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Getting Ready For A Tennessee Christmas

OK, y’all know just how close I came to having to have quotation marks in that title.  You know it really did need to say “A Tender Tennessee Christmas” just like the much loved Christmas song by the ever famous “Alabama”….who live not far from Tennessee.

The table in our breakfast area is set with Christmas dishes I located at a discount dish shop in our area.  Just happened to be there at the right time.  Oh!  I failed to mention that was the year we had 17 here for Christmas dinner.  At least I knew how many to look forward to and the 17th person was my sister, Jean’s first grandson.  There’s something about a newborn baby in the house, don’t you agree?  So, when I entered Deck’s (dish shop) there were these perfect dishes for everyone to enjoy if I bought 4 boxes of sets of 4.  I asked for a deal on 4 boxes and got all for $90.  Love that they can run through the dishwasher….no worry about metal verges.  No one will get an ulcer if one is chipped or even broken.  These are the fun time dishes for sure.  

Here we go with adding the settings!

The name of the pattern is “Joy Of Christmas” and they have served us up lots of joy in the nearly 2 decades they have been used.  

A few years ago, I was checking my fine china on Replacements online site and stumbled upon them.  Imagine my surprise when the photo showed everything identical to these, but not quite.  See the outer band of orange…well on the ones online that band is not orange..it’s bright red.  Obviously, they were not first rate, but hey not one person had ever mentioned it…you know your best friends and family would speak up if they caught that error in paint.  Lucky for me as the ones with the red band were almost as high as real fine china.  And they are lovely with the Jamestown amber iced teas, that were gifts, when Bob and I were married.  


Just look at old Santa!

This season, we’re planning to use these for everyday and use our Syracuse Yorktown china for Christmas dinner regardless of which day it happens to be.  These have wonderful cereal bowls, salad plates, cups, and saucers…reason to be thrilled with the deal back then and now.

Notice the red and orange stripes on the runner…meant to be!


 Why oh why, do I love dishes so much?  


Brass reindeer had to be there!

Seeing our grandchildren’s faces as they look at the details is priceless!


Love the tree in the red sleigh!


Not very long now until the fun really begins.  Hope you have a very Merry Christmas with those you love and enjoy each moment of the joy together!  You can also see some new and popular Christmas decorations by clicking here

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22 Responses to Getting Ready For A Tennessee Christmas

  1. Helen, the dishes are gorgeous! What a beautiful find and such a great price! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas full of beautiful memories!

    • Maria, thanks for dropping by and for the wonderful Christmas wishes. I think I love the dishes more knowing there was actually a boo boo in the painting of them. The table runner was justified as soon as I realized the stripes would tie it all together.

  2. Lovely dishes and wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas :)

  3. Christmas dishes can brighten the table so much! Mine aren’t as special as yours but the little snowmen on them make us smile! Merry Christmas!

    • Oh, Kc, I bet Amara thinks they are the loveliest Christmas dishes on earth. And that’s all that really matters. I love to see our grands enjoying the special Christmas dishes. Merry Christmas to all in Amaraland! :) Helen

  4. Helen, your dishes are so pretty! What a lovely tablesetting!

    • Shenita, thanks for visiting the Christmas dishes!! I’m dish crazy and had to give a set to GW the last time I bought a new set. Old out and new in! You’ll have to see my magnolia plates sometime soon. Merry Christmas, Helen

  5. What cute dishes. Great that you can use them with the Grands and not worry, after all it’s all about everyone being comfortable. Looks like you’re all ready!

  6. I love your table setting!! My favorite Christmas “china” came from the Dollar Store!! I know the grandchildren’s faces will light up when they are called to the table for the family meal. What memories you are making!!

    Love ya!!


    • Thanks, Glenda! Hey, inexpensive works for me if I love it. And I know your grands love yours, too. Thanks for stopping by amidst all your activities this week. Hugs, Helen

  7. Helen,
    Why, oh why, do I love dishes so much, too??? How wonderful that your Christmas china has given you so much joy over the years, and the runner coordinates perfectly with the edge of the china. As you said, some things are just meant to be! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

    • Jane, are we crazy over dishes or what??? I’m almost positive that I must be. Equal obsession to lamps!! Help! Dare I admit that it was only a couple of years ago that the orange defect was obvious. The runner was meant to be…calmed me down! Thanks again, Jane and Merry Christmas to you, Leo, and all your loved ones. Helen

  8. Your dishes are gorgeous!! Everything looks so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so happy to have you share! :)


    • Kathy, I’m thrilled that you also find our inexpensive Christmas dishes to be gorgeous. I’m enjoying your blog and link party, too. Thanks for dropping by. Merry Christmas, Helen

  9. love;y dishes perfect for Christmas in Tennessee or anywhere , lovely. Thank you or sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

    • Yes, Katie, I know you probably can locate them in Utah, too. Glad you like them. Always a fun blog party at your place.

      Thanks for a great year and Merry Christmas,

  10. Merry Christmas to you too Helen. I love your table and the runner is super!

    • Hi Debbie, glad you like the tablescape for the breakfast room. I’m actually loving the runner more all the time. Thanks for your compliments and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Helen

  11. What a joy to see “my” dishes on your Christmas table. Mine came from “The Dish Barn” outside of Lexington, Ky in 1986. I put them on my dining room table every year and yes the rims are orange not red! I had forgotten the pattern name so glad I saw your blog. I used to be on Kirklands’ site and first “met” you there. Hope all is well.

    • Hi V, it’s great to hear from you again. I’m thinking you might need a table runner like mine with the orange and red stripes on the borders! :) Doing great and hope you are, too. Don’t forget to look up “Joy of Christmas” on http://www.replacements.com. If only ours were flawless! Thanks for visiting and do return soon. Helen

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