I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.
The snow casts a quiet and pure spell, just what we need now.
Snowflakes are scattered all around inside my house.
I would like to see the woods and trees outside my windows also gently blanketed and the bushes tinged with a little frosty glow.
But not for a few more days! Charlotte and Will fly in from Scotland on Saturday and clear skies would be greatly appreciated.
Dinner Saturday night will be at this cozy woodland table. My two very first carolers will be there too. And although my family tremendously enjoys imitating their poses and faces, I know these two would be missed if they failed to appear on the table!
I can't wait. Did you ever need to really hug your kids?
The table is ready for their homecoming dinner.
Dinner plates with four different woodland creatures top my favorite white chargers that look like snowflakes and add a bit of brightness. No need for place cards -- by looking at the animals each of us will know where to sit.
The wolf is Charlotte's dish. Since she was a little girl she has been fascinated by wolves and interested in their welfare. One of her favorite childhood books was Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.
It has a happy ending.
There MUST be an owl for Will.
His dish, however, is the Boar's Head.
"The boar's head, as I understand, is the rarest gift in all the land."
Do you know that Christmas carol?
The words are NOT
"The boar's head, as I understand, went to school in many lands."
Sadly, this is the type of humor (?) you will find in my family.
Mr. Fun gets the Big Bear dish.
It is big and strong, and would like to be hibernating.
Quite like Mr. Fun after a good meal.
And that leaves the deer for me.
I have been watching them from the window (staying away from the window that crushed my finger before Thanksgiving), hoping to see the large buck drop his antlers in my yard.
Mr. Deer, you eat my plants.
Please leave me your antlers in return!
Our family table would never be complete without a hedgehog. Or two.
Other creatures and small candle trees are scattered on the table.
Some of the candles are lit, along with tea lights in brilliant red votives.
This bark shaped pillar glows from the inside and is truly beautiful.
There are some candles, however, that I simply cannot bear to see melt. The little animal candles were a Christmas gift to me from Will.
Light them if you dare!!!
Peeking at us through the trees and candles is St. Nick himself.
My chalkware Big Santa knows if you've been
naughty or nice.
He's part of a collection marching across my living room mantel, but he's come over to dinner to remind me to check my list twice.
When Charlotte and Will were younger we left cookies and milk for Santa, but also left carrots and put deer food in the yard. Of course, on Christmas morning there were reindeer footprints to be found in the snow or mud!
This year we will be very happy to be all back together for the first time in four months.
Our celebration will include singing Christmas carols, a mix of Jingle Bells and Silent Night, Holly Jolly Christmas and The First Noel.
And of course,
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men