Ever since my oldest was two, we have been painting some pottery each year at Christmas to make a set of Christmas dishes. We use the same colors each year to unify the set—red, green, yellow and a little black. But the neat thing is that the set is now a record of their changing interests and abilities over time. It makes for a pretty cool, eclectic set.
This year the girls did a couple mugs. E is really into wolves. I can't wait to see how our new wolf and Christmas tree mugs turn out when they come out of the kiln!
The year my youngest was just a year old we made these matching plates with everybody's hand print. The little hands! These plates are just about my favorite thing.
We've added some more dishes over the years so we can mix things up. It's a good thing the dishes are awesome, because as you can see here, my table decorating skills are otherwise lacking ; ) I've seen quite a few pretty tables on facebook. By Christmas I am just really tired from making all that magic happen. We always have Indian take-out on Christmas eve on these dishes and then something homemade on Christmas day.