Instead of a big christmas dinner we have a christmas brunch. Our daughters and their families have their own time at home in the morning, opening gifts and enjoying time together. Then we all gather at our house around 1 p.m. for brunch and opening more gifts. Brunch is nice because we can nibble all day long, whenever we feel hungry. And it makes the day much simpler - more time to spend with family.
I start with my favorite Pine Cone Tablecloth. I found this at a consignment shop in California many years ago. I liked it so much that I copied the pattern and made one for each of my cousins in Oregon, Linda and Cat.
The handwork was excellent and the linen fabric in perfect condition.
Next the flatware - I picked my Bakelite knives and forks, collected over the years from thrift and consignment shops, often for as little as a nickle each.
The Pine Cone Salt and Pepper shakers were a gift from my dear friend Franni, we miss her so much and think of her often during the holidays.
For the centerpiece I picked a tiny little christmas train and thought about using my child size tea set with pine cones - a gift to myself when I started a new job.
Added in a loon - but it just wasn't right
I love the tiny tea set - but we needed something else.
Two candle lanterns, along with the tiny train and the glass Loon - that should do it.
The metal candle lanterns are from a friend's yard sale
The glass loon, a gift from my son-in-law
The pine cone dishes are one of my favorites.
Napkins are red and green cotton napkins that I fringed - and knife and fork napkin rings
Trying out different arrangements - I think I have it now
Don is pouring juice in our Twelve Days of Christmas glasses - also bought at Woolworth Dime Store years ago. The cheese ring in the foreground is customary - made by our son-in-law for every family dinner. We call it his "World Famous Cheese Ball". He makes it in different shapes for different holidays.
One daughter brought a frozen grape and pomegranate salad - delicious!
The perfect compliment for our other daughter's breakfast casserole
You can see a little more of the Twelve Days of Christmas glasses
We baked the ham early christmas day
A wonderful time was had by all !