Christmas in the Kitchen

 “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it’s mighty Founder was a child Himself.”  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet there was also something extraordinary about it.

What would seem like a lot of ‘nothing’ to some, felt like a whole lot of ‘something’ to us.

Christmas brunch or breakfast tablescape

Oh sure, there were the bigger moments. Yelling ‘TIMBER’ as we cut down the Christmas tree and the annual embarrassing of my children as I sing ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ in my best opera voice standing there in the middle of the tree farm as my kids beg me to stop. And, of course, there was Thanksgiving in all of it’s nap inducing glory. But, in between those seemingly bigger moments there many, many moments of just…well…being. And we needed them.

On Friday morning, I found myself standing in my kitchen just soaking in the sweetness of the sounds around me. The familiar strains of Christmas songs playing in the background. Through the door to the dining room I could hear my husband and son talking and laughing as they worked on the giant puzzle spread out on the table. My daughter was happily playing in her imaginary world which that morning included rigging up her stuffed deer to pull an old wicker sleigh she had found in the attic when we pulled out the Christmas decorations.

And I was reminded once again, that the kitchen truly is the ‘heart’ of the home. Here I stood in the epicenter of it all and felt the sheer bliss of that moment.

When you become a mom, you realize the true joy that comes from creating the ‘magic’.

Chalkboard paper tablecloth for Christmas breakfast atthepicketfence.com

So, when World Market invited me, along with several other bloggers, to show off our Christmas kitchens, I felt my heart leap for joy. Because to me, my kitchen is where all of the magic of the season really takes place.

Like the magic of a Christmas morning breakfast complete with a chalkboard paper tablecloth.

chalkboard paper placemat outline place setting

And the personal touch of a monogram mug with napkins reminiscent of candy canes sitting on top of the glass dishes my grandmother collected for me all of those years ago. There is definitely something magical about the linking of the old with the new.

Christmas breakfast or brunch table setting atthepicketfence.com

I’m certain that this jingle bell garland fell off of Santa’s sleigh as he flew over our house last year. And it looks perfect wound around a trio of sparkly white trees.

Christmas trees with jingle bell garland centerpiece atthepicketfence.com

On these cold, wintery days my kids love to come home from school and have a cup of hot cocoa. So a hot cocoa station is always a staple in our kitchen at Christmas.

Hot Cocoa Station atthepicketfence.com

This little easel chalkboard creates the perfect welcome.

chalkboard easel on hot cocoa station atthepicketfence.com

What is it about sparkly little houses that add to the feeling of magic at Christmas? My daughter loves to imagine what they people are like who reside in this tiny abode.

vintage scale with christmas house atthepicketfence.com

A tiered stand provides the perfect place for storing everything you need to make the perfect cup of hot cocoa.

wire two tiered world market stand

Small glass jars hold crushed peppermints and chocolate chips because, you know, hot cocoa isn’t quite sugar-y enough without adding a bit more! 😉

small glass canister for hot cocoa bar

And why would you ever just use a spoon to stir your hot cocoa when you could use peppermint stirrers instead?

peppermint stirrers for hot cocoa station atthepicketfence.com

Capturing the magic of Christmas in your kitchen can be as simple as using bakers twine to add a small wreath to existing wall decor.

Christmas greenery hanging on wood cutting board atthepicketfence.com

Or proudly displaying the gingerbread carousel you and your daughter made on that magical weekend of blissful nothing-ness.

Elevated on a pretty cake stand  it adds the perfect touch of whimsy to the kitchen.

gingerbread carousel on cake stand atthepicketfence.com

And a trio of gingerbread men cookie cutters tied on canisters hint at the wonderful baking to come.

gingerbread cookie cutters tied on canisters atthepicketfence.com

You know, my kitchen isn’t what I consider to be the most beautiful or the most perfectly decorated space in my home. The cabinets need to be painted and the floors need to be refinished. There are spelling lists tacked to bulletin boards and lunch boxes on the counter waiting to be packed for the next school day. Mail spills out of the basket on the desk and the sink is rarely void of dirty dishes.

And yet, it’s my favorite room in the house. Because, like a heart, it’s constantly ‘pumping’ into the veins of our life.

My kitchen almost feels like another member of our family.

gingerbread cookie cutter tied onto canister on kitchen counter

It works hard this time of the year to create those magical moments.

Those moments when you fully realize how extraordinary those ordinary moments are.

Christmas coffee station atthepicketfence.com

Like the look on the faces of your children when they see sprinkles on top of whipped cream on top of a sparkling and colorful concoction like this Christmas morning punch made with clementine soda.

Christmas Morning Punch from atthepicketfence.com

 

Christmas punch with clementine soda atthepicketfence.com

Christmas Morning Punch

Christmas Morning Punch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Clementine or other fruit flavored sparkling beverage
  • 1 cup Ginger Ale
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • Whipped Cream
  • 2 tbps. fresh orange juice

Instructions

  • Mix together clementine soda, ginger ale, lime juice and orange juice in a pitcher and chill until ready to serve.
  • Add 2 tbps fresh orange juice to whipped cream and place a dollop on top of each glass.
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From the time my children were babies, I have found myself wishing I could bottle up every moment. Every time I felt their little hand slip into mine. Or the sound of their uncontrollable giggling. Or the spontaneous ‘I love you mommy’ that brings tears to my eyes each time without fail. And never have I wished for a magic bottle to capture those moments more than at Christmas.

I read once that ‘the only thing better than being a child at Christmas is experiencing Christmas with your own children.’

So, maybe I really don’t need magic bottles to hold those moments.

Because I get to experience them over and over again every time I see their precious faces.

The imprint of the moments is all over our family…our home…our kitchen. :-)

14 Beautiful Christmas Kitchens with Recipes and Free Printables

 

For more Christmas kitchen inspiration I hope you will visit these talented ladies!

Yellow Bliss Road
Ella Claire
Liz Marie Blog
Just Destiny
Clean & Scentsible
Making Home Base
Domestically Speaking
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
AKA Design
Sand & Sisal
Lolly Jane
Eighteen25
Love Grows Wild

And I’m so thankful we had this moment here together today At the Picket Fence,

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*Disclosure: I was compensated through product from World Market but all opinions are 100% my own*

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Comments

  1. Shelia says

    Oh, Vanessa, your post brought a tear to my eye. Love your kitchen and all of your sweet Christmas touches.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. Suzi says

    Love this! So many ideas to glean for my kitchen which I am working on today :) Thought you would want to know that the Domesticly Speaking link simply goes back to your page.

  3. June says

    Vanessa,

    I want to jump right through my computer and sit and have a hot chocolate with you.
    I love your writing and how you bring it all to life.

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful.

    My home is quiet right now as my two boys have gone back to grad school and college after a delightful Thanksgiving weekend. Oh how I wish I could bottle the noise of this past weekend…grandog and all.

    Hang on to those wonderful memories with your little ones. They grow up so quickly.

  4. says

    I want to spend time in the heart of your home, sitting at your beautiful holiday table! I love how you drew the placemats on chalkboard tablecloth, and I’m more than ready to fill my cup up at your cocoa station (I promise I’ll clean up after myself!) You’ve created such a thoughtful Christmas kitchen, Vanessa … one where, undoubtedly, magic and memories are certain to take place in the coming weeks!
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  5. says

    The ordinary days are the best :) Love everything, so festive and gorgeous. Good thing you don’t live by me or I would stop by and steal those trees, they only had 1 left at our cost plus :) XO

  6. says

    So pretty! Love all of the details in your kitchen! That Christmas punch is a MUST!!!! Thanks for sharing girls and so nice to meet you! xoxo Destiny

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