A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Tree

Welcome to the 123rd Tablescape Thursday!

Happy Tablescape Thursday! I hope your week has been going great. I haven’t even started to think about taking down all the decorations…not looking forward to that job.

Before we say goodbye to Christmas completely, I’m excited to share Cornelia’s tree all aglow with real candlelight in her home in Switzerland a few days ago. You may recall from THIS post, each Christmas Eve Cornelia lights real candles on her tree for the first time for the Christmas season. They are lit again each night afterwards. Here’s how it looked this Christmas Eve:

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

Doesn’t it just take your breath away? Soooo very beautiful!

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

Each Christmas, to make room for their tree, Cornelia moves her dining room table and chairs into her drawing room and the tree is set up in the dining room. So Christmas dinner is held in what is normally Cornelia’s drawing room. Have you ever been tempted to do that…swap your living room for your dining room?

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

We’re dining by candlelight tonight in Cornelia’s beautiful home in Switzerland…

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

Cornelia shared, “The China is Le Manoir by Villeroy and Boch. The cutlery is silver by Jezler /Reed pattern. The ornaments on the plates are Swiss chocolates.”

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

The side plates are by Royal Copenhagen “Peterchens Weihnachten.

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

The crystal stemware is by Peill/Germany. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

The napkins are Swiss embroidery and the tablecloth is by Le Jacquard Français.

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

So beautiful by candlelight.

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

Cornelia, thanks so much for inviting us into your home this Christmas! Each visit has been a fantasy come to life!

A Christmas Tablescape and a Candlelit Christmas Tree

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  1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas celebration, Cornelia…and thanks to Susan for a wonderful year of Tablescape Thursdays! All best wishes to you both for 2011.

  2. Cornelia's tablescape is truly beautiful. And that tree is gorgeous with real candle light. I would be afraid to light real candle in mine cause I will surely burn the whole house, lol….Christine

  3. Cornelia's tablescape is truly beautiful. And that tree is gorgeous with real candle light. I would be afraid to light real candle in mine cause I will surely burn the whole house, lol….Christine

  4. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Cornelia, your tree and Christmas tablescape are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them with us. And Susan, yes, I have been tempted to switch my living and dining rooms — and in a previous home I did it. Best choice I made in that house!

  5. Cornelia's dining room is gorgeous. I love the side plates. How fun to have her share. I will be sharing one of my dear friend's table in a week or two. It was so fun that she wanted me to blog about her table. Have a wonderful New Year.

  6. Wow, what a beautiful Christmas setup! That tree is pretty unbelievable, and I think it's hard to get my tree home and in the house! Her sitting room-cum-dining room is beautiful,too, with the paneling and those curtains! I'm so glad we got to see it! (and I enjoyed telling the story of the elves sneaking the tree in on Christmas Eve during our random trivia sharing at Christmas Eve dinner!)
    : ) Meg

  7. You have such a lovely collection of plates Susan. Love your Christmas settings…

  8. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    How beautiful that tree is! I don't think I could get it through my door! Amazing by candlelight.

  9. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    All of it is breath taking – the tree, the table, the china and crystal. What a wonderful room for Christmas dinner, and what a beautiful table setting. Thank you Susan and Cornelia. laurie

  10. Hi Susan,
    OMG, this is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. I can honestly say this is the decorated tree I would hope to have some day. The ornaments are so beautiful and there are so many. The real candles are such a lovely tradition. Does Cornelia have a blog? I would love to follow her. Her whole house is so colorful. Thanks Susan for hosting this great blog party and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  11. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    It is wonderful to think that there are others all over the world that have this same tradition… same celebration. And that other celebrate the birth of The King.

    What a gorgeous tree! It is so European.
    Cornelia is lovely to share her Christmas with all of us.
    Happy New Year, Susan! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien says

    Wow! What a tree!
    As usual, Cornelia has shared with us a beautiful table. The plates are wonderful, especially against that beautiful red tablecloth!

  13. Hi Susan,
    Wow! that is such a beautiful big tree.It must be awesome in real life with all those candles lit.
    Thank you for sharing Cornelia's beautiful dining room with us and also for hosting.


  14. Luncheons at the Junction says

    Christmas in Switzerland looks like heaven – I love that tree! Thank you Cornelia for sharing and Susan for bringing this beautiful pictorial to us. Wishing you both a very Happy New Year.

