This may be rushing the season a bit, but I couldn’t resist.

Thanksgiving has been over for weeks for us Canucks (she says, defensively). 

We just watched Charlie Brown’s Christmas to kick off the season, and this pattern reminded me forcibly of the scene where Charlie Brown chooses the pathetic little Christmas tree.

Don’t the trees look like the “big, shiny aluminum Christmas Tree” Lucy exhorts Charlie Brown to buy? 

The pattern is Kegler Winter Fox by Brayden Studios. I discovered it through an article I read last year on new and different Christmas china patterns. I loved the soft colours and the stylized trees, much like a child’s drawing.

Now, my  Christmas china category is full to overflowing, so last year, I bought a 32 piece set from Wayfair for my daughter Kirsten. It’s just her style; her two little girls were thrilled with the bushy-tailed fox. Not quite like the bushy-tailed Golden Retriever tree ornament, but close enough for a table setting.

Kirsten lent me the set back this year to style a table;  I wanted to get that done and dusted in good time for her to make her own Christmas preparations. Or that’s my excuse, anyway. đŸ™‚ 

I noodled around for a while on the best accoutrements. I was going to go with baubles in charcoal, soft pink and gold. I set out to find some at Michaels or HomeSense, but their pink offerings were containers of Pepto-Bismol pink or pricey one-off glass ornaments in a softer shade of pink. Strike that idea. 

Hmmm. What about houses and trees?

Bingo. They had a variety of trees, but the soft rose-gold wooden ones sealed the deal.

I had planned to use the pale pink napkins all along; I was thrilled to find some centrepiece items to continue the colourway.


The houses are a hoot. They hold tiny battery lit trees. Gold wire spiral trees, bottle brush trees, and stylized trees in two shades of gray completed the look.

Pewter fox salt and pepper shakers from Vagabond House fit the bill.

The napkin rings and the little tree place card holders were from Chintz & Co. in Victoria, B.C. about a decade ago, The pink striped napkins are Wheaton Stripe from Pottery Barn.

With all that going on down the centre of the table, I stuck with plain, clear glass goblets. 

I’ll sit on my hands now and refrain from rushing too much into Christmas preparations. I have returned the china to Kirsten and added all the “props” as a thank you for the loan. 

How are everyone’s preparations going? Only one weekend left before US Thanksgiving, so I imagine there are lots of serving dishes being pulled out of cupboards and washed, grocery lists compiled and a rush of back and forth phone calls or texts on who’s bringing what for any pot luck arrangements. A big family dinner is always a scramble. But so worth it!

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.