A few nights ago, we moved our round maple table into the family room next to the hearth and had a simple meal by the fire. It was 30 degrees outside with snow on the ground from the night before, so it made the fireplace especially inviting. We turned the lights down low so that only the lights of the Christmas tree and fire were shining. We talked and laughed and ate on red plates as we enjoyed the warm ambiance...
Talk about the finest dining in town -- although going out to eat can be nice, it's also a hefty expense, especially if you have a big family. How about turning your family room or dining room into a nice 'restaurant' for the night?
Even if you don't have a fireplace, how about encouraging your children to set a lovely table complete with a nice tablecloth, cloth napkins and special plates or china? A candlelit dinner at your family's 'restaurant' can be just as special as a night out.
Whether your older children test their culinary skills or you decide to cook, let everyone get involved in planning the menu and helping to serve the meal. Put a basket of hot rolls or bread on the table, and serve a special beverage such as chocolate milk, sparkling cider or hot chocolate.
I'm positive that this idea will provide an enjoyable winter night for the whole family! Oh -- and don't forget to have some lovely and soothing music playing softly in the background!