I always have fun cleaning off the tabletops and pulling out Christmas decorations. So today after a morning of cleaning, a bit of shopping and lunch out, I pulled out my pretty Christmas dishes!

Journaling: My morning was spend cleaning house . . . moving the dust over to make room for a bit of Christmas! The first thing I did was carry the stack of Christmas dishes to the kitchen and wash the plates. Then I moved my everyday plates back into the big closet for a holiday rest! I love having special dishes just for the Christmas season . . . they are so festive and so much fun to eat off of each day . . . morning, noon and nighttime too. Next I pulled out a stack of red napkins, my little Santa napkin rings that I bought at Old Time Pottery at least a dozen years ago and the pretty red and green quilted placemats, which Aunt Velma made me many years ago.
A Christmas closet is such a wonderful thing to have . . . I am thankful for it each time I get out the decorations for Christmas, and then again when it is time to tuck them away again until the next year. Many years ago, Mark, Kevin and I cleaned out their two closets after they finished school and had new homes of their own. Then a few years later, Ed built really sturdy shelving into both closets for my holiday decorations. I love the convenience of having everything in one place and really love that I don’t have to lug everything up and down the attic stairs!
We ate supper off of the plates tonight . . . I cooked steak and gravy, rice with onions, green pepper & mushrooms. Steamed broccoli and homemade leftover yeast rolls that I froze after Thanksgiving rounded it off our meal. Now, I feel as though the holidays have begun! After I cleaned the kitchen, we sat down and watched “Home Alone” . . . laughing just as though we had never seen it before.

December Daily 4x6 Layered Templates (altered) – Ali Edwards
Felt Board Friends: Very Merry No. 02 (PSE filter used to alter the tree a bit) – Pattie Knox
Getting There Kit (white paper) – Pattie Knox