Looking Back: Christmas Tables Past

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My week hasn’t gone quite as I’d planned. I began decorating the house early in the week, but had to put decorating on hold due to a last minute out of town trip that came up. So, I don’t have any new 2015 Christmas Home pictures to share at this point.

Today I am sharing my Christmas tablescapes from 2012, our last Christmas in our Florida home, and 2013, our first Christmas in the mountains. As I plan and implement holiday decorating in Our Mountain Nest, I continually reflect on the differences between Christmas decor for my mountain house versus my previous Florida home. Adapting the Christmas treasures accumulated and used in years past to fit with the look and feel of our mountain abode is interesting and sometimes even challenging. Our rural setting, the wintry weather, and the abundance of wood throughout the mountain house are vastly different than the suburban neighborhood, subtropical weather, and prevalence of ceramic tile, light painted walls, and contemporary Spanish style that characterized our South Florida house. Christmas decor needs to have a very different feel here.

Three Tables of 2012 – Last Christmas in South Florida

In Florida, my dining room table was oval. We sold that table and chairs before leaving for North Carolina where we already had dining room furniture passed on to us from Mr. MT Nest’s parents.

2012 Christmas Eve Dinner

For our last Christmas in Florida, on Christmas Eve the table was set with white Mikasa bone china edged in silver. The salad plates, which were purchased that year at Home Goods, featured a red bird perched in a silvery winter tree. They were my inspiration for the centerpiece, a nest and two red cardinals nestled in faux snow inside a wide mouth apothecary jar. The base of the jar was surrounded by silver faux holiday foliage and white taper candles in crystal candle holders. The silver gray Ralph Lauren tablecloth was also purchased at Home Goods. My grandmother’s silver, Lady Edith pattern, Crystal D’arc water and wine glasses, and white linen napkins completed the setting.
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Christmas Night Dinner

In 2012 we enjoyed having our younger daughter and her special guy (who is now her new husband) with us for Christmas. They weren’t officially engaged at that time, but we knew that he was her “one” even then.

On Christmas Day we had a traditional turkey dinner. The table was set with a red tablecloth, the same  bone  china, silverware, and glassware as on Christmas Eve. The centerpiece was the same, minus the silver foliage around the base of the apothecary jar. The salad plates from Christmas Eve weren’t used, but I carried the red bird theme over with a tiny red cardinal clipped to each diner’s napkin.

The pictures of the Christmas Eve table didn’t show the chandelier which I was embellished with curls of silver and white ribbon and hanging crystal snowflake ornaments. I’ve had those ornaments for quite a while. I believe they were originally purchased at either Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I mixed in a few larger white snowflake ornaments from the Dollar Tree. When the lights were dimmed for dining, the snowflakes twinkled and reflected the candlelight.

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Christmas Morning Breakfast

On Christmas morning, breakfast was served in the kitchen on our small round kitchen table. I used a Pottery Barn Kincaid plaid tablecloth and napkins, and set the table with Farberware Holiday Snowmen plates, a Goodwill score, and hand-painted snowmen wine glasses used on this occasion for freshly squeezed orange juice. The wine glasses were a gift from a neighbor. Also on the table were my cute little Publix snow couple salt and pepper shakers. The simple centerpiece was a snowman candle and faux snow inside a Goodwill purchase hurricane.

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Christmas Table 2013 – First Christmas in the Mountains

We moved from Florida to North Carolina on December 9, 2013. Clearly, decorating for the holidays was not a high priority amid the many boxes to unpack. Just out of camera range in the photo below, behind the half wall to the left, was a stack of boxes still waiting to be unpacked. The only interior holiday decorating I did that year was the dining room tablecloth and table decor, our nativity, and the poinsettia seen in this photo. Our new neighbor gave us live wreaths and garland from his niece’s Christmas tree business, so we also had wreaths on the French doors and a garland with white lights draped on the deck railings.

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That year most of the bins of holiday decorations were still in the storage unit. When packing for the move, I made sure that the box with our beloved Nativity was packed in the car for the move. I kept the tablescape very simple and rustic: PB Kincaid plaid tablecloth, red napkins, white ironstone dishes, and a simple centerpiece of faux birch candles on a wood slab with acorns and evergreen sprigs, flanked by two brown paper Christmas trees (also purchased from World Market.) A touch of glitz was added by the gold Dollar Tree reindeer at each place setting.

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The first Christmas spent in Our Mountain Nest was low key because we were still working on the house and trying to get settled in. And the decidedly rustic decor that seemed appropriate in the mountains was new for me. It would have seemed out of place in our Florida home.

Have you ever experienced this type of change when moving from one home to another? Were there things from one home that just did not suit the new home?

Linking up with:

The Scoop at Stonegable

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

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