little display on my kitchen island (really an old formica-topped desk
built by my dad) sums up so much of what I feel about a Christmas
kitchen. The Christmas bandanna underneath it all is one I bought many
years ago with just such a use in mind. The little "oil" lamp is from a
dollar store and the Merry Christmas ribbon some I bought at Walmart a
few years back. The two Gooseberry Patch books, Christmas Pantry and Comfort & Joy,
fit perfectly in my kitchen this time of year. The pantry is stocked
with plenty of cookies, fudge, and apricot fruitcake, and the makings
for many other food gifts. And I find my kitchen at Christmas time to
be truly a place of comfort and joy.
The "ribbon candy" is really ornaments, made by my daughter Joanna in 2007. I love the way she packaged them to look like real candy -- and I enjoy them as much (or more) as part of a display like this as I do hanging them on the Christmas tree. The cookie cutters are some of my favorites, and the oversized teacup is from the Mitford snowmen collection. (I found it in a consignment shop a few years ago.) The little rolling pin recipe holder with the candy cane handles was a gift from my granddaughters, and the cut-out cookie recipe is a favorite from my good friend Marilyn. I found the package of vintage light bulbs when we were cleaning the attic, and saved them for just such a use as this.
May your Christmas kitchen be a place like this... filled with sweet old memories and new ones being made... a place where you and your family find joy and where others find comfort too... a place from which your light shines forth to encourage friends and neighbors at this blessed season.