Let Me Count the Years

I can’t even remember when it started, but for a number of years four couples have gathered during the holiday season for a special time together.   Sadly, one of us is now missing, but that doesn’t keep us who are here from getting together for an evening of memories and laughter and fun.

Christmas table

Whoever is the year’s host determines whether we meet at a restaurant or at home.  This year it is at home, and the hosts set a spirited table, full of Christmas cheer.  Santa gourds (do I love those?) line the table complemented by a happy Santa runner and boughs of red berries.

Christmas tableSpunky red dishes set the tone

Christmas tableand are topped with happy Santa plates for the first course.

Christmas tableI love the glassware with its differing pattern and texture.

Christmas tableAnd oh what fun are the napkins secured by tinkling bells which make the spirit bright.

Christmas tableIt is a table as spirited as the long time friends who will gather round for yet another memorable evening.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs for me, no way can I appear without wearing this top that dates back to the first of our gatherings.  Sequins are loose and it’s not quite as roomy as it once was, but this top is as much a part of the holiday tradition as the gathering itself.  Wearing it assures that I will receive considerable grief!

I would love to know about your special holiday gatherings.

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34 thoughts on “Let Me Count the Years

  1. I love gourds, too and have a few on one of the shelves I showed today. Love your pretty sequin top and hearing about the holiday fun you’re having. It’s nice to get to know you and see your pretty decorations! Merry Christmas!

  2. Friends make life special don’t they. And how cool are those Santa Gourds!!! Crazily cool! wishing you and yours a super Christmas and a joyous New Year x

  3. Where do I start/ Wait Merry Christmas! The table is gorgeous as are you in that beautiful top! I also wear mine and he complains about a trail I leave behind lol I told him I was unforgettable.

    So you rock that top for as long as it holds on to the sparkle and keep those dear friends close for as long as you have them.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the chilly New England coast down to you in Texas where I hope you will be warmer.

  4. The table looks wonderfully festive … this is the first year in many that I have not hosted such an evening with old friends … but I have wonderful memories. Instead I had lunches. My sister’s knick name is Lulu!

  5. I’ve never seen Santa gourds – they are charming! And I love the sequins – you completely rock that top 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  6. the perfect table for dining and happy memory making. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

  7. Hi lovely lady.
    Your tablescape is Gorgeous as always. I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks so much for your sweet comment on my new Tablescape for Christmas.

  8. What a wonderful happy table. Love that you keep the traditional sequence going!! 🙂

  9. Wonderful table. I love those Santa plates…just saw them at Belk and fell in love.

  10. What a great table. Those Santa gourds are wonderful, and I love those Santa plates. How fun that you all continue this tradition and especially fun that you wear the same top every year. I know that you are the star of the party with that top. I’m sure they anxiously await your arrival to see if the top has made it another year. Have a wonderful Christmas and new year! laurie

  11. The runner is the perfect backdrop for those darling gourd Santas. You all must have a ball when you gather each year. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  12. Wow love the table theme of Santa….Santa…and Santa. Your table just flows with your Christmas spirit. Keep up the red blouse it shows your true love of the holidays.
    Merry Christmas ,

    1. Yep, it wouldn’t be Christmas if the top didn’t make an appearance.

  13. What a gorgeous tablescape! I love all of your sweet touches.

    I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.

  14. This is what Christmas is all about…good friends, traditions and the traditional holiday ribbing! I however love your top! 😉 ps- I love your mantle and that ceiling!

    1. How right you are a out friends and tradition. BTW, feel free to borrow the top!

  15. I am so envious of the Vietri table runner and plates! How I would love to have the real ones! Love your top, I have a sequin one too from the 80s that my children think is hilarious~it was quite the glam statement back then wasn’t it!

    1. I didn’t look at the bottom of the plates to see what they were, but now that you’ve said they are Vietri, I’m envious, too! Yep, there was a time when sequins were really in.

  16. How fun and I especially love that you wear the same sequined top! That is a party shirt!!! Your table is adorable and that gourd is fantastic. Glad you had such a wonderful event. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  17. I can see your beautiful smile, but miss seeing the rest of your face. Great table setting and the top is– well–festive.

    1. The top….it’s a story unto itself. A couple of times I’ve not worn it and no one lets me forget it!

  18. Beautiful blog my friend !I wish you all the best.MERRY CHTISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! WITH LOVE MAXIMA

  19. The tradition of gathering together with friends from so many years gone by is very endearing to the heart. The table itself is beautiful. You can tell it has been set with love to honor the friendship that you all share. Beautiful post!

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Years pass and it is wonderful to have friends who you’ve shared so much with.

  20. Lulu, great table setting… Love the santa’s… Merry Christmas…

  21. I love the table and your top! Merry Christmas Lulu!!

  22. Linda, Love those Santa gourds and those square plates make a beautiful table! Your top is smashing and festive! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  23. Great tablescape and the Santa gourds are awesome

  24. It is wonderful y’all get together each year…you look cute in your sequin top, Linda! Love the table, and those gourd Santas are so charming.

  25. The table is gorgeous and so is that top you are wearing…love traditions!!!

  26. The quintessential Magpie Blog December 18, 2013 — 10:09 pm

    What a wonderful table! And I love your sparkles, too. I think the gourds are cutie pies. I love familiar ornaments around me a t Christmas. I have some brass reindeer that traditionally gaze our table.



  27. What a lovely table and a fun gathering. I do love your sparkly top!! Fun!

  28. The table setting is lovely! ^^ and your top is too shinning, bling bling~~ 😉

  29. I think you DO like those Santa gourds. I know I do!!! They’re fun! They remind me of the 60s for some reason. I like them a lot!

    What a nice tradition to carry on! Three of the neighbors on our cul-de-sac get together with us each Christmas season for our progressive dinner, and it’s something we look forward to and always enjoy. I suggested we start it up a couple of years after moving here. No one had ever done it before, so everyone was game. Now we wouldn’t know what to do without it as a part of our Christmas season activities!

    As for your super sequinned top: Rock on, Pat Benatar look-alike!!! 🙂

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