A few years ago I purchased 12 place settings of inexpensive Christmas dishes the day after Christmas for 75% off. I packed them away and when December 1st came around the next year, I pulled my regular "everyday dishes" out of the cupboard and put my Christmas dishes in to be used everyday until January 1st.
Somehow, every meal seems a little more special on those dishes. It doesn't matter if they get chipped or broken. They were such a little financial investment. But, I love that my family gets to use them everyday, even if they are just having a peanut butter sandwich!