A memory is a photograph taken by the heart...to make a special moment last forever...and of all the memory-pictures that happy times can bring, the best are those that families make together ~
~ Author unknown

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mom's Christmas Jewels ~ Memory Count Down ~ Day 29

~ Click on collage to enlarge ~

These are just a very few of Mom's (1933~2010) beautiful German Christmas tablecloths. Over the years she brought them home with her on her yearly trips while visiting our family in Augsburg . . . she always made sure she added to my collection too. So between us, we have quite a collection of these very pretty and special Christmas linens. The ones in the collage are just some that I used this year throughout the house.

Just after mom passed, I was able to get a small part of her linens . . . I am still in awe of the wonderful shape they are in. She had had them for so many years, yet, they are perfectly ironed, folded and 99% stain free . . . I have always wondered how she did it . . . I have always been afraid to use them because in this family, we are pretty rough on our stuff but I know she would want us to enjoy them  . . . that's what her intention was all along . . . and . . . I don't mind the washing and ironing to take care of them . . .  I feel very blessed to have such special treasures.

~ Happy Holidays! ~


  1. I LOVE your concept, maybe I will start something similar for 2012 for my family, thanks for the idea!

  2. Thank you, Ellen, your very welcome. I think it's a wonderful way to document treasures and traditions for our future descendants. I may just keep this going with non Christmas items through-out the year too. Happy New Year to you and yours, Ellen. Thank you for visiting.

  3. Gini,
    These are beautiful. What a wonderful treasure to remind you of times past with your mom.

  4. Thank you, Betty, I would love to share them all but just way too many! Maybe another collage! Happy New Year to you and your family ~

  5. Love the linens, love the collage. Beautiful all the way around.

  6. Oh these are lovely! I only have 3 of these types of table linens. Mine are from Poland of course but they look very similar. They were sent to me by my cousins who live there. I treasure them. Like you, I worry about getting them stained. I alternate which one I put on display each year and I try to find a spot not near food or candle wax, lol!