Will you be putting together your dining table decorations soon? Perhaps you’ve completed yours. I’d sure love to see it! I love to get fresh ideas and try new things, don’t you?
This year, just as I did with my Christmas Mantel, I’ve gathered items from around my home and from my Christmas storage boxes, things used through many years but not together in the same arrangement.
This is my favorite angel and was used as our tree topper all of my growing up years.
She always reminded me of the Pillsbury Dough Boy (except a girl), ’cause her stomach is all soft and squishy like the Dough Boy. Dad would hang it from the ceiling with all those sparkly thingies swishing around her head.
This year I decided to hang her from the dining room light fixture rather than dangling her from the ceiling. I enjoy her more and see her much better here. The deep red ornaments hung with sheer ribbon have been used in many different ways since stringing them ten or so years ago. Never dreamed they’d become a foundation in the Christmas decor!
The centerpiece on the table came from my great-aunt. I like having it out at Christmas because it reminds me of her.
The melted sparkly candle wax overlaying all the surfaces makes it look just like snow (as close as we usually get at Christmas here in the South).
Some sparkly twists and a little greenery help soften the edges. I added red chargers and the red stemware with snowball candles to coordinate with the red and white theme. Our china happens to match. HH did a fantastic job selecting that 23 years ago!
I hope this inspires you to use the items you have, the blessings from God already in your care. No need to go out and purchase new. No, my table is not perfect. But it brings harmony and comfort. That’s what “using the old” provides – plus priceless memories.
Enjoy your treasures from the past, relish in the memories they bring, deepen the nostalgia by using them. Let them become a rich part of the Christmas memories for your children and grandchildren, as well. Merry Christmas, y’all!