Traditions are what the holidays are made of, and how memories are created. They are what bond us to our family and friends, and make Christmas a time to be treasured. Traditions can be full of fanfare, but most often, they are small and simple things. I just love all of our holiday traditions (I wrote an entire book about them!), and the memories we have from years past are priceless. So many of our traditions actually take place around our table, and I’m delighted to tell you about a few of them.
Holiday Traditions Around the Table
The kitchen and by extension, our kitchen table is the busiest spot in our home. It’s where we gather–as family, and also when we invite friends over. Delicious meals, baking, addressing Christmas cards as a family, holiday parties, drinking hot cocoa, choosing names for our family book exchange, making gingerbread houses, making & wrapping Christmas presents–this table sees many of our holiday traditions.
It’s a special spot, so I love to decorate it and make it beautiful and cozy. As always, simplicity is my favorite, and my table decor is no different. P.S. See if you can spot an Elf on the Shelf somewhere in this post!
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Favorite Holiday Dinnerware
My favorite dinnerware is a clean and classic white set. I found the cutest plates with rustic trees on them, and the salad plates are perfect toppers. Then I bought two sets of each so I would have enough to mix and match throughout the year. They have a vintage and rustic feel, and go perfectly with all the trees I have on the table.
Lanterns are one of go-to choices to decorate a table, and I love this rustic farmhouse lantern I found by Better Homes & Gardens. I chose to add a candle this year, but I’ve also filled them with pine cones, or even Christmas ornaments.
Isn’t this pitcher so lovely? I adore the rim of red around the top, and the tree scene is so classic and gorgeous. I’m leaving it unfilled, but there are so many possibilities!
I simply couldn’t resist this darling vintage salt and pepper shaker set…isn’t it the cutest?
Hot Chocolate Station
One of my kids’ favorite traditions is our Hot Chocolate Station. I’ll admit, we drink a lot of hot cocoa at our house! I created an area right next to the kettle on the kitchen counter, and we all love it. I started with a rectangular galvanized tray, which is the perfect size to hold everything we need. Apothecary jars were filled with hot cocoa mix (we love homemade hot cocoa best, but I can’t keep up with demand!), marshmallows, and candy canes. I found the cutest white mugs, and added a few to the tray as well. It stays up all through the holiday season, and then the rest of the winter. Most evenings you’ll find us around the kitchen table, drinking hot chocolate!
I always love my house to smell good, but that’s even more the case during the Christmas season. I found the yummiest Cinnamon Stick wax melts for this darling sleigh warmer by Better Homes & Gardens, and it’s pretty much going constantly!
A Christmas Advent has been part of our countdown to Christmas every year since my oldest was born. We actually have more than one! This year we’re using this super cute numbered cabinet, and I’ll fill each number with Christmas candy to be opened on the designated day. We also have started a Christmas Kindness Countdown Chain, which helps us focus on serving others, and really makes the holidays more meaningful. Last but certainly not least, is our Christmas Book Advent. I wrap 25 of our favorite Christmas books, and then we open and read one every night.
This is going to be a wonderful year! Merry Christmas!
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