It Doesn't Feel Like the Holidays Until This Item Comes Out

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Editor's Pick for Christmas dinnerware

Photo: Mia Ingui; Graphic: MyDomaine

There are certain signals of the holiday season: red foiled ornaments hanging from store ceilings, peppermint and gingerbread coffees returning to Starbucks, and decorations coming up from the basement and decking your halls once again. All of these get me in the holiday spirit—sooner and sooner each year—but the feeling that the Christmas holiday is beginning doesn't truly come through until we set our table with classic, ornate dinnerware that only makes an appearance once a year.

For me, the magic of the holidays doesn't come in the form of shopping or waiting in endless lines surrounding the mall, but rather the quieter, special moments spent gathered with the family. Our table completely reflects this, and the Christmas tablescape wouldn't be complete without this dinnerware set from Spode that has been a part of the table setting for what seems like forever.

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

Courtesy of Wayfair.

This set is closest to our classic set that was first purchased, or probably gifted in a bridal registry, 20 years ago. I just love the ornate detail and quaint charm of the pieces.

There are endless combinations on offer, all boasting the same sweet Christmas tree design, from mugs to cereal bowls to what's labeled as a "fruit salad bowl"—I find this super amusing. From what I've gathered, it's a hearty set, as it's lasted for years and years without so much as a chip. This makes a strong case for investing in the dinnerware early on and enjoying it for years to come.

The design of these dishes feels the opposite of trendy, which is actually its appeal, for me. It is vintage-y, almost kitschy, and combined with the usual table settings of stocking flatware holders and small porcelain cherubs, it feels right at home on my family's dinner table.

Christmas table.

Courtesy of Mia Ingui

I know my home one day will hopefully boast the same set that my family loved and enjoyed every Christmas—it just wouldn't be the same without it.