Friday, December 11, 2015

Glimpses of Our Holiday Table

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~ Arthur Guiterman

I hope you will indulge me in sharing Thanksgiving photos so close to Christmas. We were blessed to host my family for the holiday, and my brother, Nathan, captured some beautiful images of our time together. Unfortunately, by the end of our busy weekend, I was not feeling well. Two weeks (and a doctor's visit) later, I hope I am finally coming out of this illness. I am so ready to stop coughing! In any event, I cannot let the season pass without sharing these memories of our tablescape. My next post will share photos of the dear ones who joined our celebration!

Our dining table seats ten, and I could not wait to gather the adults in our dining room! My grandfather had a life-altering stroke in early spring, but he and my grandmother were able to join us, thanks to my dad transporting them to and from our house. That was definitely cause for celebration! 

Fresh Market offered a lovely array of tulips, a novel choice for our Thanksgiving arrangements. In my zeal to decorate, I arranged the stems too soon and wound up having to clip them short before the meal. Rummaging through cupboards, I found three identical jars perfect for filling with fresh cranberries and flowers.

This year I decided to use our Noritake Chandon wedding china, which looked lovely set against gold chargers.

We used my Mikasa Antique Lace crystal for the occasion and re-purposed four of the water goblets as vases for hydrangeas.

Votives floating atop handfuls of cranberries completed our setting.

White embroidered napkins added softness.

Although my original intention had been to make one floral centerpiece for the table, a series of low-lying arrangements looked lovely and allowed guests to converse easily.

Joining us at this year's festivities were my grandparents; my father and his wife, Vicki; my siblings, Jennifer and Nathan, and their families; and my Uncle Bill and Aunt Gail. We are so grateful that all could gather around our table.

My late mother, of course, was never far from our thoughts. She would have loved this gathering!

Still to come, a few more pictures from our celebration and the loved ones who make the time together worthwhile.

"Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness." ~ Robert Casper Lintner

Photos by Nathan Prichard. Used with permission.

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