Ever since humans first came into being, the sharing of food over a communal table has been part of our story and this is shown so well at Christmas.It is common tradition in most families to gather with relatives and friends for a Christmas meal.

The Christmas Tablecloth is usually the first item to set the look of the Christmas meal table.  These may come in many styles which reflect the look the host would like to create. The more traditional Christmas Tablecloth in our pictures is green with gold edging and gold angels playing trumpets.

Other tablecloths may have a traditional Christmas scene, using the more usual colour scheme of red and green, some may have silver and gold patterns, or some may have Christmas foliage on them, such as poinsettias, holly and ivy.  If there are a lot of children joining the meal you may want to have Christmas figures on the cloth such as Snowmen, Reindeer and of course Father Christmas himself.

The table can then have matching or toning napkins and mats to protect the table. A lot of people add to the look of the Christmas meal table with flower arrangements, candles and, the most fun part, Christmas Crackers!


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Date 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Material(s) CottonPaper
Item number MBPO266

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  • What is your Christmas Table cloth like?
  • What else do you decorate your Christmas Table with?
  • Have you got special Christmas Ornaments your family always display at Christmas?

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