This vintage Christmas decoration just got a modern makeover – and we expect to see it in the chicest homes this year

The next must-have Christmas decoration is a familiar blast from the past

John Lewis Flora 12 Days of Christmas Fine China Plates
(Image credit: John Lewis)

Maybe you will remember your parents or grandparents having a collection of festive 12 days of Christmas plates when you were growing up. Inspired by the beloved Christmas carol of the same name, this type of holiday tableware is a throwback to the past and very much falls under the vintage category these days. But this year, retailers such as John Lewis and Anthropologie are reviving the trend with their contemporary variations.

Perhaps it’s another symptom of the current vintage-inspired tableware trend that we’re seeing everywhere. But one thing is for sure, this Christmas period is shaping up to be a nostalgia-fuelled one if 12 days of Christmas plates are going to be involved.  

But the good news is that you don’t have to decorate your Christmas tablescape with them if you don’t particularly want to. Instead, they can make for a lovely Christmas decoration idea.

12 days of Christmas plates

Lou Rota Twelve Days of Christmas Dessert Plates, Set of 12

(Image credit: Anthropologie)

‘The trend for vintage tableware comes from a desire to add warmth and character to dining experiences,’ says Sophia Ayrton-Grime, interior designer and founder of Studio Raff. ‘People appreciate the nostalgia and uniqueness of vintage pieces.’

And this clearly extends to vintage Christmas tableware as the 12 days of Christmas plates are having a resurgence. These 12-piece sets, each plate illustrated with different gifts given to the carol singer by his ‘true love’, have become a collector’s item and can often be found on resale sites such as eBay and Vinterior.

But this season, retailers decided to bring them back, with John Lewis even adorning their design with archival motifs. ‘The design team took inspiration from our archives, giving treasured vintage prints a new lease of life,’ says Lisa Cherry, Christmas buyer from John Lewis. ‘The carefully reimagined designs have been celebrated throughout the Christmas collection.’

But if you don’t want to decorate your dining table with them, then there are other great plate display ideas on offer. A DIY plate gallery wall is at the forefront for us.

John Lewis Flora 12 Days of Christmas Fine China Plates

(Image credit: John Lewis)

But however you decide to show them off, we just hope that you’ll give this retro Christmas trend a chance as you reminisce about your childhood Christmases.

News Writer

Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home decor and interiors, as well as trend-led pieces, shopping round-ups and more. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors, working with the likes of 91 Magazine and copywriting for luxury bed linen brand Yves Delorme among others. She feels that fashion and interiors are intrinsically connected – if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.