Classic Holiday Entertaining – 2018
Classic holiday entertaining – 2018 is focused on ambience, tabletops, and recipes. If there is one time of the year when it is appropriate to take out the best china and silver, decorate and embellish your home, honor traditions, entertain and gift family and friends it is during the Christmas holidays.
And I love the idea of planning for next year’s Christmas by purchasing new decorations, tableware or whatever elements I find for creating my personal Christmas design and entertaining style.
This year I bought the 2018 White House Truman ornament.
The other addition is ruby faceted chain. Jewelry for my tree which is small and affordable.
Christmas Candles from Horchow Swirl Ball Candle
I ordered their Damask candle for my powder room.
Looks great with my grisaille mural which has a red cardinal.
Next year I want to add a flocked tree for my bedroom/sitting room. Classical Christmas – 2018 has some beautiful flocked trees.
Christmas is the ultimate Classical Tradition. My heritage is Polish. This year I am going to add one of my family’s traditions which is breaking and giving a Christmas wafer (oplateki), with loved ones on Christmas. In Poland Santa Claus arrives on the feast of St. Nicholas on December 26th. The wafer is made of flour and water and it is available on Amazon and other online resellers. It is a wonderful way to bring family together and share with one another a wish, compliment, dream or whatever.
Polish Christmas Wafer – Oplatki
Wikipedia: “Wigilia (Polish pronunciation: [viˈɡilʲa]) is the traditional Christmas Eve vigil supper in Poland, held on December 24. … The word Wigilia derives from the Latin verb vigilare, “to be on watch”, and literally means “eve”.” The eve of the birth of Jesus. My grandparents immigrated from Poland and as a child we had very traditional food which my parents continued. I did not continue the food tradition but here are some favorite Wigilia recipes. Even though some of these recipes go back to the 1500’s they are trending in our healthy eating circles. No meat is served on Wigilia. It is a way to remember that one must always give something up in the goal of gaining.
Classic Pierogi. This can be purchased in any grocery store or ordered made fresh from The Vermont Country Store.
Pierogi come with three different fillings; potatoes, cabbage and potatoes and cabbage. They are versatile and work with lots of different toppings. See Pierogi Toppings here.
Borscht is not for everyone including my husband but for those that eat beats this is a delicious, nutritious and festive looking soup.
Borscht Recipe here.
Polish Honey Glazed Roasted Carrots with Dill. A delicious side dish. Dill is perfect pairing for fish entres on Wigilia.
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