On Black Friday you won't find us at the malls,
or in fact in any store except for, perhaps, the market
Because I've run out of milk or eggs
Instead, you'll find me in the kitchen
On a ladder
Getting into the nether reaches of the upmost cabinets
Where for 11 months of the year
Our Christmas China is stored
No our Black Friday tradition is the getting out
And the washing up of the Christmas china
For we use it for almost all meals from the first Sunday in Advent
through Christmas night dinner.
I suppose, it really should be called "Advent" China!
It's mid 80's Royal Doulton china
The first 8 plates, cups and saucers
bought by us at the Royal Doulton seconds shop
in Stoke-on-Trent on a fall trip to England.
Hand carried by me on the plane back.
for all 24 pieces!
And from the time I got home I could kick myself
for at that price -- $1 per plate, cup and saucer
For not getting at least 12 or even 24!
But I didn't!
And so slowly, I added the other 4 plates, cups and saucers
At a price per piece that far exceed the cost of the entire original eight.
And the Royal Doulton was so pricey that when I decided that I really needed
dessert/ salad plates,
I chose Lenox Holiday
which I found at Marshall's/T J Maxx/Home Goods
for very little.
Because the holly pattern works well with the plaid,
They're both red and green!
At first eight, then four more
And finally, friend Shirley Ann (who was busy putting her set of Christmas china together)
said that she liked to have doubles of those dessert/salad plates
And so I was on the quest for 12 more!
But the set is complete --
For 12 with doubles of the salad/dessert
A wee English holly and ivy creamer and sugar
And a mug -- Husband Jim does not like morning coffee out of a cup and saucer!
The pattern has stood the test of time
For I still adore it as much as I did 26 years ago
(And sometimes I can be china finicky)
We like our traditions at Linderhof
And the Christmas china is made up of both memories and traditions!