Friday, December 18, 2020

The Christmas Dining Room

Hi, Friends, 
How are you? I hope that you are well. I pray that you are experiencing peace in our weary world. 

In spite of some very difficult things going on in the lives of our family members, I'm experiencing the joy of the Lord like never before. Joy has nothing to do with our circumstances. 
He continues to teach me new things concerning steadfast faith in Him. 
The Christmas music has been playing non-stop. I'm binging on my favorite songs and I'm thinking about the appearance of our Savior after days of deep darkness. 

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice at the harvest as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9 2-7

The dining room is home to the more meaningful symbols of the season. 
Our beloved Nativity is just like the one that we had when I was growing up. 

By the time I got the set, Joseph's head had been badly glued back on. 
Then, I somehow lost Baby Jesus. I think he was wrapped in tissue and was accidentally thrown away. 
I searched eBay and won a new identical set. 
The Baby Jesus on this set has the sweetest face ever. If you love nativity sets, I recommend searching for one. The date on the bottom is 1960. Goebel has stunning nativity sets. 

Some thrifted Goebel angels stand guard over a Lenox Jesus. He was an outlet store find. We had a Lenox outlet for a while and it was amazing. I wish I'd bought more pieces. Some of the gold wasn't perfect which is why he ended up at the outlet. 

Animals from other sets keep watch. 

I keep all these in the corner cupboard i,e, "Corneilius". 
Cornelius wears a festive wreath. 

The dining room room is still getting use this Christmas season in spite of the fact that we aren't doing any entertaining. 
I'm setting the table for Bill and I with different Christmas china each night. We have several different patterns. Rather than have one large service big enough to feed my extended family, we have several small sets. For our big family gatherings, each table would be set with a different pattern. 
There are too many of us to all eat together in one room. 
Check out this post or this one.  
I love Christmas and I love china. Two of my favs together. 

I put a simple boxwood garland and a plaid cord cover on the chandelier. 

A feather look tree sits on the buffet. This was a $1.00 at one of my favorite thrift stores. 
Our littlest German ornaments hang from the branches. 
I've got to show the creepiest ornament in our collection. 

Is is  a clown? Is it Belsnickle? Is it Krampus? 
I thought he exemplified 2020 perfectly, so he is out of the box for the first time since I've had him. 
My sister saw the photo and said that now she has to sleep with the light on. 

That's about it. 
Blessings to you. 


  1. I love the Belsnickle. It's perfect for this year. Just perfect! Your dining room is lovely. Like you, I'm listening to Christmas music like it's going out of style (which I suppose it will for a bit after the season). I love it. And what IS it about Baby Jesus -- he always gets thrown out or separated from the manager or his head comes off. Personally, It think I could blame a cat for the disappearnace of one of them. My newest manger is all one piece so hopefully he won't get lost again.

  2. Katie, I love your beautiful home. You have such nice ideas. I have to tell you, that ornament , it's freaking creepy, that's what it is. LOL. Do you think someone made it over at one time. It kind of looks clown like. I adore the nativities. Blessings to you sweet girl, xoxo, Susie

  3. Katie, your dining room looks so pretty. I love the simple wreath on the corner cupboard. You wouldn't know it my mine, but I do think a calm and pretty room is just beautiful..Merry Christmas and Stay Well..xxoJudy

  4. The nativity has found it's perfect spot in your lovely lighted china cabinet. Love the angels and animals keeping watch over precious baby Jesus. The feather tree was an amazing find, really beautiful. It sounds like you're immersed in the "reason for the Season" sending hugs and blessings for a wonderful Christmas week!

  5. That is a scary Santa but your dining room looks lovely. Merry Christmas!

  6. Katie your dining room is so pretty. Love the tree you found thrifting. It's filled with beautiful ornaments from Germany. I too think baby Jesus has a sweet face. I love the tall brass angel with the horn very much.

    Merry Christmas!