How is your holiday decorating coming along? With Thanksgiving so late on the calendar this year, it seems we are having to squeeze everything in much faster to be ready by Christmas Eve. I never want to overlook Thanksgiving because I think the spirit of Christmas begins with a heart of gratitude, but it would definitely help if it came early in November! Maybe we can see about getting that changed.
Since we are talking about decorating, do you have your table set with Christmas dishes? This is my third year of using the Williams-Sonoma Christmas ones I purchased through a number of Ebay auctions. I still appreciate its variety of patterns, and I fully intended to go in the direction of the Nutcracker theme this year, but cookies and gingerbread just made more sense to me for a kitchen.
Instead of using the gingerbread house in the center of the table like I did last year, I decided to branch off of the Christmas tree theme in the pattern. I ended up stealing the two little trees out of the kitchen to use on the table since they were the perfect scale for there. (I am using live ones now in the kitchen.) In the center is a large red mixing bowl (from Hallmark several years ago) filled with bags of cookies tied with red and cream grosgrain ribbon.
It is not a fancy centerpiece, and it can be removed easily for meals if needed. (I don’t know how families are able to serve food on the table with some of the elaborate centerpieces I have seen lately.) You can see that the cabinet in the dining room has a wreath with the jute webbing like the kitchen window, and there are touches of red in the cookbooks and other things in there.
I did not use the jars of gingerbread houses on the antique cabinet this year. They are still in good condition, but I wanted a change. To store them, I simply remove the lid, cover it tightly with plastic wrap that is held in place with a rubber band, and put the lid back on. The jar is then kept in that cabinet until the next year. The gingerbread houses that are not in jars, are put in a super large zip lock bag and stored in our deep freeze. That is how I stored the one in the photo below this past year.
Again, I wanted to use the tree theme along with the gingerbread houses, so you can see that I added them to the little display here…along with some cookies for Santa.
And that wraps up the holiday decor in our dining room this year. The weather has not been very cooperative for taking indoor photographs, and it gets dark quite early now. So please forgive the lighting (and fuzziness) in some of these in today’s post.
Don’t forget as part of my Christmas Favorites, we are giving away a $25 Williams-Sonoma gift card in a random drawing on Sunday night (12/8/13.) Just leave a comment on any or all of the Christmas Favorites posts that publish between Nov.29 and Dec. 8.
From all your comments in the last post, it is obvious we need to have a huge cookie swap! (Great idea Lisa!) Good grief at the variety of cookies you all talked about, and I just loved all the ones that had a family connection to the cookie. I am leaving you with another question to talk about today so that you can jump right on in and comment for another chance to win the gift certificate.
Do you have a Christmas china pattern, and if so, what it is?
Can’t wait to hear from you!