It all started with this little candlestick holder. . .
back in 1984.
Tom and I were living in Austin, Texas at the time. He was doing a post-doc at the University of Texas, and I was working on my accounting degree. We were very poor. We didn't have many "nice" things. (But we were really, really happy.)
So I was surprised when I opened my Christmas gift from Tom that first year in Texas and discovered this little Spode candlestick holder. Apparently, he'd been shopping in a mall department store, and the candlestick had caught his eye.
The next year, he bought me a second candlestick holder.
And, with that, my collection of Spode Christmas Tree china began!
Each year, he chose a piece for me.
Now, I have a full "service for 8."
A tea set.
Various serving pieces.
Even a gravy boat!
I love getting out my Christmas china every December, and setting it up in my china cabinet. We use it daily -- not just for special meals -- throughout the holiday season. I love remembering how Tom "discovered" the pattern -- and how he liked it so much that he splurged on a piece for me . . . way back when. But I especially love using the candlestick holders. They will always be my favorite pieces. I think their candlelight glows brighter and longer than any other candlelight. . .
Mom Update: Surgery tomorrow. She is comfortable . . . but miserable. I thank you all for your kind words of support. They mean a lot to me -- and to my Mom, as well! Many thanks!