"The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes." ~ H. W. Longfellow
Welcome dear friends to my first Tea Time Tuesday in December! The days are quickly passing and soon Christmas will be here but there is much to enjoy in the meantime.
Before I begin my tea today, I will share a few teacup ornaments hanging on the tree.
The first and second teacups came from Winners a few years ago.
This third teacup was a Christmas gift from my youngest son last year. He got it at The Cracker Barrel. He knows I love teacups and cardinals and it's also Illinois' state bird which is where my son lives.
A very thoughtful gift!
Speaking of gifts; I consider special people in our lives as gifts too. Today would have been my beloved grandmother's birthday. What a wonderful lady she was! Every fond memory I have from my early childhood, she was a part of.
I had written a post in her memory about four years ago and you may go here to read it if you wish.
Do you keep your greeting cards? This sweet Christmas card is one Granny sent to me when I was a little girl. It was probably the last card she ever sent me before she passed away.
It is vintage and adorned with a real feather and she signed it Love, Granny, Grampy, and Uncle Allan.
My Uncle Allan and Aunt Judy, who live in New Brunswick and Florida, visited over the weekend and I showed the card to them. I think my uncle was quite touched by it, especially seeing his mother's own handwriting on it. He is more aware than ever of just how sentimental his niece is.
Grandparents play such an important part in the lives of their grandchildren. The love that was lavished upon me as a little girl by my Granny has always stayed with me and I know I'm a better person for having known her.
Are you ready for a cup of tea?
"One of the shining moments of my day is that when, having returned a little weary from an afternoon walk, I exchange boots for slippers, out-of-doors coat for easy, familiar, shabby jacket, and, in my deep, soft-elbowed chair, await the tea tray. How delicious is the soft penetrating odour which floats into my study, with the appearance of the teapot! What a glow does it bring after a walk in the chilly rain!" ~ George Gissing - "The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft" - 1903
I have set a little tea time out in front of my unfinished Christmas tree. I have been so busy this past week with getting my mother settled in her new home that the decorating has taken a back seat for a few more days. But I'll get there. Do you have yours finished yet?
This is a vintage creamer from Bavaria which I found in an antique shop.
The teacups are both adorned with little roses.
The first one is a nameless vintage Royal Albert. I love the brushed on gold trim and the tiny roses. It also has a very soft scalloping around the rims of both the cup and the saucer.
The other is one that I won several years ago from a porcelain artist blogger friend which she created herself.
We will enjoy some icebox cookies and some Holiday Chai tea. The little Johnson Bros. plate is one my Aunt Judy gave me a few years ago.
Icebox cookies are so festive with their nuts and green and red cherries, don't you think?
"Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like the bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do to others is good you do yourself." ~ Norman Wesley Brooks - 1976, from "Let Every Day Be Christmas"
Next week I will be hosting my
"Celebrate the Season ~ Christmas Tea."
Every week until Christmas, I will share a Christmas tea setting accompanied by a different theme. I would love it if you could join me for any or all of them! You are not obligated to share a Christmas tea but since it t'is the season, it would be nice to take advantage of the lovely decorations and goodies this time of year.
Thank you for visiting today and if you have some tea or coffee things that you would like to share, please link up below and I will be happy to visit you.
"The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you....;
And give you peace." ~ Numbers 6:24-26
I am joining these hostesses as well this week~
What's It Wednesday~ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday ~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home ~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi