Thanks for the post on vintage table clothes... I pulled mine out to determine if they were 'vintage' enough for Tweedle, but I think they lean more toward the tacky! Yikes! But your post did remind me of a family tradition that we do every year; a tradition that came from my dad's side of the family.
Every Christmas morning we get tucked around the tree after having a tasty breakfast to open presents. Each person sits with anticipation, excitement, and a sharp knife! Knives may seem like a strange way to celebrate Christmas. But, it is the start of our tradition. We all unwrap presents (using the knives on the taped edges) as carefully as we can to keep the paper pristine and in good condition. We also keep the bows and the name tags. At the end of the morning, we have piles of wrapping, bows, and name tags, waiting for their next adventure! Some people recycle the paper for next season... We recycle it too, but a little bit differently!
The rest of the day is spent 'wrapping' the dining room table. We fold edges, cut shapes, sort of a variety of colours and combination, creating and taping together a colorful patchwork quilt for a table cloth. We use the bows and ribbons as a centerpiece in the middle of the table and reuse the the gift labels as place settings for everyone at dinner!
The best part about this table cloth is that after you use it (and spill all sorts of things over it), you can just roll it up and throw it away (that night or later that week depending on how long you make it last!)
We've been doing this every year and it's something I really look forward to on Christmas Day. (I now realize it was a way for my mom and grandma to keep us kids and folk out of the kitchen all day; handy trick!) I even find myself being selective about Christmas wrapping paper when wrapping gifts, thinking about what the table cloth will look like! It's also a fun activity because every year the table cloth is different. I'll try to remember to update Miss Tweedle with this year's table cloth.
Merry Christmas TweedleFans! May your season be full of smiles!