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Aprons Again

I am thinking about making some simple aprons to go along with some of my “Goodies in a Jar” that I am making for my family for Christmas. I was thinking about printing this poem on some cool paper to include, too! What do you think? I am very open to suggestions!

The History of ‘APRONS’ I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.

It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and… aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love…


Getting Ready for Christmas

Well, Thanksgiving is over. The first holiday in the annual rush of winter celebrations has come and gone, and now it is time to start thinking of Christmas. This is a very busy time for our family. Thanksgiving means we can finally put up the Christmas tree, and Darren doesn’t have a witty remark when I am be-boppin’ around the house singing Christmas carols.

We have two birthdays and an anniversary that happen around this time every year. I know, you are probably thinking, “Duh, Bridgit… anniversaries and birthdays do that every year.” But these “special” days make me think about the very special day coming up in December, and the different ways we can choose to celebrate it.

I will admit that I get sucked into the wide-spread commercialism that is involved with a secular Christmas. It is especially hard not to think of Santa and his workshop when you live near a town called North Pole. I even played chauffeur to my daughter’s “Black Friday” shopping experience this year. But as I was sitting in the car, waiting for Agnes and her friend to come back with tales of pushy people and big bargains, I started thinking about how I could make a difference this year.

I remember the old Advent calendar of my childhood, and how I would love taking it out every year. We used the same one a few years in a row, until the little paper doors were falling off, and my mother would always remind me “not to peek” and “be careful” as I looked at the beautiful treasures behind each glittery number.

I remember searching for the right Advent calendar for my daughter when she was younger. I wanted to give her the sense of tradition of this wonderful time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the anticipation and discovery of each wonderful gift under the decorated flap. I wanted to make it mean something to her.

We always celebrated both a secular and a religious Christmas, although the former meant more when I was younger, and the later means more to me now. I grew up Catholic, so we went to Mass for a lot of holidays. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was always, by far, the best! There were so many songs. We got to hold candles, and they turned out all the lights, save for the star over the stable scene. I even remember one year seeing Father D bring in the Baby Jesus, and place Him in the manger before we lit our candles and sang “Silent Night”. I knew who Jesus was, and what this Holiday was about, but it has just been the past few years that I have started to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

We have our little, simple Christmas tree in our living room this year. We have Santa on our door and well lit deer in our yard, but what are we doing this year to praise and glorify the God that gave us His most precious gift? How are we going to remember the One that was born to die for ALL our sins?

This year we have both a Jesse tree and Advent candles. We are going to spend time each day, as a family, in the Word. We are going to study the symbols of the Jesse Tree’s readings, and once a week, we are going to remember why Christ came, and celebrate in thanksgiving that He did.

I have been looking at so many sites about both of these ways to celebrate. I will post a list of links, if anyone cares to have a family Advent wreath or Jesse Tree. I will also try to post what scripture we are reading. The reading will be daily, but the posting, not so much… I will try to post the coming week, like a lesson plan, but I won’t promise.

Well, that’s all for now.

God Bless

Ephesians 3:17-21      17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (KJV)

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