Continuing On


Many years ago four couples began a holiday tradition of gathering for dinner to celebrate friendship. The tradition continues, but it has changed. One spouse has passed away, another has dementia and his wife finds it sad to come without him. That leaves just five of us who find no reason not to get together.

Since this is likely the last year the hubby and I will be in this house, we are hosting. The Santa gourds on the table will be familiar to all as they have been one place or another in the house for years.

Mixed with them so that everyone has a Santa facing out are these made from cypress knees.   I am so appreciative of all things handmade and cherish the pieces that other hands have created.

Since red is dominating so far, I chose to add touches of green. Chargers are used instead of placemats and again the candy striped flatware is on the table. Since this is the only time of year it makes an appearance, it is used every day.

There is no doubt about what dishes to choose!  I’m crazy about this collection from Bella Ceramica.

More traditional but perfect complements are the Spode Christmas Tree stems and water glasses.

Playful and fun are napkins in candy cane rings.  Though I swore not to buy anything new this year, I couldn’t resist the napkin rings when I went to Pier One for candles!  Everyone is entitled to some little something fanciful during the season, don’t you think?

The meal I’m planning will be as simple as the table. What I most look forward to is remembering all that we have shared, and I hope that our holiday tradition continues on for many more years.

15 thoughts on “Continuing On

  1. What a perfect Christmas table…love, love, love the candy striped flatware and oh my those Santa gourds…enjoy!

    1. Yes, the flatware was a good find. It’s a little on the light side, but it’s perfect for the table.

  2. It looks as if it will be a fine celebration of fellow feelings and good comradeship. Happy Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Tish, and I wish the same to you.

  3. such a fun table full of color and memories and traditions. I love those beautiful green chargers and that fun flatware. Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful photos and table settings with us throughout the year and have a wonderful holiday filled with whatever makes you happy.

    1. Thank you, and I extend the same wishes to you.

  4. What a lovely table to gather around and enjoy each other and your cherished memories!!

  5. I hope that for you and your group also…….:)

  6. entertainingwomen December 20, 2018 — 9:51 pm

    The amazing comfort that comes from things old and familiar sometimes takes my breath away. And dang it! I knew I should have gone to Pier One! No way the precious napkin rings will still be in stock. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. CherryKay

    1. Had there been more than 4 napkin rings, I would have been happier, but I’m tickled with what there was. Merry, merry to you, sweet friend.

  7. Merry Christmas from rainy New England.

  8. Linda, your table is lovely and I love the Santa gourds!

  9. A wonderful tradition to keep for as long as possible.

  10. I love the table and your tradition with your friends…as we get “older” I find that the traditions we have with friends tend to change a bit…friends move, pass on, etc…however, keeping with tradition and not letting go is a great thing for the spirit….I think I missed something when you talk about the last Christmas in this home…
    I wish you and your wonderful family a very Merry Christmas!!!

  11. I hope you and Phil are having a wonderful Christmas Day.

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