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Monday, 6 January 2020

Dinner with the family

It wasn’t our usual meal in the kitchen. Our first dinner of the New Year was in the dining room, with the fancy china, crystal and candlelight. Meals with the kids are usually much less formal.


This one warranted the seasonal tablecloth my mother gave me a few years before she died. At the centre of the table, in a place of honour was a brass candle holder my husband’s maternal grandmother had owned. Dessert was served from her tea cart on a cake stand my paternal grandmother had owned. It felt as if they were all present. 


My husband, our daughter and I shared stories of these women and life when we were growing up. The eldest grandchild, at eight years old, asked questions while the other two listened. There were five generations at the table.


Dinner with the family took on a whole new meaning.



23 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Sounds like a lovely dinner with your family. Five generations together is wonderful. Happy Monday, wishing you a great day and a happy new week!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Lovely idea! So often we never use all these heritage items.

DJan said...

What a wonderful word picture of your dinner. And having five generations all present for the occasion is lovely. Thank you for sharing this event with us. :-)

Debbie said...

beautiful...and a new memory to add to the list of memories!!!

"remember that dinner on new years eve one we ate in the dining room with the good china"...everyone will remember!!

always use that good china, there is never a better day than today!!!

Linda said...

Simply wonderful Marie.


But no picture????

Barb said...

A fine way to start the new year by giving thanks and remembering.

At Home In New Zealand said...

Sounds like a wonderful dinner meal, and using family heirlooms will have made it even more special. Precious memories, from the past and being created for the future.

photowannabe said...

Marie, this gives me chills.
What an absolutely wonderful way to begin the new year.
The Grands will always remember it and how special it was.
Repeating family history is so important. I wish I had asked more questions about our family.
Now there isn't anyone to ask and some things are lost forever.
Have a most awesome New Year.
Sue

Elephant's Child said...

What a beautiful celebration. Thank you for sharing it.

Rhodesia said...

I have to admit rarely do the two of us sit at the dining table for a meal though it does happen from time to time. Guests yes, meals always at the table with all the best china and cutlery 😊 Glad you had a good family meal.
Cheers Diane

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh, that sounds so very special.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

This was a wonderful event to have happen. Well done!

William Kendall said...

Time well spent.

Rose said...

What memories you are making!

Joanne Noragon said...

A fantastic tradition. The little ones will think about this all year and be ready next year.

Barbara said...

That was so sweet. I love all the items that were passed down.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That's a lovely idea. My mother, father and grandmother's photos are always present among the Christmas decorations - but not grandfather who caused enough Christmas arguments in his lifetime!

Jenn said...

Love this! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Liz Hinds said...

How wonderful! And how important to share stories of other generations and life as it was.

bill burke said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. All the stories told and shared around the table, incredible and priceless.
A happy 2020 to you and your family!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

So wonderful to have these kind of special dinners with memories from the past gracing your table, and blessing your hearts!

baili said...

i will say you had n ideal dinner dear Marie :)
perfect way to well come year and share love of the family
wishing you more happiness in life ahead my friend ,may Lord bless you with new year filled with grace of Lord ,love of loved ones and serenity of soul and mind!

Retired Knitter said...

Wonderful!!