemade blueberry sauce instead of the recommended canned cherry pie filling. (I totally forgot to take pictures of the people or the food, we were having such a good time together.)
There is something special about coming around the table to celebrate His Resurrection, setting the table with Great Grandmother's Victorian china, enjoying the traditional foods from our home combined with those of Mrs. Christopher's family... and the fellowship of the saints.
Yes, it was a lot of work but enjoyable. I put the tablecloth and linen napkins in the washer to soak overnight as I always do after a celebration. The china was placed back in the china cabinet yesterday. The Noritake goblets (which actually match my wedding china) were returned to their home in the hutch.
The tablecloth was laundered and folded, then draped over a hanger in the office closet and the napkins folded and put away with the silver napkin rings in their drawer.
All is ready for the next celebration around the table. As for the hostess... she is taking a day of rest. ;)
Note: I love that tablecloth! It cost $1.00 at a thrift store as there are a few small holes in it but they are all near the edge where no one really notices, anyway.