The dark time of the year is also one of the most festive. The fairies are busy readying their little homes to prepare for all the happy visits from friends and family ... and Santa Claus of course. After all, Santa wouldn't miss this chance to party with his kinfolk!
Most of us have some cherished decorations that we lovingly bring out and display for the whole Yuletide season. It's nice to bring in some of Mother Nature's evergreen decorations too such as a pine, holly and cedar boughs to warm up and brighten our homes which remind us that the trees are only sleeping and life is an everlasting cycle.
A lot of fairies have small homes and so it may seem silly to have dishes with Christmas motifs that can only be used once a year. While a full set of dishes might cramp their style (or storage spaces!), a single decorative serving plate or tray is a very pretty accent to set out with some cookies, nuts, or other Christmas fare. The fairies have at least one such plate in their homes, stocked with yummy treats to welcome anyone who might stop by ... especially the biggest elf of all - Santa!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2016
The fairies in Meadow Sweet Grove are an old-fashioned lot and they approach much of today's problems with yesterday's solutions. Disposable items are not too appealing to them and only used when absolutely necessary.
One disposable item that is easy to reduce in your household are throw-away paper tissues. The use of a cotton hankie is a great way to help Mother Nature and save money! And if you buy vintage, your footprint is even less, as the item was manufactured long ago and has already paid its due. If you buy just 1 box of Kleenex every month, your outlay is at least $12 and maybe as high as $36 per year. With vintage hankies around $3 each, depending on quality, you could buy 1 dozen hankies ... and have them for many years. Every little bit helps and when you replace disposable items with reusable ones, you really do save $$$.
But what about germs? There are so many uses for a hankie and if you are worried about germs - just don't! Don't use it when you have a cold but do use it in so many other ways.
I rediscovered hankies when my child was born and was given lots of "baby washcloths". Well, I wound up using them for everything - spills in coffee shops, wiping the corners of baby's mouth, wrapping up pine cones, etc. found on our walks, creating a make-shift napkin/tablecloth for eating at a park picnic bench - you name it! Long after my child grew out of this stage, I was still using them but found that hankies were so much better - thinner than terry washcloth material and larger. I even tucked one at the back of my heel when a blister developed on a long walk to stop the rubbing! You will find countless uses once you start carrying one and wonder how you ever did without it. Put one in your pocket, your purse and your car. And when it's dirty? Simply throw it in the wash along with everything else!
My father and grand-father always carried about a cotton hankie with them. And speaking of germs, my husband's grandfather had a lot of very worn and well-used hankies in his possession - a man who lived to 101 years I might add! Old ways sometimes really are best.
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