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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Christmas Holly Breakfast Table

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Breakfast on Christmas Day is a simple meal 
at our house around the 

Christmas Holly 
Breakfast Table 

The table is set in the breakfast sunspace before Christmas day so 
we can enjoy it longer and so 
making breakfast on Christmas day is easier. 
After all, there are stockings and presents to open, you know. 

A simply-set table with a simple centerpiece and 
a faux holly swag hung beneath the breakfast lamp 
complement the holly decorated dishes and placemats. 

The meal is simple also. 
Slices of walnut apple raisin bread on the oblong holly tray,
 eggs, scrambled or basted, and 
crisp bacon slices 
is a quick and easy breakfast. 

Coffee to drink for some. 
Others prefer eggnog on this special day. 

My brother and sister-in-law gave me the coffee server for 
Christmas many years ago. 
I think of them each time I use it. 

Red background with holly sprigs placemats are new this year 
from HomeGoods and go with the Holly dishes by Villeroy and Boch.  

Place cards are not really needed, but these holly-decorated 
place cards are perfect with the dishes and placemats. 

I've had them for years and enjoy using them for 
decorations, not for actual place cards. 

The bare tree, fresh and natural, brings out the greens in the 
placemats, dishes, and birdcage paper napkins. 
Its fragrance says, "Christmas," in our house. 

The sterling silver flatware, Meadowsong by Towle, was a 
wedding gift from my parents. 
The birdcage napkin with its cheerful bird reminds us of the birds 
singing their "meadowsong" right outside the breakfast windows. 

The faux holly swag hanging from the wall lamp 
echoes the holly prints on the dishes, placemats, and place cards. 

The simplicity of the swag fits in well with the 
simplicity of the table setting and bare, fresh tree. 

Sometimes a simple centerpiece is the the most stunning. 

The rustic bird appears to be pecking a berry in the candle ring 
surrounding it. 

Reminiscent of the real birds outside the windows, 
this one also brings smiles to our faces on Christmas day. 

The twist of its head gives this little bird real personality. 

The Christmas holly breakfast table...  

Asymmetrical designs reflect the asymmetrical aspect of our day. 
Stockings opened before some get out of bed, 
presents opened before breakfast, and 
a simple breakfast to tide us over until a late afternoon lunch. 

Then it's off to see a Christmas day movie. 

A tradition started when I was single, 
living in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., 
and far from home on Christmas day... 
For my first Christmas day movie in 1969 
there were only two or three other people in the theater. 
Nowadays, the theater is full for a Christmas day movie. 
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  1. What a beautiful table! And, your view is to die for!! Merry Christmas! Lynda

  2. Really enjoyed taking a seat at your Christmas holly breakfast table, even for a bit, before all your guest arrive! So charmingly set, accessorized and lit. I agree that less is more, thus, your berry wreath centerpiece/nibbling little bird and fresh, unadorned tree, in this nook, are picture perfect!

    Merry Christmas!


  3. Beautiful! Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a great holiday!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  4. How lovely Judith! I have no need of periodicals with such inspiring posts!
    Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014,

  5. A festive table for your Christmas morning breakfast, and the food sounds delicious. We used to go to the cinema Christmas Eve every year which was my late father's favourite thing to do. That's when the new James Bond movies would preview and Dad was a real Bond fan. We haven't continued the tradition but think of it often.

  6. What a beautiful setting! Visiting from The Dedicated House.

  7. Gorgeous table! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Gorgeous table in a gorgeous room! I love how warm and lovely this setting is, besides the lovely dishes and decor. I just came from Anything BLUE Friday, where you're featured. Happy New Year.

  9. I'm also your newest follower for 2014! Hope you would like to follow back, I'll be very happy.

  10. I'm smiling.....
    The very same napkins graced our Christmas table!!!


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