Twenty years ago my mom started a collection of Christmas dishes for me and every year she added to the collection.
Some years there were place settings,
some years there were serving pieces,
|nesting storage bowls with covers|
|salt and peppers|
and some years there were fun accent pieces.
|cookies and milk for Santa|
|pitcher and candy dishes|
The pattern is Happy Holidays by Nikko.
I like the swirled edges on the plates. I like that each of the pieces has the same Christmas tree on it with the teddy bear and the star on top.
But what I like most are the collector plates.
Beginning in 1993 the Happy Holidays pattern produced a dated collector plate. They all had the same tree. The first year the tree was the same as the place setting tree.
Sometimes the scene was an indoor one
|Rockin Around the Christmas Tree|
and sometimes the scene was an outdoor one.
|Frosty the Snowman|
Always the plates were named for a favorite Christmas carol.
And then something happened in 2009.
There was a shortage of plates and we were unable to get one that year.
And so the decision needed to be made. Do we skip that year and have a hole in the 'complete set' hoping to be able to find one later on? Or do we stop where we are? When 2010 rolled around I decided to stop with the plates that I have. Sixteen is quite a few. Added to the 12 place settings that I have I could serve 28 people which is much more than I have room for in my little house. I used to display them on the wall and 16 is even a lot to find room to display.
I still look every once in a while to see if there is one out there for sale online knowing that if I found 2009 those that came after would be easier to find and I could fill out my set. Nikko also has another set of Christmas dishes called Christmastime which is an octagonal shaped stoneware with the exact same design on the collector plate and I have thought occasionally about getting the 2009 plate in that pattern but it wouldn't be the same.
And it is fine. There are still pieces that I need to fill out my set. More salad plates, more bread plates and more glasses. And oh the cute serving pieces and accent pieces--new ones every year. I will be okay.
Here are the dishes waiting to be put away. I gather them all together and then using a ladder tuck them away in the uppermost cupboards above my sink. Until next year.
Thanks Mom for the not so small fortune that you have invested in these favorite dishes over the years, usually it was my favorite present under your tree.