Time to set the table for Christmas dinner. New dishes this year - this year's version of the Better Homes and Gardens holiday dishes.
Plates and serving dishes have holly, mistletoe and evergreen boughs
Napkins folded to form a Christmas tree
The salad plates are different each year - I have some from two different years now. It is nice to have the variety of designs on the salad plates.
A hand crocheted tablecloth over a bright red undercloth.
This was Don's favorite!
The children's table was set with the same dishes and a red checked tablecloth with snowflakes.
The centerpiece is from 1969. I had joined a Craft-of-the-Month club - each month (for the outrageous price of between $2.95 and $4.95, you received in the mail a craft kit on approval). If you didn't like the kit you could send it back in a postage paid package and pay nothing - if you liked it you would keep it and pay the fee for that month. The little flocked mouse in the lantern chimney was the December 1969 kit and was $4.95. I adored it. The ribbons have been replaced a few times, but the mouse and the lantern chimney are the originals. This year I put it on an aluminum platter with handles, added gold mini ornaments and glittered mini pine cones. It is still a family favorite.
And then the Christmas tree - the presents were passed around and opened - everyone oohed and aahed at the wonderful, thoughtful gifts they received - it was a terrific Christmas.