I have left the above issue of Victoria Classics with several of the ladies who allowed us to be their guests. While reading the articles I thought how nice it would be to have your children read them aloud to learn how to prepare for hospitality at home. They are easy to understand and elegantly written,
The photographs are inspiring. One article shows how to find things around your home, even if mis-matched, to use for a tea time ceremony. One particular sentence stands out:
"Never underestimate the power of a well-set table."
Everywhere I ate, the table was set.
If you are interested in teaching your girls how to be ladies, consider using this issue as one of their textbooks and see what can be gleaned from it. One thing I have done when there was a magazine I used often in homeschooling, was take it apart and insert the pages in plastic sleeves designed for a three-ring binder. That makes it easy to add other pages of notes and comments inbetween or within articles. It is a good idea to incorporate Biblical examples of hospitality and Bible teaching on the subject. This could make a great addition to a homemaking notebook.
As a final note, do not be too reluctant to collect a tea wardrobe of dishes and centerpieces. While it is true that the accumulation of material things is not what we are all about, these vessels are used to serve The Lord, for when you entertain strangers (those outside the family), you entertain angels unawares. Long after you have passed on to your eternal reward, others will use your things to continue the ministry of hospitality in your memory and in compliance with our Lord's admonition to show hospitality to strangers and "especially to the household of faith." Galations 6:10