On the Fourth Day of Christmas: a too-new vintage tablecloth

Last night I pulled out a new-to-me Christmas tablecloth and draped it across the dining room table.

vintage Christmas tablecloth

I’m tempted to use some goofy eBay description like “perfect except for” or “nearly mint”, but it’s neither perfect or mint. The fabric isn’t crisp so it’s been washed at least once in the past, but boy, the gold areas have so much texture they’re almost crunchy.

Yep, there’s more!


On the third day of Christmas: more vintage Christmas tablecloths

This year our house is full of family so we’re splattering vintage tablecloths with gravy, cranberry sauce (and worse) at every meal. Want to see the fabric casualties? Of course you do! First up, a vividly colored tablecloth festooned (no one ever says this word in real life!) with poinsettias and holly garlands:

vintage poinsettia tablecloth detail

The colors are even better in person

Yep, there’s lots more!


Tiny nativity

“Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed . . .”

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” . . . where a tiny mother laid her tiny baby in a tiny manger for a tiny bed.”

Tiny crèche scenes! I can’t resist them.

This Japanese-made wooden one might not qualify as exactly “tiny”: it’s a whopping 9 inches across.

But it has everything a proper crèche needs.

See it all up close!


On the first day of Christmas: Christmas brunch placesetting

Ho ho! Merry Christmas!

Our house will be full of family this holiday season, so we’ve decided to pull out a different vintage tablecloth every day. Last night I set the table for brunch. Only four of us will be sitting down to French toast and Mimosas:

vintage tablecloth christmas brunch setting

At the moment all is calm, all is very bright! I love the twisted candy cane border on the tablecloth.

Who needs coffee when you’ve got this to wake your eyes? Click for more!


You better watch out!

Gah! Where did December go?!

What do you mean, you're not ready? The line for procrastinators forms that way, lady!

“What do you mean, you’re not ready? The naughty line forms that way, lady!”

I had all these fabulous posts of vintage Christmas stuff planned in my head, and then . . . December just happened.

We didn’t even get a tree up till last weekend. The now-empty ornament boxes are still waiting to go back out to the loft so we’re not tripping over them. There are a few more things to wrap. I have a pie to bake. Forget about making cookies, it ain’t happening.

Ready or not, Santa Claus is coming to town.

And boy, is he ever grumpy.

Yep, there’s more!


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