When I think of elegant Christmas table decor, I think of my childhood, and the table we would gather around at my Nana and Poppa’s house!
Toady I am joining four of my favourite creative blogging friends as we share our Christmas tablescapes. You will find all the links below, and you really don’t want to miss a single one!
There is no mistaking that 2020 has been the craziest year ever. Bring a swing of emotions for so many of us. It has really had me feeling nostalgic at times, especially as we approach the Christmas season.
As in most places in the world, Christmas gatherings are going to be small here in Canada on the advise of local public health. And, while I will miss gathering around a huge table full of family, I know the time will come again soon when we can all gather together.
In the meantime, Christmas’ spent around the table at my Nana and Poppa’s house inspired me to share a traditional Christmas table decor .
Looking back, the table was always set in a simple, yet festive style.
But, to me it always felt like I was at the most elegant Christmas party ever. At least that is how I felt sitting at the table. I almost didn’t want dinner to be over.
Well, except when Poppa would announce that Santa’s sleigh had been spotted thanks to Norad. Then I would run to the window hoping Santa wouldn’t come to our house before we got home and tucked into bed.
What is traditional Christmas table decor?
If you “Google” traditional Christmas table, you will find loads of red and green tablescapes. Santas, and trees, and Poinsettia plants.
But, at the heart of a traditional table, is just that, A table that set in the tradition of your family throughout the years.
What an elegant Christmas able means to me.
In our family that meant using the fine china. The same china I have used on my table this year, that belonged to my Nana. It is such a delicate and pretty pattern, but isn’t at all “Christmasy”. But, to me it epitome of Christmas dinner!
The real silver flatware was always polished. I remember thinking it was silly that the forks went to the left of the plate, even though we were all right handed!
Thick embossed paper napkins with a festive motif added to the feeling elegance. Maybe that is why I have such an addiction to napkins. Although now mine are all environmentally friendly cloth napkins. I used my best hemstitched linen napkins. Freshly pressed and folded.
These very same gold rimmed crystal glasses for wine (or juice!)
Clear crystal and gold dessert plates were at the ready for my Nana’s delicious apple pie with a scoop of ice cream. Or, yummy cherry chews and an After 8 dinner mint.
Crystal candle sticks with fresh taper candles, often with sparkly gold tapers.
There would always be a small centerpiece on the table, but it was whisked away to the buffet table to make room for the feast.
I think every year that I set the table for Christmas, I always say it is my favorite! But this year, it is giving all the warm and fuzzy feelings of my childhood.
See all of seasonal tablescapes from here.
In a year that it so very easy to just want to throw in the towel and wallow in the situation, I wanted to go all out and set a traditional table that evokes memories of family and festivities, It has been good for my soul and my spirit!
It has really helped me to feel the anticipation of the season and all the wonder that comes with it. Things that have sometimes been forced in the past several years as our lives were always so “busy” with endless do-to lists.
We set up our Christmas trees in mid-November and haven’t regretted it one bit. Turning on the twinkling lights as the darkness kicks in around 4:30 can’t help but make me happy!
If there is one silver lining to 2020, Covid-19 and the quarantining, closures, and shut-downs that have gone along with it, it has really forced us to slow down. Which, has opened up a whole new appreciation for our home and our time!
This Christmas when I sit down to Christmas dinner, I know I will be surrounded by the memories that make the season extra special!
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And, now it’s time to check out the links below for even more inspiring Christmas table decor!
5 CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPES TO INSPIRE YOU THIS SEASON
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Until next time….
How lovely that you’re using your Nana’s set; such a beautiful pattern! Your nana had great taste 🙂
How sweet your using your Nana set! It so pretty!
Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc says
I absolutely love how sentimental your table is, your nana’s china is beautiful! Of course, I’m partial as I love all china… and have a habit of using our good china for holiday’s as well.
BUT my absolute favorite part of your post was the mention of watching Santa’s Sleigh’s progress from Norad! My Daddy worked at Norad when I was in high school and they always loved running the Santa tracker. Before he retired I got to go see where the magic happens… it was pretty cool to see the command room where they actually do the tracking 🙂
Lynn Spencer says
What a blessing your memories are! Sounds like your Nana and Poppa were wonderful…and how lucky you are that they set all these traditions for you to carry on.
Like you, the simple act of decorating my table has helped center me in a world that has completely gone off-center. I am so glad you suggested it!
Your table is beautiful! Enjoy your time around it with your family this Christmas.
Deana Landers says
Maureen, I hope my grandchildren remember and use what I leave them as you have. Beautiful!
Thank you Deanna! These are all things I hold very near and dear to my heart! Especially in times like these 🙂
Thank you Deana! These are all things I hold very near and dear to my heart and it makes me so happy to be able to keep those memories alive!
Gorgeous ideas, Maureen! Your Nana would love it. She has amazing taste. I love blue for Christmas decorating.
Thank you for sharing.
Kim Purvis says
That china is awesome! Such a beautiful and sweet vintage set up to honor your nana. I love it.