Because I took time off from blogging during the holidays I didn't get to share any christmas dishes or tables with you.
This ceramic train is a special holiday decoration - we've had it since our kids were in high school - and they are almost all 50 years old now. They still enjoy seeing it set out for christmas. The three cars to the train are candy dishes and you lift the lid to find M&Ms inside - plain M&Ms in the yellow car, mint M&Ms in the blue and the caboose holds peanut M&Ms. No change in the cargo plans each year.
Our grandsons look forward to the day that the cargo is loaded. I made the train in Southern California - a group of us went to ceramics once a week and had a blast painting cute things for our homes. This train is one of my favorites. I wish that there were still ceramic shops like the one we used to go to.
The table is set for Christmas Eve - I made the Gingerbread house in the center - it is plastic canvas and the lid comes off and it can be filled with tiny gifts.
The china cabinet holds christmas dishes gathered over the years. The three carolers in the center bottom of the photo were made by me at the same ceramic shop as the train. I painted them to look like our three children when they were little - the hair, eyes and clothes match each of our three kids.
The holly teapot is a special treasure that we found on ebay - and the matching holly cream and sugar, salt and pepper were a lovely gift from my cousin Linda a few christmases ago.
The table is ready for Christmas Eve feasting!
The tall white shelf in the dining room holds my collection of Lefton Holly dishes from the 50s and 60s. Over the years we've gathered a rather nice array of pieces. Atop the shelf are green depression glass pitchers and a vase.
All sorts of delicious things to choose from - come, fill a plate!
I'm glad you stopped by - we certainly have a grand time at Christmas in our home.