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The First Sunday of Advent 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022


Have you finished your Christmas decorating?  Hopefully I will be finished by Thursday.

Happy First Sunday of Advent, My Lovelies!

For each of the four Sundays of Advent 2022 I will be sharing my favorite tips to help YOU make your holiday prep easier.  These days it takes me about three times longer to accomplish a task, so I need all the help I can get this season!

But first, today we light the candle that represents hope:

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
    You who lead Joseph like a flock;
You who are enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth.
     In the sight of Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up Your strength,
    and come and rescue us.

Restore us again, O God,
    and cause Your face to shine,
    and we shall be delivered.

O Lord God of Hosts,
    how long will You be angry
    against the prayers of Your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
    and have given them tears to drink in great measure.
You make us contention for our neighbors,
    and our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us again, O God of Hosts,
    and cause Your face to shine,
    and we shall be delivered.

~Psalm 80:1-7 (MEV)

And now....this week's tip:

The Easiest Way To Clean a Chandelier

Y'all, it had been such a long time since I'd cleaned our chandelier, that if I told you how long, you'd probably unfollow me.  ;P

I have been slowly (very slowly) deep cleaning our home one room at a time.  When I got to the dining room, I was a wee bit overwhelmed about the chandelier.  But my bestie Barbara told me her trick for how to clean one.  She learned how to clean chandeliers when she asked an employee of The Old Spaghetti Factory in Atlanta how they cleaned all the chandeliers in the restaurant.

Don't you want clean lighting before your Christmas guests arrive?  Sure you do!

What you'll need:
an empty spray bottle
white vinegar
sandwich baggies (optional)

Here's how you do it:

Take a spray bottle and pour one part white vinegar and one part water into it.  Place a tarp and then a towel or two on your table.  If you have shades on the candles, remove them.  TURN OFF YOUR CHANDELIER!  

Disclosure:  I am not an electrician.  If you are fearful you will short out your light fixture don't do this.  Use common sense!  You can place baggies over the candles and bobeches if you're concerned they might get wet.  Because there is no crystal above my candles I did not do this step.

Spray all the crystal (chains, prisms, pendalogues, column, etc.) until they drip a lot.  Once there is no more drippage, you may remove the towel and tarp because your chandelier is now clean.

I did not place a lot of confidence in this method, but it works, y'all, and it is a fast chore.  An added bonus for me is that I didn't need a tarp or towels because I have a glass topped dining table.  I just wiped down my table.  The vinegar and water cleaned it, too!  Win, win!

Just look at that sparkle and shine!

Will you try this method?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I'm going to try this method on my mini chandelier in my guest bathroom. I will be starting my Christmas decorating today. Our grandson FaceTimed with us on Saturday and asked if we put up our Christmas tree. His was up!

  2. Now this sounds very doable...thanks for the tip! How are you doing? I hope you have completed your radiation and have no burns from it.

  3. That's awesome. I don't have any chandeliers, but I will remember to share this with family & friends.
    Happy First Sunday of Advent!

  4. Wow, that's a great way to turn a dreaded chore into something easy!! Fa la la!

  5. I love all of your shades on your sparkly chandelier! Great tip, too!


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