Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

We have had a fun Christmas with our daughter and her family visiting!  They drove up on the morning of Christmas Eve.  My granddaughter arrived in time to help put the finishing touches on our table for Christmas Eve dinner.
I almost always use this plaid tablecloth that I've had for years on Christmas Eve.  The emerald green glasses originally belonged to my husband's grandparents, and I've enjoyed using them since they were passed down to us.
A couple of new elements this year included these reindeer napkin rings, purchased at Crate and Barrel after Christmas last year,
and these reindeer tea light holders, a surprise from my husband more recently.
The sleigh that I filled with greenery, "Kermit" mums, and hypericum berries is also new.
Since I only have six of the matching plaid napkins, I alternated them around the table.  The placesetting included the dishes I use throughout December, Dansk Winterfest.
After the sun set, I took a candlelight shot, managing to capture the blue hour.
After dinner, the grandchildren posed for the traditional Christmas Eve photo.
Here is the tree on Christmas morning, before the children came in to find what Santa left for them.
After we opened gifts, it was time to set the table for Christmas dinner.  I used the same sleigh centerpiece and brass candlesticks, but everything else was different.  I wanted to use my grandmother's china, so I chose this paisley tablecloth and napkins in dark red, green, and gold. 
I also used the cute Santa placecard holders that my sister gave me last year.  Here's the one marking my 90 year old father-in-law's place . . .
And my six year old grandson's place.
Here's a look at the table.
And one more.
Again this year, we were blessed to have four generations around the table.  Thank you for visiting!  I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen.


  1. So pretty! I love the candlelight shot on Christmas Eve and the grand-kids in their matching Pyjamas! So so cute. What a wonderful Christmas you had together!

  2. Beautiful post. Gorgeous tablescape!Adorable kids.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you had a dazzling Christmas.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    A Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Greetings from Singapore~ Sanghamitra

  3. The table is just simply . . . WONDERFUL! I love the understated elegant look you always manage to pull off! Those Santa place cards holders are too, too wonderful!

    I have many pictures of my boys when they were little wearing striped long johns. It seems every year we had a different color. Are they from Hanna Anderson's catalogue? Love this look on the children! It reminds me of an era gone by - but that shouldn't have! :-) Many blessings to you and your family for the coming year!

  4. Tricia, both the Christmas Eve table and the Christmas Day table are filled with loving details. Beautiful! Your tree is gorgeous, but the image of the two in the striped PJs is priceless. Happy New Year! ~Sarah

  5. This is like Doublemint gum: We get two, two, two tables in one!!!! :-) FABULOUS job, Tricia! Wow! You were a busy bee!!! Before I forget...your granddaughter reminds me of a young Tina Fey. Cute as a button! Both of your tables turned out so great! I love the bold colors and pattern of the first one just as much as the softer color and pattern of the one for Christmas Day! Great job on the floral centerpiece in that sleigh! I'm glad you had a good Christmas, and I hope your New Year's Eve and every day of the new year are just as great!!!

  6. What a beautiful celebration. Love that paisley cloth!

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Both tables are lovely with family pieces. I love the paisley tablecloth. Your grands are adorable.
    Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year, Tricia.

  8. Gorgeous children and pretty table in the plaid and the pasley is beautiful too. I think you all had a wonderful C'mas with the family, that's what this holiday is all together, food and beautiful holiday sorroundings... awaiting the birth of our Lord Savior. Have a healthy, happy and prosperous new year dear Tricia. xoxo

  9. Where did you find those fabulous paisley table linens? I love them!

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