Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blue & White "Festi-fied" with Boxwood

Blue and white isn't a color scheme you normally think of as Christmasy. However, the green of preserved boxwood in the center of the table gives a festive twist to blue and white china.
The bowl and matching candlesticks are from Hobby Lobby. beat all competitors for best price on preserved boxwood.
Even the cobalt blue glasses look festive next to green chargers and tiny Christmas tree name tag holders. 
The miniature Christmas trees are from The Dollar Tree.
 They were meant as accessories for their version of the Charles Dickens' village,
 but are repurposed on my Christmas table. 
The crowning touch, in my opinion, is the tiny blue and white ceramic bells from 10,000 Villages.
They remind me of so many carols based on the bell theme. One of my favorites was written by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow during the Civil War:  

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day, 
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said'
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

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