There is less than a week left and I know we are all
as busy as can be, but we have also all been affected
by the tragedy of the loss of so many sweet innocent
I was pondering what to do for my table, knowing I
wanted to do one in gold as that is our traditional
Christmas Eve theme when an angel, my daughter in law,
Audra showed up at my door with these beautiful
angel wings - a set of six.
This was the card she had attached and she said she knew I
could do something with these beautiful wings.
It was right then that I knew I wanted to do an
honoring all of the sweet angelic children, teachers
and principal who returned to God in the blink of an eye.
This angel crowned the top of my parent's tree as I was growing up.
She is a little thing, not even much taller than my goblet,
but in my childhood eyes she was huge and wonderful.
When both of my parents were gone and we were
cleaning out the house, she got tossed in the giveaway pile.
She didn't seem as magnificent as she did when we were
little. I couldn't let her go. I am so glad I kept her. She
always has a place of honor at Christmas in my kitchen.
I adore her real feathered dress and real feather wings and
her yellow yarn hair and painted delicate features.
She is surrounded by gold on our Angels' Wings table tonight.
Here are my chairs like the inspiration picture.
The wings were made to be worn and had elastic
on them, but Audra suggested punching holes through
the back, so that is what I did and tied them on
with a ribbon. I moved these wooden chairs in
from the kitchen to match the inspiration picture better.
Did you notice when you look at the inspiration photo
that they had similar trees on their table. I noticed
that and got them out of the kitchen where they were
gracing the baking cabinet.
I found these beautiful napkins that match the tablecloth
quite well. They are both painted with gold.
This is the only real china I own. I didn't get any when we got married
and I bought these when I was pregnant with baby number 5. I couldn't
get out of bed the last two months and so I never spent any money.
As the money built up in the account, I decided I wanted to
buy some china from Spiegel Catalog.
I bought matching gold goblets at the same time from Spiegel.
They are the large, heavy ones in the
background and later found these similar ones
at Home Goods.
In my gold vignette in the kitchen I also have these beautiful
gold wings that were given to me as a present years ago.
Here you can see a close-up of the painted napkin.
I found these at Home Goods
and they went so well with this much more pricey tablecloth
that I had purchased several years ago at a furniture
store - Four Chairs.
The plates top my gold beaded placemats that I have had
for years and years and some of my favorite wooden chargers.
Since I know Mrs. Claus personally, I was a little naughty and
brought out her gift to me this year, this wonderful gold flatware
I she got on sale from Horchow.com
(Shhh!!! Don't tell the kids, I don't ever let them use their gifts early.)
But really, they go so well with the table, don't you think?
You know me, I like to hang baubles from the
chandeliers, so here is a shot looking down through
the baubles on the chandelier in the dining room.
There is nothing as pure as gold as a little child and we all
have little ones that I am sure we imagined in our
heads and hearts, leaving that morning with a kiss
and a hug and never returning.
I am so grateful for my knowledge of the true
meaning of Christmas.
While our hearts break, we can have peace in that knowledge.
I testify that Christ came
to earth and He atoned for our sins and the sins of others.
He felt our pains
and our sorrows and He can heal all things with His
love. I am thankful for that knowledge and that He
promised the Gift of the Holy Ghost who can comfort
us. May we all pray for those who have lost, that
they may feel that comfort
and be lifted as if On Angels' Wings.
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