Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage has invited us to join her for "an old-fashioned Christmas tea" this week.
I am using some family heirlooms today; that's what makes it "old-fashioned" for me. But just the fact that we're sitting before the fire with tea and sugar cookies seems old-fashioned as well. We're not on our laptops or cell phones, or running to the mall; just slowing down and un-plugging is a way to enjoy some old-fashioned comforts.
First, a peek at our tree, with lots of decorations handmade by my grandmother.
Next to the tree is a table set before the fire for tea.
My grandmother made this tablecloth. I remember we used it when I was growing up, and now our family is enjoying it.
My mother made this fun little tea cozy . . .
These cups were my mother-in-law's. Sometimes we use them for eggnog with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. Today, we're drinking Constant Comment decaf, probably my favorite non-caffeinated tea.
And what better to go with tea than a little plate of sweets and some salty cashews (Mr. Beautiful's favorite)?
A friend taught a group of us how to make baklava on Saturday. We each made a pan to take home and bake.
Just look at this yumminess . . .
And speaking of Mr. Beautiful, here is a rare shot of him, just before we headed out to his company's Christmas party last Friday night.
|can you see where he gets his name?|
But back to tea . . . in the spirit of all things old-fashioned, I've pulled out my Christmas stocking from childhood, also made by my grandmother.
Some vintage Christmas hankies . . .
And lest you think it is all old-school red and green around here . . . I've got a little aqua and pink sparkle happening out in the foyer.
This makes me smile every time I walk past it.
I hope that you're enjoying some old-fashioned delights this December . . . making Christmas cookies, listening to Christmas carols, reading a good book, stringing popcorn, visiting with loved ones . . . and enjoying a quiet cup of tea.