Simple Christmas Tables

This Christmas my family is preparing to move to a new state to start a new church. The opportunity is an answer to prayer and something we are very much looking forward to, but packing to sell a house during the holidays can take a bit of the shine out of Christmas decorating. While we won’t be spending much time decking our halls with boughs of holly, we can dress up our holiday table in record time with a few creative touches. 

Here are some simple things you can use to take your table from ordinary to festive! 

  • Candy Canes
    Put candy canes in potted plants, vases or jars for an instant centerpiece or decorations.
  • Cinnamon Sticks
    Tie a pretty ribbon around a small bundle of cinnamon sticks to add an aromatic and festive touch to your holiday table-settings.
  • Cookie cutters
    Simply set them around on the table or on plates for holiday fun.
  • Cranberries
    Fill glass jars with cranberries and add votives! 
  • Napkin rings
    Tie ribbon, sprigs of holly, snips of evergreen, or pinecones around your napkins for a finishing touch. Or if you are feeling crafty you can make napkin rings out of paper towels tubes…simply cover with paper and embellish.

It is so easy to lose the joy of the season and become a Scrooge when life throws curves in our plans! But just like the humble manger where Jesus was born, Christmas decor doesn’t have to be perfect or elaborate to be special and meaningful. Remember the reason for the season.

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. –Luke 2:7 NIV

1 comment for “Simple Christmas Tables

  1. JoAnn
    December 15, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    was so please to read of the simplicity of decoration and reminded of the simple manger… as everyone else my holiday budget is next to nothing.. but i still felt pressed to host my annual sister brunch.. which is one of my holiday traditions.. but had no money to work with…. not wanting to give up on the tradition i prayed and pressed forward and looked around the house.. for ideas.. i used butcher paper instead of holiday table clothes.. recycled some holiday wreaths. and regrouping.. used pine cones from outside.. with scraps of holiday ribbons,all sorts of holiday colors.. red. green . silver gold..
    used candy canes..and peppermint candies as table decorations.. kid helped out and made paper snow flakes.. and hung around.. along with the food which was down home cooking.. and the brunch was a great success. for next to nothing.. cept lots of good visits and
    sweet memories..
    thanks for the great ideas.. keep them comming.. May God Bless you all and your labours of Love… JoAnn
    P.S. after brunch everyone left sweet messages on the coffee and hotchocolate stained paper.. which i will cherish.. and not have a extra load of linens to wash.. but a scrap book of sweet memories..

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