There are many reasons to take a subtle, modern approach to decking out the dinner table this Christmas.
For one thing, a palette of neutrals won’t clash with the hideously kitschy, regrettably trendy, aptly called “ugly Christmas” sweaters that people are wearing these days. Rudolph, Santa and giant snowflakes emblazoned on an eighties-style knit imbue a room with more than adequate cheer.
For another, a mix of creams and beiges, with a hint of gold or silver, is both festive and inclusive, creating a cheerful holiday atmosphere without alienating any non-Christian guests. A manger-as-centrepiece or Jesus-fish napkin rings, on the other hand, might not feel as open and inclusive.
Most pragmatically, having a versatile table setting is economical. It’s easier to recycle the holiday plates, candlesticks and name cards at Easter and Thanksgiving if they aren’t covered in red, white and green. That means that instead of seasonal decor, more money can be spent on the truly important things. The presents.