Here’s the tray of cookies and candy the girls and I made to serve at Bible study on Wednesday night. We don’t usually make a huge to-do over holidays… for example I don’t seem to take the time to put up special decorations or host parties… but we do enjoy making special treats for special occasions, just for a little festivity!
The beautiful 3-tier tray belongs to my 15-year-old daughter. It was passed down to her from my mother who received it as a wedding gift in 1965. About a year ago, Mother was cleaning out cupboards trying to get rid of things she and Dad don’t have a use for. She asked me if I would like to have her cookie tray. She said that parties and showers are usually at their church fellowship hall these days, and they use disposable trays, so she didn’t really need them any more. Since my daughter seems to have a special gift for hospitality I suggested Mother give it to her. Mother liked that idea, and my daughter was thrilled to receive it.
Over the years my mother used her trays for parties and showers. As a pastor’s wife she had many opportunities to entertain. But she also used her nice things for “just the family” on special occasions. Even if we weren’t having company she usually had us set the table with the china and nice flatware for holiday meals. She believes that if you have nice things you ought to use them… not just keep them put up.