Do you have any special things that you do in your family for the holidays? Funny, nostalgic, sentimental, whatever? This is one that is dear to my family's heart, every year!
The Christmas Dishes.
Every December 1st, I climb up to a little used cupboard and get out my set of Christmas dishes. I have done this every year for 25 years. There is, of course, a story...
My husband's family is quite large and many members have little money to spare, so many years ago, we decided to draw names for Christmas. We usually put a money maximum on the gift, like $25.00. Or we put a requirement: you had to make it youself; or, it had to be Green; or it had to be consumable...whatever. One year my late) retired StepFather In law drew my name. The one thing I really really wanted that year was a set of Christmas dishes that I had seen at Zellers, costing $25.00, so that is what I asked for. He said he would give me the money and I could buy them myself, but no, I wanted him to make that effort for me. So....my DH then asked me what I wanted from the kids for Christmas. You guessed it: I asked for another set of the same dishes so that we would have a service for eight. DH went to the local Zeller's: no dishes. He went to another: no dishes. He drove to the city an hour away and checked all four Zeller's there: no dishes. So he drove to a city two and half hours away, and yahoo! Got their last set of dishes....Christmas morning the box from the kids was under the tree and I was thrilled to find my Zeller's dishes. Off to the granparent's house for more Christmas. There was the box under the tree. I opened it up and....there was a beautiful set of Christmas dishes, obviously not from Zeller's and much more expensive than $25.00. "Well", said SFIL, "I looked at those dishes from Zeller's and didn't like them so I went to a china store and bought REAL Christmas dishes". They ARE just right for me. And DH drove two and a half hours to Zeller's and got his $25.00 back and we went to the china store and bought another service for four so I would have my service for eight Christmas Dishes. Every December to this day I use those dishes for the month of December. And every time I take them out, I remember that I have had two men in my life (other than my Dad) who would go to no end of trouble to make my Christmas a happy one.