  15. Cornelia's dining room is gorgeous. My kids were telling me I need to switch rooms too , because my dining room has the highest ceiling for a huge tree and we could use the bigger space in the living room for a larger table!

    Thanks for hosting a great party!

  16. Beautiful! I love that china! Happy New Years!

  17. Cornelia's tree is beautiful! I also just looked back at your December 22 entry and saw "my" wreath in your kitchen~the handmade fabric one on the door. My Mama made 2 about 20 years ago (she passed away 16 years ago–one for me and one for her. My daughter has Mama's now and mine adorns my house each Christmas. It's always so neat to find things that other bloggers have in common with me. Happy New Year!

  18. Your posts are so lovely and I really enjoy going on the house tours with you. Cornelia's home is gorgeous.

  19. Susan, thank you for featuring Cornelia's beautiful celebration. The candlelit tree is a sight to behold. I have my grandmothers little candle holders that she used on her tree, as was the custom of many from Germany. I've never been brave enough to actually light the candles.
    Cornelia's dinner table is very elegant. What a festive room and table for celebrating Christmas.
    Happy New Year to you! ~ Sarah

  20. Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ says

    What a charming home she has and her tree was a whopper! Love the candles- It's unnerving to see real candles on a tree..but it adds to the old fashioned feeling for sure. Her dining table looks lovely…How nice of her to share her home with all of us! Happy New Year! Liz

  21. What a beautiful tree!! Real candles on the tree is amazing. My husband is fire phobic and would probably need medication if I just showed him the picture!!! LOL. I really love the stemware as well. (an addiction of mine)

  22. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Wow, Cornelia's house is so pretty.
    Love that tree….so amazing!
    and such a lovely table as well.
    Thanks for hosting hon.
    blessings, Nellie
    Hope you had a great Christmas
    and Blessings for a Wonderful
    New Year!

  23. Dining Delight says

    So hard to imagine what having real candles on a tree is like but you've helped us by sharing Cornelia's beautiful tree! I like seeing how she switched rooms to hold her dinner too.
    Thanks so much Susan, for hosting TT throughout this past year – it has truly been a pleasure to be able to participate in this fabulous meme you have created!
    Happy New Year and here's to many more tablescapes in 2011!

  24. Gail @ Victorian at Heart says

    Beautiful Christmas tree and tablescape. I've enjoyed seeing other people's traditions. Thanks for sharing your inspiring post. Happy New Year.

  25. Life In The Thrifty Lane says

    Thank you for sharing Cornelia's tree and tablescape, just stunning. I remember my mom used to have real candles on our Christmas tree when I was a kid, they had a special clip to secure them on it. Great memories. Thank you also for visiting my blog, I'm always happy when you stop by 🙂 Have a Happy New Year!

  26. Hi Susan, Cornelia's Christmas tree is gorgeous. Her candle lighting tradition is beautiful. We often have large crowds for a special meal and I too have used my livingroom and even my bedroom to seat everyone. However, using the diningroom for a tree has never been done by me. I love the idea and the table setting is surly a lovely tablescape.

    I know you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful New Year too.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  27. Does Cornelia have a blog? I would like to tell her how beautiful everything looks. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Susan,I love all your posts! Cornelia's tree and home are beautiful!

  29. Hi Susan,
    Cornelia's tree and table are just lovely. I have always wondered what it would look like to have a tree lit with candles.

  30. FABBY'S LIVING says

    I love Cornelia's table, it's beautiful, the stemware is gorgeous and I love the Le Manoir by Vileroy and Boch…as I have the same one and it's terrific for mix and match because of the old-baige colour it has.
    Thank you for sharing Susan, you're great!
    Happy New Year 2011.
    Love XO

  31. Seeing real candles on the tree is simply amazing. And what a tree it is too!

  32. Thank you for always inspiring us, Susan. Happy New Year to you and your family.♥

  33. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says

    Now that is what I call a tree! Wonderful=thanks for sharing.

  34. What a wonderful tree !! It takes breath away !!
    Best wishes for the coming year !!

    Roberta – La Sportina

  35. I agree with Beverly ~ Thanks for always inspiring us Susan and for hosting your link parties all through the year! Happy New Year to you and your family as well….

    xo Lynda

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