Christmas Eve at our house

December 24, 2013

 














The table is set for Christmas Eve.  I feel so settled.  We actually went to the movies and saw American Hustle, two thumbs up.  We also braved Costco, so crowded, but they expect large crowds and had us out the door in no time.  We plan a very simple but delicious meal, starting off with this classic crab cake recipe and ending with a modified version of this yummy looking recipe using the ollalieberries we picked this summer.  In between we'll have a standing rib roast and the last of the frozen green beans from summer.

The Christmas Eve table centerpiece is from Costco.  The evergreens are so pretty and smell so nice and I imagine they'll last for weeks.  The dinner plates are those lovely, large inexpensive ones from Pottery Barn.  The salad plates are awesome, they are from Vietri, made of glass and look like a tortoise shell.  The tablecloth is from Beauville.  Every year they create a special Christmas tablecloth.  The DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS I go to my favorite linen shop and see if I can buy it half price, I will stand in line for half price linens.  This one is so pretty with snowflakes and fir trees and I use it all winter. 

We've been gone for a good part of December and have not had much time for many of our Christmas traditions.  (It looks like I've been in town because when I travel I pre-write and schedule my blog and FB posts.)  So this busy year we have a teensy tree, nary a Christmas cookie in the house and haven't really decorated much at all.  But it's all OK, and I think it was kind of nice for a break, taking a year off.  But just for this one year only.  I told my husband, next year, sweetie, we are full on Christmas again; boxes down from the attic, big tree, and parties!

I'm looking forward to a relaxing week ahead, visiting with friends and family and spending some time at home too.  Merry Christmas and may you be blessed with hope, peace, joy and love.

xoxo Kristen


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9 Comments

  1. Your table looks beautiful. I am just about to decorate ours for the dinner. "Merry Christmas Kristen" It has been a pleasure visiting your blog and I look forward to more posts in 2014. Hugs, Deb

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  2. Your table looks lovely! I want to see American Hustle too. Maybe someday this week. Merry Christmas Kristen!

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  3. As always, your table is beautiful. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  4. I wish I could have hit the movies, too! "American Hustle" sounds like a blast!

    Your table...fabulous! I love the tablecloth!!! What a magnificent design! It's kind of rustic, but not overly so. It's just really pretty!

    Kudos to you for braving Costco on Christmas Eve!!!!!! I was tucked so far into my house on Christmas Eve that my shadow couldn't even find me!!! :-) I'm glad they were able to hustle you right in and out, though.

    I hope you do get to enjoy a relaxing week ahead! Take good care!!!!!

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  5. Another beautiful table with inspiration! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Thank you for your lovely blog with all the inspiration! I love your table settings and your knitting of course!

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  7. Your table is beautiful! I really love your tablecloth. Happy and Blessed 2014.

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  8. I wish I lived closer. You could teach me so much. You do such a beautiful job decorating.

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