Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday Trivia - Christmas Tree

 Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition 
in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. 

Some built Christmas pyramids of wood 
and decorated them with evergreens and candles 
if wood was scarce. 

It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, 
the 16th-century Protestant reformer, 
first added lighted candles to a tree. 
Walking toward his home one winter evening, 
composing a sermon, 
he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. 
To recapture the scene for his family, 
he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles. 

Copied from A History of Christmas blog.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Coffeebar- Intelligentsia

 My new favorite place for coffee. 

I have seen their coffee beans at whole foods and standard market 
but had no idea they had coffee bars. 
Clearly I need to go into the city more often.  

 Love them!   

And wish they were closer to me so I could try 
one of everything…immediately.   
As the caffeine high would make impossible to be around 
I had to choose one.

The photo above is of a mocha latte.
Wonderful, but not my order.

  But I had the RuvumbuRwanda individual brew coffee
with side of steamed soy milk.   
Dark, rich and complex.   
I was rotating drinking it black and 
in another cup 
with the soy milk.  
 It was amazing either way.  
 I will need to pick up the beans the next time I’m shopping. 

A little caffeine never hurts to get us to the finish line...
Christmas :-)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday Trivia - Christmas Wreath

In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths 
as a sign of victory. 
Some believe that this is where the hanging of wreaths
 on doors came from.

The origins of the Advent wreath are found
in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples who, 
during the cold December darkness of Eastern Europe, 
gathered wreaths of evergreen 
and lighted fires 
as signs of hope in a coming spring
 and renewed light. 
Christians kept these popular traditions alive.

copied from A History of Christmas 

Here's my wreath.  I have boxwood this year.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pouch Directions
 a quick &  easy pouch
to hold a special gift,
note or gift certificate

here are the directions:

Something you could whip up today.
Perfect for holding jewelry or special somethings. 
You can use one of my .pdf patterns for the cover 
design or use a pretty fabric of your own.