Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas China

Christmas comes to Linderhof slowly now

Thanksgiving weekend is not a hectic week
madly decorating every nook and cranny.

But rather a time for family,
A time for friends

But on Sunday,
we do set up the Advent Wreath
(for it is the first of the four Sundays before Christmas)
and light the candle
And say a prayer

And . . . 
we bake the very first of the Christmas cookies
Usually Christmas tree cutouts sprinkled with green sugar
This year however we made gingerbread cutouts

And . . . 

We bring out the Christmas china

Eleven months of the year it lives in the top corner cabinet in the kitchen
Way up on top where they are out of the way
Come the first Sunday in Advent
We climb a ladder and swap them out for our beloved Indies breakfast china
So that it's handy for the month of December
Because (unless we're eating soup) that's our china of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Most of it is Royal Dolton Tartan
8 cups, saucers and plates bought on a long ago trip to England and the Royal Dolton potteries
(for the amazing sum of $8)
We added 4 more of each along the line for 12 seemed a better number
And because Royal Dolton Tartan was so expensive and we decided we needed dessert/salad plates,
we bought Lenox Holiday
We started with 12 but friend Shirley Ann pointed out that you really need 24
If you have a houseful for dessert, you'll have enough plates
If you serve both salad and dessert at a Christmas dinner party, the extra plates will come in handy.

It's always good to use the Christmas china again.
It's like an old friend who returns for a visit!


Beth said...

Hi Martha, You are such a fantastic homemaker and hostess. I love how you make every day special by using your beloved and beautiful things! I have been reading your blog for several years and I really enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Carrie said...

Beautiful china!! Love the plaid/tartan plates. The two patterns together are both fun and elegant.

Bernideen said...

Very pretty china too! Lovely photo and always enjoy the "goings on at Linderhof"!

Francie Newcomb said...

Martha, I love what everyone just said! I love the two patterns together too. OK, now you are inspiring me to get out the Christmas Tree Spode and start enjoying it now. Thank you dear friend!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Such pretty china. I have put away the fall decorations and am ready for the Christmas items too. I don't have a lot of Christmas pieces, but do have a nice stack of dessert plates to show off. With all the icy weather and our family gatherings disrupted, I completely gapped getting advent candles. I'm a touch behind.

GG. said...

I like such articles.