Gentle at Home

“Gentle, at home,/ amid my friends I’ll be/ Like the high leaves/ Upon the holly tree.”

-Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890

This year The Pear Tree House will be hosting our annual family Christmas get-together. We do a traditional turkey dinner (despite the fact that about half of us are vegetarian!), with all the trimmings: mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing, and of course a Christmas pudding set ablaze and mince tarts for dessert.

While I love lavish, formal setting with such meals, our little place can hardly accommodate such extravagances. So I did a practice setting this morning, to make the table special but still somewhat informal and fun.

The snowflakes adorning plates and table were crocheted by my mum many years ago.

The plates came from Canadian Super Store.

The glasses are Hungarian crystal, a gift from a lady I once interviewed for the newspaper, who had a rather luxurious boutique on Ellis Street in Kelowna. Alas, the shop is long since gone.

The poinsettia candle hales from Past Times in England.

Christmas crackers from Walmart.

Jingle bells holding the Pier 1 Imports napkins came from The Dollar Store.

Forks, knives and spoons were thrifted from various stores.

Oh, yes, and the table runner is actually a beautiful, hand-woven scarf by S Designs. But the white with flecks of gold looks so elegantly festive!

I can’t wait to see the table full of loved ones and rife with laughter, stories and voices.

But first, to do something about the victuals that will fill our plates – and tummies – full to brimming this Sunday afternoon…


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  1. I love the care and thought you put in to having your guests over to celebrate together on such a special, blessed day. So sweet, so thoughtful; I wouldn’t have expected anything less from you, Mrs. PearTree.

  2. Wow, I can’t wait for dinner at your house. Looks great!!

  3. It all looks so warm and inviting! Beautiful job Mrs. Pear Tree!

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