Uh, yeah. Look at my Christmas cheer ;)
Anyways, I wanted to put up a picture of The Night Before Christmas dining set. (Actually, it looks like they are called A Christmas Story)
My husband found these plates last year at a local gift shop and went nuts. There are 4 different sets of four plates and he bought the first one for my parents, the second for my Aunt and the third for my brother and then a few for his side of the family. He wanted my family to bring their dinner set every year so that we could eat off of them. I didn't want to crush my poor husband's feelings by telling him that my mother would not allow us to eat off of anything but her good china. I mean, she bought it for a reason.
Not this Christmas but next, Bob and I tell a white lie to the families where we tell them we are at the other families (does that make sense) and we stay home for dinner. Just the two of us. Since dinner is such an anxious time for me (Christmas day is the very worst and it can start a few days before and just grow moment to moment until I can't think of anything else but dinner - has to do with panic attacks - For years I had to deal with the Trinity of Meals. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. I'm just starting to enjoy these holidays!) Bob put his foot down and said I would get to enjoy at least one year out of every three. I'm really wishing it was this year ;)
Wow, time to get back on track!
We went out on Monday and picked up a few more items we found that were not available to us last year. I am in love with - Holy Cow! I cannot find a picture of the square serving dish we bought! I am absolutely in awe of it. That's the second gift I have been unable to show you guys! I may have to dig the gifts out of my closet! (edited: sometimes Google doesn't get it done. From a Yahoo search I give you the picture to the left. Yeah!!) Onward. We also bought a serving bowl that would be perfect for mashed potatoes and a covered bowl for veggies. This two tier piece we bought last year and is perfect for those friends and family who bring out the cookies and chocolates when anyone visits.
The good news is that there are pieces that are not too expensive and can be used in those Secret Santa swaps. The plate sets (4 plates) are 40 bucks Canadian. (you may be picking up on my budget techniques as the last gift I talked about was also in this ballpark)
Hmmm, was this one too obvious? Hey, sometimes you have to go with what works!