Nostalgic Christmas

As we grow older, we tend to appreciate the past, our parents and how things were done – unlike our younger selves, only interested in the new and now.

We fondly think of the holidays and family gatherings of years gone by.  The excitement of seeing cousins, nieces and nephews we haven’t see in the past year; food in abundance; the huge Christmas tree and piles of gifts under the tree; children playing with Joseph, Mary and the little baby Jesus.  We used to dress up in our parents’ clothes and robes, parading around the house…. and we were allowed to!  So many good memories to cherish.

The holidays, however, are not necessarily a happy time for everyone – people who have lost loved ones; lost their jobs and children who will not be receiving gifts must endure this time. Let us be conscious of our friends who do not have all that we have, let us invite them to our festive tables.  After all: this is a time of giving. So, let us do just that, share our love. 

I believe the more the merrier.  En dit is vir my heerlik om al die voorbereidings self te doen vir die groot eet-dag.  Die tafel-dek deel is die heel lekkerste.  Daar is gewoonlik meer as een tafel – eintlik drie om presies te wees.  Een vir die jongietjies, een vir die ouers en een vir almal wat nie by een van die twee pas nie.  Elke plek word gedek om elkeen spesiaal te laat voel. Dit moet feestelik lyk – ons kry so min kans om gesellig saam te verkeer, so ons moet dié geleentheid aangryp!

To have a nostalgic Christmas can bring many old-time favourite dishes to our table:  gammon, tongue and mustard; leg of lamb …. and of course, a trifle.  Gestolde slaaie – wortel, komkommer en mosterd.  Liplekker! Onthou julle? 

Here at LAPERLE we previously, had three different Christmas tablecloths and different settings for you to choose from, but this year, we did it the other way around.  We have one design in green, red and white with a modern twist available in a tablecloth, table runner and napkins.  BUT we use the same tablecloth in four different settings.  And they all look gorgeous! 

  • A soft, light and cheerful setting for a breakfast table;


  • Christmas lunch with Christmas-Father-red;

  • A deep, serious green setting for a Christmas dinner.

Don’t forget the Christmas cake for afternoon tea.

*We got our delicious fruitcake from Mynhardt Joubert from the KWV Cathedral Cellar Kitchen in Paarl, definitely a must have this festive season.

What about decorating small Christmas trees on your table with pictures from past Christmas gatherings.  Imagine what conversations will arise from this.  Flowers and candles?  Always!

Don’t forget about the background music.  Drummer boy and Jingle Bells should feature but to pay tribute to the real reason of Christmas, there is nothing that outshines O holy night.

Al is my Pa al 10 jaar oorlede, sien ek hom nog voor my en hoor ek sy suiwer stem wanneer hy Geseënde Kersfees in Laingsburg se mooie klipkerk sing.  So ook met Somer Kersfees.   Ai ai. 

We wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas.  Thank you for your support throughout the year!

Make lots of memories and be safe!….En onthou om dankie te sê vir die Man daar Bo.


P.S. We will be hosting a giveaway on Instagram from Tuesday 6 Dec 2022 – Monday 12 Dec 2022! First prize will be winning our Nostalgic Christmas tablecloth with 6 napkins. Second Prize will be winning our Nostalgic Christmas runner

Head over to Instagram to find out how to enter and more details on the prizes available


1 comment

  • Emmasalwayshuuungry

    Nostalgic Christmas is the perfect name for this design. I can almost smell the food set on the Christmas table and cheery, joyous voices popping Christmas crackers. My favourite setting is the deep green!

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