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A Christmas Tablescape

We've always had Christmas and Thanksgiving at our house, but since our daughter and her family have moved back to Big Rapids, we've split the holidays. She has hosted Thanksgiving, and I have continued hosting Christmas.

We usually eat brunch as we're opening gifts and then snack all day while we wait for our big dinner.

A couple of years ago, we had my daughter's family over for dinner one night and I added a pretty centerpiece and battery-operated, child-safe candles to the table. Our sweet Levi was about four years old and when he sat down at the table he exclaimed, "This is pretty!!" His little face was low to the table, because he was short, and it was all lit up and sparkling. I've never forgotten it and always been surprised that a little guy would even notice.  But apparently, everyone loves a pretty table!
We don't sit down to the table until dinner time and every year I use the same dishes. My husband bought them for me when we were still on a tight budget and I've had them for about twenty years now. They bring back memories of when our children were little and all the Christmases we've shared.
This plate set has been a great neutral and has worked every year, no matter what color I was decorating with that decade! :) The last several years I've placed them on gold chargers.
I replaced my large sleigh centerpiece with this small wooden sleigh and some gold deer that echo the plate pattern. Faux evergreen boughs line the middle of the table, draped with gold ribbon and ornaments.
Every year I buy paper napkins at HomeGoods. They always have the prettiest patterns for the holidays. This year I tucked them into my gold stemmed wine glasses.
The candlesticks are from Ballard and come in a set of five. For some more bling, I added some ornaments to our chandelier.
My favorite combination this year is this dark blue and gold. 








If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone, my dear friend, Kristin Malloy, has a beautiful Christian worship CD out. I just got it Friday and have just about worn it out. It is beautiful! You can purchase a download on her website KristinMalloy.com  If you live in the Big Rapids area, you can buy a copy at Resurrection Life Church.
I'll be back soon with our Christmas buffet and our kitchen. We finally got our back splash done this summer and I'm excited to show it to you!

love and blessings~
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Luke 2
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Home & Garden

A Christmas Tablescape

We've always had Christmas and Thanksgiving at our house, but since our daughter and her family have moved back to Big Rapids, we've split the holidays. She has hosted Thanksgiving, and I have continued hosting Christmas.

We usually eat brunch as we're opening gifts and then snack all day while we wait for our big dinner.

A couple of years ago, we had my daughter's family over for dinner one night and I added a pretty centerpiece and battery-operated, child-safe candles to the table. Our sweet Levi was about four years old and when he sat down at the table he exclaimed, "This is pretty!!" His little face was low to the table, because he was short, and it was all lit up and sparkling. I've never forgotten it and always been surprised that a little guy would even notice.  But apparently, everyone loves a pretty table!
We don't sit down to the table until dinner time and every year I use the same dishes. My husband bought them for me when we were still on a tight budget and I've had them for about twenty years now. They bring back memories of when our children were little and all the Christmases we've shared.
This plate set has been a great neutral and has worked every year, no matter what color I was decorating with that decade! :) The last several years I've placed them on gold chargers.
I replaced my large sleigh centerpiece with this small wooden sleigh and some gold deer that echo the plate pattern. Faux evergreen boughs line the middle of the table, draped with gold ribbon and ornaments.
Every year I buy paper napkins at HomeGoods. They always have the prettiest patterns for the holidays. This year I tucked them into my gold stemmed wine glasses.
The candlesticks are from Ballard and come in a set of five. For some more bling, I added some ornaments to our chandelier.
My favorite combination this year is this dark blue and gold. 








If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone, my dear friend, Kristin Malloy, has a beautiful Christian worship CD out. I just got it Friday and have just about worn it out. It is beautiful! You can purchase a download on her website KristinMalloy.com  If you live in the Big Rapids area, you can buy a copy at Resurrection Life Church.
I'll be back soon with our Christmas buffet and our kitchen. We finally got our back splash done this summer and I'm excited to show it to you!

love and blessings~
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Luke 2
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Christmas Tablescape

Have I ever mentioned that where we live, the nearest mall is an hour away?  An hour away.  When I want to go shopping, it's like taking the covered wagon and going into town for supplies.  You have to clear your schedule, fill the car with gas, notify your family you're going to be gone all day and take off at dawn.

