December 08, 2006
The Joy Of Sunday Dinner
Families gathered round the dinner table is a wonderful thing to me. Gathering around the table for a traditional Sunday dinner is even more special. We set aside Sunday as a time of rest, reflection, and praise. Why not take that one step further and add the tradition of the Sunday dinner. Instead of using your regular plates, why not bring out your special china if you have some? Light some candles, add a beautiful floral or seasonal centerpiece, put on some soothing, relaxing soft music in the background and sit down with your family and share a special meal. What are we waiting for? Why let your pretty china sit on the shelf only to collect dust? Instead of waiting for the perfect time, the perfect company, etc. use it now! Aren't are families deserving of the "best?"
We were in a restaurant recently and we literally felt like we had to scream at each other in order to be heard. Our food was overcooked, overpriced, and not that tasty. Once the tip was included we left their with our wallets a let less full than when we came. And for what? Looking back, it was really not that an enjoyable experience. I could have prepared a lot more tasty meal for a lot less money at home. We wouldn't have to shout at each other and we would actually be able to enjoy one another's company. Sure, it is wonderful to go out to eat occasionally, but I am loving home more and more. Besides, that's where I want our memories made:)
It takes very little expense to set a lovely table. I wanted to show you a picture of our Sunday dinner table to show that you can make it "special" for your family on a budget. The candles came from the dollar store, I got the tablecloth and napkins for 75% off at the after- Christmas sales and I got the pretty goblets from Arbys, of all places, for 99 cents apiece! If you look around long enough you CAN find some wonderful things to set a beautiful table with VERY affordably.
The dollar stores are wonderful places to not only find the candles that you will need but also the materials to make beautiful centerpieces. How about going to the grocery store and picking up one of the bouquets for $2.99, or better yet, go out in your own backyard and start cutting your own flowers. Let your children get involved in setting the table and let them share in the excitement of the preparation for that special meal.
Tasty, wholesome food DOES NOT have to cost a fortune. Plan your meals in advance, cook more from scratch, and clip coupons. It can be done, I promise. Isn't it so worth it to be able to provide your family with the wonderful experience of sitting down together for a meal? And I'm not just talking about Sunday, this can be done other nights of the weeks as well. You will be so happy you did and your husband and children will be too! What are you waiting for?? How about THIS Sunday??