I'm always flooded with memories as I unwrap these guys each year: who gave each one to me, the circumstances surrounding the gift, how long each has been part of the pack, etc. What are your holiday traditions? Do you collect certain ornaments or figurines?
I was cleaning my corner china cabinet the other day, and fell in love with my Nana's hot chocolate set all over again!
When I was a small child and went to spend the night with her, I slept on a small daybed in her diningroom. At the time, I did not think that having a daybed in the diningroom was a bit strange! I recall laying awake at night, listening to the tick tock of her clock....it was not a comfort to me! In the early morning light before she got up, I would stare at her china cabinet, and admire her hot chocolate set. When my Grandpa died, and Nana's health became poor, she had to give up her home and come live with our family. It must have been very sad for her, but I do not recall her complaining. Nana gave me her hot chocolate set, and for many years it lived in a cardboard box, lovingly wrapped in newspaper, until I was married and had a home of my own.
The second shelf down in my corner cabinet, houses what remains of my Nana's coffee set:
She was an excellent needleworker, and used to host her little embroidery group at her home. I don't know if they rotated around to others' homes on a monthly basis or what, but I do have the fondest memories of being included in that group of women. I embroidered my first tea towel while sitting with them. During their little get togethers, Nana would serve coffee in these cups, and of course a little Swedish pastry on the plates. Nana would serve me my 'special blend' of coffee with about five tablespoons of sugar in the bottom of the cup and lots of milk! Oh how I loved being part of that group: Mrs. Lundeen, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Peterson, Mrs. Carlson, Mrs. Wingren....who else? I can no longer remember all of their names, but I will never forget their loving faces and many kindnesses!
And one more memory before we go:
I've never checked in antique books as to whether these things are valuable to anyone else, but of course to me they are the greatest treasures! I'm sure this is nothing more than very inexpensive pressed glass, but oh what memories this plate evokes! My Nana made the yummiest of Swedish pastries, and often served them on this plate, or another in the set. I use these quite often for dessert when we have company over for dinner.
OK, enough of this little trip down memory lane!
PEACE, JOY, LOVE