Classic Christmas: This nutcracker plate pattern and plaid linens from Williams Sonoma are wonderfully festive - and a step away from the typical holly. Tartan tablecloth 70 x 90 $69.95.
I can't say enough about collecting antique linens as well. A few visits to your local antique shops and outdoor markets will quickly make you realize that quality linens are incredibly affordable. I had the chance to shop with Eddie Ross last summer, and he loves to collect linen pieces like that. He said that they don't have to be matched sets - the napkins can all be different, or just different from the table cloth. Already monogrammed? Eddie suggested finding single monograms that fit your own first or last name.
Antique linens at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta.