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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Lunch Dinner

When I was growing up, we ate breakfast, lunch and supper. But on Sunday, after church in the morning, we had dinner. To me, dinner on a Sunday means around noon. However, supper has since changed its name to dinner, making for some confusion. When our son was dating his now-wife, she thought being invited for dinner meant in the evening, no matter which day of the week it was. To clear up the confusion, she came up with lunch-dinner. So today, 8 of us gathered around for lunch-dinner. How I love these family times. We laugh, talk, eat, talk, laugh, eat and talk some more.

The day was grey outside but warm inside. We lounged around the fire in the afternoon, playing Dutch Blitz and Chronology, some played on their laptops, others snoozed. But we were all together. And as the grey light of a drizzly day faded into darkness, we once again gathered around the table for faspa - a Mennonite tradition that I grew up with, consisting of a light meal of buns, cheese, cold cuts, pickles and cookies. Tea and coffee, of course.

I ran outside before dinner (lunch-dinner) to find something for the table centerpiece. Rosemary and vinca were the green and fresh so I hurriedly clipped them and plunked them into this jug. Fresh, growing things in winter are a treat. While outside I noticed that the vinca is beginning to bloom already, thanks to our mild winter.

The week ahead is a full one and this was a wonderful way to begin. Together.
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13 comments:

  1. What a lovely Sunday you had with your family and I so love your tablesetting, lovely dishes and centerpiece......:-) Hugs

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  2. We had some sunshine up here today - I'd have sent you some if I'd known you needed it!
    I like the new term your DIL has come up with for your Sunday noon meal. Do you know that psychologists acknowledge that one of the features of a 'successful' family is having a special vocabulary, meaningful only to family members - lovely that your DIL has added to your special family lexicon!

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  3. On rainy or dreary days I say ,"we have to own sunshine" and it seems you have done that with your beautiful table wear.

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  4. that needs to read, "make our own sunshine", maybe I am up a little too early.

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  5. That is funny! Growing up--AND STILL- we have breakfast, dinner (the noon meal)and supper (late afternoon meal). We weren't introduced to the term LUNCH, until we started school and had LUNCH at noon in the cafeteria.

    Now, as empty nesters, the DH and I have brunch (late breakfast, early dinner) and dinner/supper, early afternoon meal--which is the only FDA approved meal of the day, meaning a HEALTHY dose of the recommended daily requirements of all food groups. WOW...that sounds complicated--but it works for us!

    Thanks for sharing your family traditions with us. The one thing that I hope my children will never forget is the wonderful times shared around our dining room table.

    I enjoy seeing all your pretty tablescapes!

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  6. That is funny! Growing up--AND STILL- we have breakfast, dinner (the noon meal)and supper (late afternoon meal). We weren't introduced to the term LUNCH, until we started school and had LUNCH at noon in the cafeteria.

    Now, as empty nesters, the DH and I have brunch (late breakfast, early dinner) and dinner/supper, early afternoon meal--which is the only FDA approved meal of the day, meaning a HEALTHY dose of the recommended daily requirements of all food groups. WOW...that sounds complicated--but it works for us!

    Thanks for sharing your family traditions with us. The one thing that I hope my children will never forget is the wonderful times shared around our dining room table.

    I enjoy seeing all your pretty tablescapes!

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend time together as a family.
    My style of flower arranging too! (plunked!)
    ~Maggie~

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  8. Oh, the joys and tranquillity of a Sunday. Here it was very relaxed, I haven't totally recovered so we stayed in bed all morning with the girls, read stories and played games. It was fun :)
    I love your pitcher with the greenery ! It adds such a nice green and colourful touch ! I was thinking that next time I prune my shrubs, I should keep the branches and display them like this !

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  9. Your table looks so pretty and inviting. I love to think of you all having a lovely lunch-dinner together. I'd never heard of faspa and would love to learn more about Mennonite traditions! Thanks for your blog entry, Lorrie.

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  10. What a lovely combination of colors and how jealous of you I am to find rosemary growing in your yard. Mine is growing beside the sink. The family time you describe sounds wonderful and faspa...that's a meal I'd enjoy.

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  11. What a beautiful table setting, I love the yellow and blue, and rosemary is perfect with the jug.

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  12. I can identify with the confusion over supper and dinner...as our evening meals were always 'supper' when I grew up.

    Rosemary in the garden in January? I love it. All I have is parsley, chives and a wee bit of lemon balm.

    I need to check out Chronology...it's new to me.

    Enjoy the busy week ahead. I'm thinking it may include a visit with our mutual friend. Have fun.

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  13. Lots of posts to catch up on here Lorrie and I see you are certainly into Valentine.

    Meal descriptions changed here too. Always dinner time in the middle of the day and tea evening when I was a child. I guess because many men worked near to where they lived and came home for their main meal.

    Now of course it is lunch midday and dinner at night, except for Sunday when we have our main meal midday and call it Sunday dinner then Sunday tea at night.

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