So when my husband told me early last week that the dentist said he might need a root canal and made him an appointment in Grand Rapids, I was thrilled!  I promptly texted my daughter and told her that dad had a dentist appointment and I was going to Grand Rapids on Thursday!  She, of course, was horrified at my attitude!  So I back-tracked.  Yes, it's awful that dad might need a root canal.  But did you hear that his appointment is in Grand Rapids?!

Haha!  I drove him down, slowed down in the dentist's parking lot enough for him to jump out, and yelled out the window, "Text me when you're done!" as I drove off to HomeGoods.

You know I'm kidding.  (sort of)  It's just that when I hear that you "stopped in"  Hobby Lobby and picked up this or that clever thing, I'm really envious!  That doesn't happen in my life!

Okay.  Moving on.

Our daughter's family will be visiting the 'other grandparents' for Christmas so our crowd will be smaller on Christmas day and there will be no little ones.  With that in mind, I'm planning to make a prime rib and seafood dressing for Christmas day.  I also thought we'd enjoy a more formal table setting.

I've had these Christmas dishes for many years.  My kids were small when I got them and I remember how pretty they thought they were and how careful they were when we used them.
I used a sleigh filled with evergreen, pine cones, poinsettias and tiny silver and gold packages in the center of the table surrounded by gold deer, which match our plates.
Gold chargers and gold stemmed wine glasses tie everything together.
I found these dish towels made my Better Homes and Gardens and laid them in a row down the center of the table to create a table runner.  The gold and silver trees and stars are perfect.

I also found these gold damask paper napkins at HomeGoods on one of my trips into town and put them festively into our wine glasses.




I've told my family they have to leave the table like this until Christmas day.  ;)
I always fill our counter top in the dining area with egg nog or punch and hor d'oeuvres and desserts. I'll be back later this week to share that and our kitchen.

love and blessings~
"Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child."  Luke 2

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Home & Garden, Tips & How To

Christmas Tablescape

Have I ever mentioned that where we live, the nearest mall is an hour away?  An hour away.  When I want to go shopping, it's like taking the covered wagon and going into town for supplies.  You have to clear your schedule, fill the car with gas, notify your family you're going to be gone all day and take off at dawn.

So when my husband told me early last week that the dentist said he might need a root canal and made him an appointment in Grand Rapids, I was thrilled!  I promptly texted my daughter and told her that dad had a dentist appointment and I was going to Grand Rapids on Thursday!  She, of course, was horrified at my attitude!  So I back-tracked.  Yes, it's awful that dad might need a root canal.  But did you hear that his appointment is in Grand Rapids?!

Haha!  I drove him down, slowed down in the dentist's parking lot enough for him to jump out, and yelled out the window, "Text me when you're done!" as I drove off to HomeGoods.

You know I'm kidding.  (sort of)  It's just that when I hear that you "stopped in"  Hobby Lobby and picked up this or that clever thing, I'm really envious!  That doesn't happen in my life!

Okay.  Moving on.

Our daughter's family will be visiting the 'other grandparents' for Christmas so our crowd will be smaller on Christmas day and there will be no little ones.  With that in mind, I'm planning to make a prime rib and seafood dressing for Christmas day.  I also thought we'd enjoy a more formal table setting.

I've had these Christmas dishes for many years.  My kids were small when I got them and I remember how pretty they thought they were and how careful they were when we used them.
I used a sleigh filled with evergreen, pine cones, poinsettias and tiny silver and gold packages in the center of the table surrounded by gold deer, which match our plates.
Gold chargers and gold stemmed wine glasses tie everything together.
I found these dish towels made my Better Homes and Gardens and laid them in a row down the center of the table to create a table runner.  The gold and silver trees and stars are perfect.

I also found these gold damask paper napkins at HomeGoods on one of my trips into town and put them festively into our wine glasses.




I've told my family they have to leave the table like this until Christmas day.  ;)
I always fill our counter top in the dining area with egg nog or punch and hor d'oeuvres and desserts. I'll be back later this week to share that and our kitchen.

love and blessings~
"Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child."  Luke 2

I'm joining these linky parties:
dwellings
thededicatedhouse.com/
.karensuponthehill
.stonegableblog
.astrollthrulife.
savvysouthernstyle
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