Welcome to my Christmas Home Table. If you were coming to my HOME on Christmas Eve this year, this is the table that would await you. The table is set with Christmas Home dinner plates, salad plates, and soup bowls by Royal Stafford.
Here is a close-up of the soup bowl.
Doesn't everyone love to be HOME at Christmas?? Last year we almost didn't make it HOME.
We had spent Christmas Eve Day with our oldest son, wife, and grand baby, and my in-laws and sister-in-law. After the dinner, our son and family went to stay with his in-laws and we decided to drive to Salt Lake City to see the Christmas lights on Temple Square.
Napkin Ring Close-Up
Bad sign -- on the way there, I could feel our gears sliding. Then in Salt Lake I parked on a hill and I think I gave the gears a bad work-out.
Simple Greenery Centerpiece
The lights on Temple Square were exquisite.
After the beautiful visit on Temple Square, we had a two-hour drive home, with about an hour in a very steep canyon.
Close-up of Centerpiece
As we drove HOME, it became very obvious that we were having problems with our clutch. I tried to ignore it, and tried to ignore my husband telling me I should go back to his parent's home. You see, I wanted to be HOME for Christmas. I mean, Santa was coming, and there were all of our gifts there. The cats and the chickens needed to be fed.....yada, yada, yada....
I threw in this one because you can see my hand in the right red ball -- honestly, my fingers aren't that fat.
As I was driving, I noticed that there wasn't a lot of traffic in the canyon. The truckers were HOME for Christmas, and everyone else that seemed to travel in the canyon seemed to be HOME for Christmas. I thought, well we had some Martinellis, some oranges, and some chocolate to eat if we did get stranded. My husband kept on telling me to turn back...
The King's Crown that graced my Aunt Ionia's Adult table every year on Christmas Eve.
Then I began to think about the lack of cellphone coverage in the canyon as I eeked up the first small hill, barely making it. Since there was no cellphone service, and there was little traffic, the reality of becoming stranded on Christmas Eve loomed larger in my mind. Then I thought about the second hill, which is at an elevation of 8,000 feet. In my denying state of mind I still thought " Maybe I can make it...."
Ohhhh, don't you just love the RED?
My practical husband kept on telling me to turn back....and finally, I listened and turned back. I wasn't happy about it, because thoughts of HOME still were in my mind. It was late, probably about 10:30 pm by then, and we slowly drove back to my in-laws. Slowly because that is all the car would do at that point.
Of course we will use our silver, Damask Rose pattern, that my parents gave us for a wedding gift.
Don't get me wrong, I love my in-laws, but how was Santa going to find me if I wasn't HOME? Although I had some setbacks and some transgressions,, I had tried to be a really good girl last year, and I knew Santa would want to find me. I mean, did he really want to keep on lugging around all those heavy gifts in his big black bag, just because I didn't make it HOME?
Santa came early to my home for Christmas this year, SHE (Jacqueline at Purple Chocolat Home) brought me 16 soup bowls in the Christmas Home pattern and three servings bowls in her big black bag. Thank you Mrs. Santie Claus.
Mrs. Santa Claus also brought me this serving platter.
We found cellphone service as we eeked our way to their home. Thankfully my in-laws were still up. I was so happy because they graciously offered to let us drive home their car and we left our car with the broken clutch at their HOME. So we unpacked our car and put all our luggage and Christmas paraphernalia in their trunk, and made it HOME by about 3:00 am Christmas morning! Guess what? The big guy had not arrived yet, so I was safe! Santa could still deliver all those heavy presents he had to my HOME.
The sunlight filtering the table.
Wherever you call HOME, I hope you can make it there this Christmas.
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