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Holidays Around the Dinner Table

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This holiday season we’ve partnered with some of our favorite bloggers who will be showing you new and inspirational ways to bring the holidays home.

Many of the holiday traditions that we hold most dear are the ones we have grown up with and loved since childhood. We’ve partnered with Jacey Duprie, editor of Damsel in Dior, to see how she is celebrating old traditions in her new home.

One of my first childhood memories includes sitting around the dinner table with a couple of carrots, two potatoes and the fatty pieces of my steak left on the plate. “Take two more bites of your carrots and one more bite of your potatoes and then you can be excused,” said my dad, as he always promised us that carrots would make your eyes bluer and potatoes would strengthen your hair. At the time I never really cared about those things, but looking back I can always recall holding some of the best conversations of my life and learning some very valuable lessons, all around the family dinner table. 

The highs and lows of our day, Mandela being freed from prison, “get those elbows off the table,” Nancy Kerrigan, “look people in the eye when you talk with them,” the sad passing of Princess Diana and hundreds of other discussions, moments and life events were all shared every night with my parents and older brother as we sat down for our nightly 7:30 pm tradition.

After reaching the ripe age of 18, I headed off into the world on my own, feeling utterly homesick and missing my family traditions and home. While I continued to go home, and still do, for major holidays, it was always that nightly gathering that I missed the most.

With a move from Texas to Chicago, Chicago back to Texas and then finally landing in Los Angeles, CA, now, nearly 15 years later, I’ve finally invested in a dining room table of my own.

After recently renovating our first home in a small neighborhood close to Culver City, the very first piece of furniture my husband and I introduced into our home was the round Apex Table from Crate and Barrel. I’ve always been drawn to round tables because they offer a more social setting where everyone can see everyone. We dined on this table the very first night we got it. It brought back so many warm feelings from my childhood that I didn’t know I longed for until I sat in that cozy chair and ate a warm, home-cooked meal. A few weeks later, my Mom visited to help us get ready for the holidays.

We popped into the Crate and Barrel store and picked up a few table accessories, new plates and holiday garnishes. I went to the gym and when I came back home I discovered she had set the entire table. A tear came to my eye when I walked in that day because it felt like my Mom was passing off the torch, teaching me “This is how you set the holiday table.”

I cannot wait to host my first holiday dinner in my first home with my family at our new dining room table and six chairs, one for each of us.

Want more holiday tablescape ideas? Check out this table from My Splendid Living.

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