We have a
bribe tradition (that sounds much nicer) we do each year before Christmas. I invite our children and grandchildren over for dinner, and all of them help decorate the two trees in our family room.
The tradition also includes custard, hot chocolate and desserts served in the study, around my retro Christmas tree.
First, the custard. I haven’t decided whether our grandchildren like custard or whether they drink it because they like getting it in a Christmas wine stem to clink with each other. (Another tradition is the lecture about clinking lightly.)
After drinking the custard (with a lot of toasts and clinking by the grandchildren) in front of the lit trees with all of the rest of the lights out, we go back to the study and make our way to the hot chocolate.
Amid the retro ornament boxes and Christmas decorations, there are plates by Rainbow Mountain, depicting each of Santa’s reindeer. It takes awhile for each grandchild to select which reindeer plate they are going to use.
Ooops! I just realized that I have taken Cupid’s picture twice. I have three sets of these plates. So…there is a reindeer missing, but I don’t have time to figure out which one. Let me know if you figure it out.
We wind our way past the retro Christmas village, and
past a couple of Santas in sleds being pulled by reindeer.
Until we find the candy canes in the vintage Santa mug.
We might stop to see more vintage ornaments in the box before we find the bowl of kisses, because after decorating our trees, we all deserve a kiss or two.
After we get a piece of cake (which I forgot to photograph), we end up at the “castle” cookies. My grandchildren think these Walgreen’s cookies are the best, so I have to provide the “best” for my grands.
This table is set on a vintage Nutcracker tablecloth that I bought at a flea market some time ago.
Thank you so much for coming to visit. laurie