Between us, my sister and I have 6 kids. They are 28, 28, 27, 26, 22 and 14. You can tell from the ages that when they were small, we had a houseful of kids that were all about the same age. Mom would dress them in red pajamas, help them put out cookies and milk for Santa and delight in each and every one of them. It never changed as they grew up. Somehow, Santa still filled my stocking and my sister's, our husband's too and of course all those now big kids. When going through last years Christmas cards a couple of days ago, I found the one mom sent us last year..."See you in 15 days, can't wait"! What a difference a year makes. How do we have Christmas without the person who was our center...our drill sergeant...the heart of our family?
We are going about Christmas in what is becoming the new normal for us. We won't all be together, but none of us will be alone. We are shaking things up in hopes that the focus can be on all of our blessings and not on an empty chair at the table. My mom would want that for us and we are all putting forth the best effort not to let her down. I'm sharing my Christmas table with you today because most of us will be too busy next week to be reading blogs. I had been looking for new Christmas dishes for a while and my heart just wasn't in it. I didn't feel "Christmassy" so nothing appealed to me at all...until I saw these dishes. My daughter and I were at HomeGoods in November and when we saw these, we both knew it was meant to be...it was a message about the holiday for us.
The large charger plates and matching bowls are "Pottery by Santa". When I saw the word "Believe" I knew that I needed to remember the reason for the season as well as believe in Santa Claus. I set them slightly off center so you could read the words. They are layered with creamy Wedgewood dinner plates.
The table runner is cream with holly and berries (HomeGoods).
For the centerpiece, I used an antique cake stand sitting
in a berry wreath. A Mercury Glass ball surrounded
by snow is the star of the table.
A vintage Santa stands guard.
Cream colored napkins are "garnished"
with a sprig of Christmas floral.
The sterling flatware was my grandmother's.
A Willow Tree Angel (Thinking of You), one of the last gifts from my mom, is tucked in as a reminder that she is watching over us. Notice that she holds a seashell in her hand.
Lenox candlesticks with snowflake sparkles
add a cozy glow to the table.
Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste
There's so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe
I am linking today to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
I know the tables this week will be amazing...take some time to visit her!