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More Christmas Tablecloths than Tables… Mehr Tischdeckchen als Tische

More Christmas Tablecloths than Tables… Mehr Tischdeckchen als Tische

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german christmas Table clothsNovember is when I start cleaning the things I will need for the holidays. Glassware gets a polish, the “good dishes” get a wash, and the tablecloths all get checked for a touch-up iron. So, yesterday I went to the drawer were I keep the smaller Weinachts Tisch Deckchen (Christmas table cloths) and I realized something… over the past few years, I have managed to collect more tablecloths than I have Tables!

The thing is, I can’t give any of them up, they all of them come with a memory!

I remember where they all come from. My favorites are hand embroidered by family… my Oma, my Aunt or my Mother….

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This tablecloth came from my mother’s mother… that’s her monogram. It’s nice, I grew up seeing it on so many linens, and I’m happy to have it now.




Others were gifts for special occasions, and are too special to give up. Isn’t it funny how much memory can be caught up in a piece of fabric?

And I love the new modern patterns that came out in recent years… so I may have picked up a few along the way…

So, what do I do?

I double check them all for spot or hidden stains. I take special care to iron each one. (My mother has a professional iron, so her tablecloths always look super smooth! I have a standard iron, and just can’t seem to get the cloths as crisp… even when I spray with water and starch… wishing we had a Heismangel near by).

And I plan to use and enjoy each and every one in turn…. under the Advent Wreath, under candles, as a topper for the plain white Tablecloth at dinner.

 

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Comment(4)

  1. That’s the case in my house, too! More table cloths than tables!
    My own embroidered ones I made for my mother for the holidays, Oma’s, aunts, presents to me, and even I bought some at German flea markets !! I love table toppers! A long time ago, I ran out of space to put them all….but I don’t care! I change my table linens very often to please myself! I do the same with my German flower vases! What a treasure! Heidi M. Jahrgang 1941

  2. Tablecloths! I just inherited about a gazillion of them after my mom’s passing. And I already had enough of my own, several very lovely hand-embroidered beauties by my mother and Oma. And crochet doilies – at least as many of those. When I get time to sort through them all, I will pass some on to interested relatives. The ones that are stained or otherwise damaged may be eventually repurposed in some way like made into aprons or something. I will definitely be adding photos to this flickr album as I go along: https://www.flickr.com/photos/linderesa/albums/72157632093983651

  3. I love table clothes ! Especially the german ones. One is more beautiful then the other . I have been looking to buy some on amazon , but the shipping is outrages . I did find a few places in America that sells them . I have a few, but in Germany the under skirt come in beautiful colors and the table toppers to match. Thank u so much for letting us know where we can find things in America!
    Merry Christmas!,?
    Rosemarie Dency

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