The Family Tablecloth

Family Tablecloth
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There are not many things much more fun than gathering around the table to enjoy a meal with family or friends. Over the holidays we visited my in-laws on their farm in North Carolina. I was happy to see this family tablecloth on the table when we arrived.

Family heirloom

My mother-in-law began this in 1995. Every year, when we all gather together around the table, each family member who is present, with pencil in hand, adds a little more.

Family heirloom

Sometimes it’s a poem about what happened that year.

Family Tablecloth

Sometimes it’s a drawing. Or maybe it’s a simple outline of their hand.

Family Tablecloth

Whatever the author chooses to add they sign their name and date it. Then, before the next holiday season arrives, Nanny needlepoints each mini artwork, readying the tablecloth for more. Nanny made the tablecloth from simple sheeting and attached red trim along the edge.

Family heirloom

It’s been such fun to see it fill up over the years. The kids really get a kick out of looking back to what they had to say years ago. What a great idea. I hope we continue the tradition until there are no more white spaces left.

Do you have any cool traditions you’ve began with your family or friends?