By Boot Recruit Myra
Cleaning up from Christmas, there was one task left to do: take all the pictures and cards down that had been sent throughout the season. A couple years ago, I borrowed an easy idea from a friend which eliminated all the “clutter” of how to display these cards, letters and photos. She went to the fabric store and bought enough clear plastic to cover her table and laid that over her Christmas table cloth. When cards and letters arrived, she slipped them under the plastic on the table. It was not only a fun way to display the cards & photos but it created many opportunities to talk about the people “at” the table whom we love and rarely see.
That year, it was the last thing to take down. It was February actually before I would even consider the task at hand. It became part of our dinner conversations as we looked at photos and thought about friends and family. We told fun stories about times spent together and prayed for military families displayed. About the same time I was procrastinating that decorative “removal” project, I was also lamenting the fact I’ve never been a great scrap booker. It just isn’t my thing. I love pictures, but there are so many worth displaying, I don’t because I can’t keep up with them. You see, I’m not a particular fan of dusting, so adding photo frames to every horizontal surface is overwhelming to me. I like a life of simplicity and order. Then it dawned on me: just change out the Christmas table, don’t take it down. Put on a new table cloth, and add pictures throughout the year of family and friends. Have an anniversary or birthday to celebrate one month? Put photos of every year of marriage, or of your child through the years; you know their friends will LOVE that! Add some artwork from when the kids were small. It will be an open scrapbook! And a space saver! No dusting, just a damp cloth after every meal.
Talking about memorable times together, thinking of friends, praying for those “under cover” not only make your dinner conversations full of variety but provides an opportunity to tell your guests, when they visit, about all the people at the table. Try this idea for the Thanksgiving Holiday: put photos of veterans on your table and let everyone say a word of thanks for those protecting our borders and guarding our freedom. July 2011 marks the 6th year since Operation Red Wing and Marcus Luttrell’s brush with death as portrayed in his book Lone Survivor. Put photos of Marcus and his comrades under the cloth with your patriotic photos. Take the time at the table to pray for the defenders of your freedom before sharing in meals together. Better yet, make a point to give back by purchasing a pair of boots from bootcampaign.com. Then add a photo of you n your boots to the table. Challenge your dinner guests to do the same. When they do, ask them to send you a photo with their boots ON, so you can proudly display them at your table!
I like the thought of a living scrapbook on the table for everyone to enjoy. Not only is it inexpensive to maintain, it doesn’t take up any shelf space. More importantly, it involves everyone at the table in a joyful celebration of life and liberty.