Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Gift of Presence

With Christmas just around the corner
presents have been on my mind
as I finish up the last little bit of Christmas shopping.
However, it hasn't been just presents on my mind.
With my daughter being home for three weeks over Christmas
it reminded me how this season isn't just about presents
but more about presence.
It is the time when we gather together with family.
And just as the Christmas tree is the focal point for the presents,
so the table is the focal point for the celebration of the presence
of family and friends.
It's not what is on the table that makes it special
but the people around the table
that remind us of the reason of the season.
~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays


  1. Beautiful post! And yes it's most definitely about presence - and who is surrounding the table -
    Have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Suzy. I am so blessed to have all my family home for Christmas as well as both sets of parents!

  2. Beautiful table, Alana. You have such a good eye for color and balance. I pray you and your family have a beautiful Christmas and a very blessed 2013.

  3. Lovely post. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

  4. A beautiful post--and so true! Merry Christmas!!


  5. Hi have made a cute beautiful tablescape.nice red runner in the the way you have put the napkins on the stemware,Merry Christmas to you and to your sujatha.

  6. Gorgeous post Alana!! I hope you and your family have a beautiful Chrrstmas and a safe & happy New Year!!

  7. Alana, it's so true! It's all about presence, not presents! It's about our loved ones! I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best from my heart! Hugs :-)

  8. Alana you are so right!
    May your Christmas be filled with love and joy and the peace of the Lord.
    Sounds like you will be having a wonderful celebration with all your family :-)
    God bless you richly!
    love..Trish xx

  9. Hi Alana. I'm a bit late visiting. Your table ornaments look lovely. I do hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2013 will be. happy and Healthy one for ou and your family. Joan

  10. Your table looks so pretty! I hope you had a great time with your daughter! Happy New Year and all the best for 2013! Angie xo

  11. I love your simple and elegant tablescape. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and a great new year so far. :)

  12. I so agree with the sentiment of this post. It's all about people.

  13. Lovely post. Wonderful to have you be at Christmases Past at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescape

  14. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in all the decorations and festivities that the true meaning of Christmas is forgotten. Lovely sentiment from you!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  15. Alana,
    Beautiful..and you are so's the people..
    Love, Mona


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