Through the years the “Christmas dishes” were an integral part to my family’s celebration. Most everyone gathered at isissy3’s house-and she was the keeper of the china. She became the master of downsizing and the dishes were then bequeathed to me. I am honored to use them now for gatherings all through the season, because I almost always lived a distance away and stayed home with my little family-I have to hand it to young families who pack up kids, presents, etc and head to “the folks” house every Christmas-I was a wimp.
It has been suggested that we cling to inanimate articles from our family because they somehow carry the energy of the previous owner-somehow carrying the essence of that person with it. While I am not sure of that, I know that every time I unpack the Christmas dishes, I feel a warm embrace of family-I can see the tables set so carefully, hear the chatter come to a whisper as everyone stands to hold hands for a blessing. These “Christmas dishes” represent many things I hold dear: traditions, family and gathering. Here are a few photos of how I have used the “Christmas dishes” to set my holiday table.
PS I’m tempted to buy those pretty storage pieces for china, but to honor my father, I still pack the dishes in the boxes he created-so carefully labeling where each piece should be stored-it makes me smille everytime.
Please share photos of your holiday china-would love to see how you build tradition through gathering around a beatifully set table.