Our Family Christmas Traditions and the Heart of the Home

12.15.2017

Today we are going in the heart of the home as I share our family Christmas traditions.

We take turns in my family hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas eve and this year it is my turn to host Christmas eve dinner. We start out with appetizers and drinks and socializing and this year I'm serving pots of red and white chili for dinner with all the toppings. I did this a few years ago when I hosted and it was a big hit. I can make the pots of chili ahead of time as it is even better when it is reheated. The rest of the family will bring the appetizers and desserts and we will eat, drink and be merry.

I'm joining some friends today as we each share our traditions and their links will be at the end of the post.


I shared the dining room table recently which you can see HERE and I didn't have it set with bowls as I hadn't decided the menu yet. I will add some bowls in there when I reset that table.

I lucked up on this cute runner at HomeGoods and it was so inexpensive. It was the inspiration for the table setting.

The sleigh, that I bought a couple of years ago with a deer attached to it that is by the flocked tree in the master this year, is simply filled with batting for snow and some red berry and greenery picks.

I had all the dinnerware, napkins, napkin rings and glasses on hand. Some are several years old and I put them together in different ways when it's my turn to host.

Two extra places are set at the counter. I will also be adding a leaf at the breakfast table to seat three more and those places will be set a bit differently since I don't have three more matching place settings. My family really doesn't care how the tables are set. They just want to eat. 

Again using everything I had on hand. We love these bowls from Williams Sonoma.

I used to have six of these hand painted glasses, but I'm down to two. They have either broken or the paint wore off of some.

Each one had a different scene.

I created a little vignette behind the sink with this vintage style snowman...

....and this little house from the Tuesday Morning store that I set on a cake stand with some faux snow. It actually lights up at night on a timer.

Mr.Savvy brings home boxes of fruit from work so I set it out in ironstone bowls so we don't forget to eat it.





Most of us like coffee with our dessert.

I have plenty of mugs.

And this cute fella holds the spoons.



 On Christmas morning I will fix a big breakfast and gifts will be exchanged.

Thanks for joining me in the heart of the home.


I hope you'll visit my friends below to read about their traditions.

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29 comments:

  1. Chili is an excellent dish for a crowd. And it just get better.
    Looks like you're all set for a wonderful gathering.

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  2. Everything looks so pretty.

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  3. I love that new runner! It looks like it will be a lovely, lively Christmas Eve at your house.

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  4. Gorgeous tablesettings and lovely decorations. Your chili dinner sounds perfect for your family celebration. Unfortunately my crowd has 8 members under 8, so liquid is not an option. One of my side dishes will be Kraft Mac & Cheese LOL

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  5. Very festive! So do you go to another family member for Christmas dinner? We are hosting Christmas dinner. Christmas Eve lunch with my MIL and then Christmas Eve service @ church @ 4:00. I'm hoping for just the two of us after that! (Calm before the storm LOL)

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    1. No, we normally have eaten enough after Christmas eve and breakfast. Just light fare for the two of us after that and sometimes we go to a movie.

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  6. I love your table setting, Kim! I do the same thing with several tables set in somewhat different ways to accommodate more people than plates... ;-) Have a wonderful holiday!

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  7. Gorgeous table setting, Kim! Don't you hate when you lose pieces from a collection like your pretty painted stemware? My set of Christmas Waechtersbach dishes that my mother had are chipped but I keep using them. At least you've still got two pieces of the stemware to enjoy! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  8. Everything looks so lovely Kim! I love your kitchen and all of the holiday touches! Merry Christmas! xo

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  9. I love that we share a holiday tradition of EATING on Christmas eve! And your table is stunning (as is your kitchen) and I love that table runner! Happy Holidays! :) Linda

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  10. We love doing big pots of chili when we have people over too! I've never done white chili - will have to give it a try. Merry Christmas Kim and enjoy that dinner with your family!

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  11. everything sounds delicious and so cheery! we love to do irish coffee with dessert and as excited as i am about the baby, i am sad to be missing out on that tradition this year! :) your table looks gorgeous! merry christmas, kim!

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  12. I'm in the process of setting my table for a Christmas lunch tomorrow. I don't have enough of the same plates so my table is eclectic too. Merry Christmas!

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  13. So pretty. I love your idea of the white and red chili. That is a crowd pleaser and easy to serve and everyone gets to have the chili their way. Brilliant idea. Love that table runner so sweet.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  14. Everything looks so festive Kim. I have that same house but I bought mine several years ago from HG. The light fell out though so I need to find a tea light with a timer.

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  15. Your table is just so cute. I love your idea of red and white chili. I may have to borrow this idea! Merry Christmas!

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  16. I love the idea of two big pots of chili for Christmas Eve dinner! So smart to serve something that you can just heat up. Your table setting is lovely and yes I love that runner too! Merry Christmas! XO

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  17. Kim, merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  18. I love the breakfast room table!! The runner is adorable! Your family is in for a Christmas Eve treat with all your perfect touches throughout your home!

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  19. Sounds like a fun family tradition and it’s probably even better since it doesn’t sound like you have to cook all day. Love your dining room all set up for the holidays and your new kitchen looks so pretty! Enjoy!

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  20. what a nice treat to host christmas eve in your beautiful home. we love chili but never thought of red and white chili during the holidays. thanks for that. merry christmas to you mr.savvy and your entire family. i hope to see you soon.

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  21. Kim, First of all your home is gorgeous as always. I LOVE that pretty Christmas house from Tuesday Morning! I need to go in our local one more often. The 2 varieties of chili for Christmas Eve is just perfect! Merry Christmas, my friend. Looking forward to lunch in the new year! XO Christy

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  22. Hi Kim - Your home always looks so warm and inviting. I smiled when I read that your family doesn't care how the table is set, they just want to eat. My family is the same. :-)

    Merry Christmas.

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  23. I love your kitchen decor. Chili is a great idea. You are right, chili is great served the next day. Great post.

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  24. I love your decor anytime, but especially at Christmas. Would you please share your source for the swivel stools at your counter? I have been looking everywhere and I love these! Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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    1. Nancy, those are from Ballard’s. I lucked up on mine at the outlet.

      Thanks

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  25. I love your place settings and that is a shame you are missing some of the hand painted goblets. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. It sounds like FUN!

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  26. We celebrate Christmas Eve too with family but unfortunately, we don't rotate. We each take different holidays. I love how festive and beaituful your home looks. I really love those chili bowls and your menu sounds perfect and simple. That way you can all really enjoy each other's company. merry Christmas!

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