Creating a FANCY dinner and table setting in your children's younger years can teach them etiquette and manners early on.
When my children were young I wanted them to learn proper table manners and lessons of etiquette because I knew that at some point in all of our lives we would have the opportunity to attend a formal dinner or two. I didn't realize at that time how many special dinners I would attend throughout my life and in different areas of the world. My children will likely have similar opportunities so I am grateful for the teachings at home that we initiated. My husband and I both grew up in homes where Sunday dinner was always a formal affair and that was a tradition we carried on into our home.
I remember hearing someone talking about how they use cloth napkins at every dinner at home because they wanted every gathering as a family to feel special. I was impressed by that, and although I haven't converted to cloth napkins at every meal, I do like setting a nice table.
Christmas Dinner has been a tradition of more formality for our family but it wasn't until this year that I had a DUH moment regarding my Christmas dishes. Why not use them all month of December and not just Christmas dinner???? Oh, my goodness! Why did it take me so long to figure this out??? Sheesh. Well, this year I set my table early in December AND added a nice touch of cloth napkins! The only downside is that I am always thinking there will be fancy food every night, when in all reality, we eat simple food at the island most of the time, but I do love how this adds an element of fullness to the Christmas decor at my home. Everything feels more complete and is very pleasing to my eyes!! And yes, we have eaten from these dishes already this month!