I have a real soft spot for Christmas china, though I don’t personally own a set. But I look at it with a fond eye when I spy it in the stores. From what I hear, you Southern ladies pick out a set when you get engaged (or is it when you are born?) and you have a Thanksgiving set as well. Is this true?
When I look at the beautiful Spode Christmas china, my practical side says, “Well, even if it is on sale, is it really worth it if I will only be using it about two months out of the year? And then, only once a week during those two months?” And my practical side says, “Move away from this aisle at once.” But my other side (is it my mother’s Southern side?) says, “Oh, that is just lovely. I really should invest sometime in some Christmas china.” But then my practical side says, “And where, oh, where would you store it for the other ten months of the year?”
I do have a set of adorable dessert plates from Pottery Barn that feature the twelve days of Christmas on them.Â And they pack up neatly in their orignal box, no problem. And I have a glorious Spode Christmas Tree Grove punch bowl that is full of mandarin oranges at Christmas. It is easy to store and brings a certain gravitas to my table. But it can also stumble me into thinking that I really should just buy the whole set to go with it. But then my practical side gets the mic again, and I humbly (and wisely?) obey.