No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Barry and Meghan arrived around 10 pm last Saturday evening after a long drive across New York State to find this room lovingly prepared for them.
Since we have spent so many Christmas' away from our home Kara and I thought of a few easy finishing touches that we would be happy to find as a guest in some one's spare bedroom.
- Kara thought a personal Christmas tree would provide a space for some quiet retreat time away from the family activities serving as mood lighting for the room.
- Since we had an extra microwave oven, we tucked it into the room along with a wooden, breakfast in bed, tray complete with twoCurrier & Ives mugs, Serendipity Hot Cocoa Mix, spoons, napkins and two homemade cupcakes.
- I added a vanilla bean candle, book of matches and the Sansevieria trifasciata( mother-in laws tongue) plant for some comic relief ;~) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansevieria_trifasciata
Kara had the great idea to offer Meghan, kitchen time and space for her to share O'Reilly-green family traditions and recipes. After all, being together for Christmas is not about converting someone to a certain way of thinking; it is about making a larger circle. We are anxious to learn new ways to celebrate from Meghan.
These hints should make anyone feel more welcome in your home as a guest and new family member.