At Christmas time, you want to set a bountiful, beautiful table, with your very best china, a cherished old lace or damask cloth or a special new one in brightly-colored fabric. You want a holiday centerpiece of tall white candles and fresh greens and holly, or pink and red roses, or clusters of frosted fruits, or a bowl of shining tree ornaments.
You want a centerpiece for every dining table, the small one by the living room fireplace for after-dinner coffee, and the kitchen breakfast table, too. But the most festive one of all, of course, belongs on your dining room table, where you gather round for a Merry Christmas dinner.
Basket of fresh fruit and greens, on a table set for Christmas breakfast in the country — old ironstone, red-and-white patterned cloth.
Pink and red roses, live greens, holly leaves sprayed gold, and tall white candles on a shocking-pink cloth.
Basket, piled high with holly, and hurricane candles, blue spruce boughs and artificial fruits on a red cloth.
Circle of candles and holly, filled out with a generous border of blue spruce, against a bright blue cloth.