OK, so NOW I will start decorating for Christmas. Mostly I want light and a balance of peace and pattern as far as the eye can see.
I think I planned the table first. I have pined after new salad plates for ages, as I’m rough on our red and white Cornishware. Many chips tell the story; Replacements Ltd. to the rescue. Does everyone know about them? They sell used-but-excellent-condition tableware, and now I’m the proud new owner of 6 red Fiestaware and 6 different mostly red, approximately holiday-themed, salad plates. Great customer service, by the way.
Festive ‘R Us! (yes, that’s a rug in the background. expeditious for photos on a Saturday morning, innit?) The cream dinner plates with a gold band were my parents’ Lenox wedding china.
Given resultant brouhaha of these eating surfaces, I’m thinking plain white linen tablecloth and napkins, a simple cedar swag (that I will make myself by foraging in my backyard and then cackling as I try to twist floral wire) ornamented with green raffia and fairy lights on copper wire, accompanied by as many inexpensive crackly gold glass votives as I can nestle in there without starting a fire.
Oh and I bought a new tree skirt.
Big enough for a 6-7 footer, peaceful, and, extra bonus points, not yet covered with the sap of a small brave pine far from home. I have no doubt those marks will come in time. If you have Christmas decor you’re especially happy about, please feel free to share as more than once people tell me that the commenters here are treasure and I agree.
By the way, if a garland of enormous fake poinsettia flowers somehow appears above our study door, lit with yet more fairy lights, well, peace comes in many forms. May it some day soon prevail on earth.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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