Monday, December 2, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree

23 Days Till Christmas - Diary of a Christmas countdown.

December 2, 2013

O Christmas Tree.

When I was eighteen my Mother drove me to a job interview at a little company near where we lived.  It was my first job interview.  My mother waited in the car while I filled out a job application, I was probably only there for about a half an hour or so.  I did not get the job. The companies name was Walker China.  Not long after that I did get a job at a large steel company in the area, and I have continued to work in that industry for over forty years.  I had not thought much about Walker China through the years.  I know they closed down way back in the eighties.  The original steel company that I worked for closed the doors on the plant I worked in in 1984.  About the same time the china plant formerly known as Walker China shut down after having been sold  and resold several times. Walker China came back into my mind after all of these years when I happened to find a beautiful set of eight dinner plates with one of the prettiest Christmas tree designs I had ever seen.  It is just lovely.  When I look at these plates I cannot help but think that the person who got the job I had interviewed for on that day so long ago may very well have worked on this set of plates.  And maybe there was a little bit of destiny that both of us would end up without a job at about the same time years later.

O Christmas Tree - my modified abbreviated version.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;

Not only green when summers here,
But also when 'tis cold and drear

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas tree!, O Christmas Tree
Much pleasure thou canst give me;

How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!

From base to summit, gay and bright,
There's only splendor for the sight.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
Salad Plates are by Hartstone - Goodwill purchase,  green Christmas tree goblet - Salvation Army purchase.
Ornament candle holders-Volunteers of America purchase.
Tablecloth, napkins, napkin rings, Santa with geese, and white tree - Thrift store purchases. Flatware by argent - Tuesday Morning sidewalk sale, Small green metal trees - Marc's store purchase (I love Marc's).

Have a wonderful day!  Thrift on ladies, thrift on. 

Linking with:

What's It Wednesday

Let's Dish

Centerpiece Wednesday 

Friday Favorites

Thrifty Things Friday

Make It Pretty Monday


  1. I love how you wove the story of the manufacturer with the tablescape. Beautiful use of patterns that all complement each other!

  2. Your tablescape is so lovely. Love your pretty dishes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  3. Candy- What a gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous table. I LOVE the story about the Walker china. I think those are some of the prettiest Christmas plates I have ever seen- xo Diana

  4. What beautiful Christmas plates! I enjoyed this post and your story. Love the mix of plates and other details on your table. Stellar!

    1. Sarah, For some reason I cannot access you through Google right now, I will try again later, Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for visiting.

  5. A very pretty Christmas plate! And what a great story!

  6. Gorgeous red/white/green classic. Those plates really are very pretty. Love the Santa surrounded by the geese.

  7. I love how the plaid of your chairs goes so well with your tables! This is another great one too. Love the ornament candle holders!

  8. What a fun story and I must say these are some of the pretties Christmas plates I've seen! Love that you have a connection with them. The tablescape is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at TTF and I'll be featuring your post on my Facebook page.

  9. So beautiful, I saw this when Linda at A La Carte posted your pic on Facebook! Love every detail on this gorgeous tablescape!


  10. I love the christmas tree dishes and the plaids and the trees - oh so lovely.

  11. Hi Candy
    You are featured tonight at for Friday Favorites! Beautiful place setting and table! Thank you for ALWAYS linking and ALWAYS leaving a comment!!! xo, laura

  12. Beautiful dishes! So nice to meet you. I'm coming from I'm not a trophy wife party. Have a great Christmas Season. Loved the story, too. I have dishes that look very similar to this and are about the same age... 40 years or so. Poppytrail dishes - rooster design. I don't use them anymore. I don't want to chip them or break them, but this does bring me back. Best wishes to you. Linda

  13. Come share at my party also.