Monday, December 27, 2010
Holiday Traditions: Sheets
As the festive end of the year approaches, we celebrate with our Christmas traditions: food, decorations, lights.
I put the best sheets on the bed.
For most of the year, my husband and I sleep on our old, much-washed white cotton sheets with the blue scallop trim. But when the year winds down, I break out the fancy sheets.
Christmas begins in October, with the pink cotton set and the red cotton set. My favorite color is hot pink, and when I saw sheets that color, I had to buy them. I had never slept on colored sheets before, so, when the red sheets went on sale, I bought them, too.
I alternate the red and pink sheets until Thanksgiving. Then the three sets of lace-trimmed and embroidered sheets emerge from the linen closet. Compared to these 200-to-300 thread per inch cotton sheets, my soft, most-of-the-year sheets scratch like sandpaper.
The week before Christmas belongs to the cream satin sheets. Satin sheets may sound like the height of luxury, but they're very slippery. The only way to prevent the bottom sheet from falling off the bed is to anchor it with garters. But no matter how often I tuck everything in, the top sheet still slides off, dragging itself and the quilt to the floor. And last, but not least, the fabric is so delicate we have to wear socks to bed so our toenails don't destroy the material.
I save the best sheets for Christmas and New Year's. For Christmas week, I use the cream silk sheets. The material is soft, but thin--the cloth equivalent of tissue paper. They don't slide as much as the satin sheets, but we still have to wear our socks to protect the delicate fabric.
We usher in New Year's with the white 52% cotton/48% silk jacquard print sheets. These sheets are sturdier than the all-silk ones, but the year begins, as it ends, with us wearing our socks to protect the bedding.
Alas, all holidays come to an end, and the week after New Year's, I store the fancy sheets away.
Except for the pink and red sheets. I'll use them again in February. Pink and red are Valentine's Day colors.
Thank you all,