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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Are you ready for Christmas?  About this time every year, I start trying to talk my family into postponing our Christmas celebration.
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I talk to them about how nice it would be to buy Christmas gifts when the stores weren’t so crowded.
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I talk to them about what great gifts they would get if I could wait until the after Christmas sales to do my shopping.
I tell them that there wouldn’t be any problem deciding whether to have Christmas with the in-laws or with us.
They could go to their in-laws on Christmas day, and still have Christmas at our house several weeks later.
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My arguments always fall on deaf ears, and I’m not counting on this year being any different. 
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Ready or not, we will celebrate Christmas on Christmas day.
(Salad plates: Fitz and Floyd Country Plaid; Dinner plates: Nikko Classic Collection)
I am linking to Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish Wednesday and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  I’m glad you stopped by to visit.  laurie
Update on our grandson, Cooper:  Surgery to repair his heart valve is scheduled for tomorrow.  It is so comforting to know that so many of you are praying for our little fighter.
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Tammy's in Love said...

Um..the AFTER Christmas sales are for you to shop for next year! Thus, eliminating the need to postpone Christmas; you got last years' bargains! I shop clearance most of the year and then pull out my box in December to look over my stash!

xinex said...

You are always ready, Laurie, and this table is so very pretty. I love the accessories in addition the plates. Love the plaid tablecloth too. How is your grandson doing? Been praying for him....Christine

Scribbler said...

Well, what are you gonna do ... they never listen.

At any rate, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas whether it is on the calendar day or not.

Mellodee said...

I'm afraid that, as nice as it would be having the extra time to prepare, I seriously doubt that anyone in my family would be willing to delay, especially Maddie the Great! Of course, I could START earlier, but where's the fun in that???

BECKY said...

Hi Laurie! I mentioned your idea a few years ago and nobody liked it. Then I also tried just giving everyone a gift card for Christmas and then they could take advantage of the AFTER Christmas sales on their purchases....No go on that, either. Oh well...But to me, whatever day you celebrate your love for family, THAT is a special holiday! Merry Christmas to you and your family...and prayers for your grandson.

Debbie said...

I'm crazy about the whole thing. Believe it or not, my favorite thing on the table is the napkin in napkin ring. I have a thing for stuff sticking up on the plate. Don't know why, but I do. I love this. No wonder your family doesn't want to postpone celebrating with you!

(And plus, in a recession the buying is better before Christmas since stores don't stock up like they used to and manufacturers don't even make as much. Let that console you...)

If I don't get around again (but I plan to) Merry Christmas!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the plaid and the table is gorgeous. Oh waiting to celebrate just wouldn't be the same! Praying for little Cooper! Hugs, Linda

ellen b. said...

Still praying...
Love the plaids!

Diane said...

Please keep us posted on little Cooper! Many hugs to your family!!
I love your table, since plaids and paisleys are my very favorite fabrics. Those large napkin rings are wonderful - they add another dimension to the table. Merry Christmas!


Laurie, who would want to wait after looking at your gorgeous table, filled with so many pretty decorations...I WILL NOT!! I'm loving the plaid and the napkin holders are so cute, I'm in love with them! My prayers are going little Cooper's way, immediately! Have a very Merry Christmas with your dear family...on time! Love,

Unknown said...

Wow! Your table looks amazing Laurie! I love it! I want to come by your house and just stare at it. LOL Happy Holidays! :) xoxo Muse

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful table Laurie. Love the plaid tablecloth and the plaid plates, it is stunning. The antlers certainly have found a perfect spot in the vases. Think I will be too tired to shop the sales. Merry Christmas.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Love your tables, Laurie! Looks like you will have a big crowd for Christmas. Those plaid plates are wonderful. Love the plaid tablecloth, too! I'm sooo obsessed with plaid this year. Love the ornaments hanging from the antlers...made me smile! Merry Christmas, sweet friend. God Bless you and your family and may it be the most wonderful Christmas ever!

Dewena said...

I bet you are so much ahead of me this year. I'm afraid it's going to be gift cards this year. I am determined to start in January for next year and not leave it till December. Cooper is still in my heart and prayers and I had word back from sisters and a brother-in-law that they they were praying for him. Love you!

The Tablescaper said...

Love the plaid!

Merry Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Denise Marie said...

Lovely table

Unknown said...

Hi Laurie,

I love the way your table looks. Christmas plaid is my favorite at Christmastime.

Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas.


Marigene said...

Gorgeous table, the tartan with gold.
I would be available for adoption so you could do Christmas at a less busy time! It would be nice to put if off a month, wouldn't it!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Kathleen said...

I am praying, Laurie, keep us updated.
I love your table, plaid is a fave of mine.
Just bought myself 12 plaid dinner plates at PB Outlet. Deal of the day, 4.97. Merry Christmas to me! :)
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish, and have a very Merry Christmas, Laurie!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I don't get my entire bunch here together very often but I they would say nix nix to waiting! Now your table is gorgeous. Love the tablecloth and all of your dishes. Especially your looong centerpiece! Gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)