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Monday, 13 December 2010

Tea Time Tuesday


It's the most wonderful time of the year...
There'll be much mistletoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near...It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Welcome my dear friends to my 47th Tea Time Tuesday. Christmas is almost here; are you ready yet? I'm just about there!

Would love to find this under the tree! Isn't it adorable?

It is a very windy day here on the Island. It's a good day to sit and enjoy a cup of tea while listening to the Christmas music.
So, please come in and don't mind the bells hanging on the door knob! Believe it or not, those bells decorate my door knob all year round! Yes, they do! I'm not kidding!

You see, I have a son, my oldest actually, and he likes to sneak into the house and surprise me.
Well, I'm not getting any younger and surprises aren't always a good thing. So, I fixed him! After asking him several times not to sneak up on me, I hung the bells on the door knob and now whenever he comes over, I know when he's here because the bells tell me. Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! They make for quite a conversation piece in the middle of the Summer!


Isn't this a sweet cup? I would love to find one like it sometime; maybe under the tree?

Have you been busy? I'm sure you have! So, why not take a break; sit down and have a cup of tea with me. Today I am sharing a few sentimental things so I hope you will bear with me!
Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

I am offering tea and hot chocolate as well as some wonderful cookies.
These little gingerbread boys are tending to the tea today and they just love to frollick when there are cookies placed in front of them!

These are my Christmas mugs. I thought they were so pretty with their bright poinsettias and snowdrops. I also liked the message they had inscribed on them; Thank you Jesus!
My Christmas mugs are getting old. I had special-ordered five of them when my boys were small, one for each member of my family, and there are only three mugs left now.


Would you like some hot chocolate? Marshmallows?

This old-fashioned looking mug was a gift to my middle son from one of his little class mates when he was in Sunday School. Somehow it has survived all the Christmas seasons.
The Christmas cardinal tea-for-one set was a gift from my hubby once upon a time. There are no markings or stamp on the set.
I love the bright red birdies and the pine cones; makes for a nice Christmasy set. We don't get cardinals here on the Island which is too bad because they would look so pretty with their bright red plummage in the snow!
Cinnamon Spice tea seems right for today's tea.

If tea bags are served, be certain to have a place for their disposal. Might as well use your tea bag holders!
I love the reflection of the tree lights in the tea!

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. - Burton Hillis

I have brought out my red-rimmed goblets for anyone who would like some eggnog. I started collecting this glassware when I first got married. I have many pieces of it including a beautiful punch bowl set which my brother gifted me with for Christmas when I was first married.


The glassware is especially pretty and festive this time of year.

The greatest Christmas gift of all Was never placed beneath a tree,
But lay within a manger, Beneath a star, for all to see.

This is Love - not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. ~ 1 John 4:10


Thank you for joining me today for Tea Time Tuesday. I hope you have enjoyed your visit and will come again soon as I do love your company! Next week I will be serving my Christmas Tea and I hope you will join me.


Should you wish to participate in Tea Time, please email me ahead of time or let me know in a comment. I will gladly add your link to my post. Please share a favourite teapot, teacup, or mug. You may do coffee, iced tea, or hot chocloate instead of tea if you wish. You may even want to do a punch or eggnog like I did. The Tea Time Tuesday button near the top of my sidebar is available for you to use in your post if you wish. Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here and visit with all my lovely participants.



The participants listed below are listed in the order in which they first started to participate.



PARTICIPANTS







There's more, much more, to Christmas than candlelight and cheer;
It's the spirit of sweet friendship that brightens all year.
It's the thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again,
For peace, for understanding, And for good-will to men! - Unknown author


I am also joining the following hostesses for their parties:


Marty~ http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/ - Table Top Tuesday
Martha~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ - Tea Cup Tuesday




Wanda Lee~ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ - Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday

Pam~ http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/ - Tea Pot and Tea things Tuesday


Wanda Lee~ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ - Tuesday Tea for Two



Lady Katherine~ http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ - Teatime Tuesday



Miss Spenser~ http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/ - Tea Cup Thursday




Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

26 comments:

Susan said...

Awwwww, that was a lovely post. The gingerbread boys are adorable. Everything in the post was great! Thanks so much for sharing. Susan

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful post. Everything looks so lovely.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Sandi
I love the subliminal messaging in this post. Does your husband read your blog like mine does? The Twiggery has really cute tea time things and I'm sure I've seen these on their website - sigh, they are sweet.
The cardinal tea for one set is nice; when we redid the kitchen, I brought all my cardinals in for a pop of red. Maybe I should hint for one on my blog. :-)
Looking forward to our Christmas gathering for tea next week.
Hugs,
Judith

Bernideen said...

Lovely teasets - I had asimilar snowman teapot at my store but the shape was different. That was is very cute! Looking forward to tomorrow! I love Tea Time Tuesday because I can be so many different things!

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
yes, indeed, its a lovely post. I feel really as if I had drunk one of those yummy hot chocolat with marshmallows in, yum! It is such a treat to read your posts and to look at this beautiful vignettes. Your china is all so lovely. Thank you so much for having me for chocolate.
Warmest greetings, Johanna

xinex said...

What a beautiful posts, Sandi, and I love those teapots, so pretty. The gingerbread boys are so precious. Please link me up with you at http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/2010/12/getting-cozy-by-fireside.html
Thanks!...Christine

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Everytime I visit you I feel so warm and content with reading your posts... Do you have Three boys? I do and they are ALL GROWN UP! When you mentions the 5mugs it sounded SO familiar!!!hehe!!! I MUST get a little set of the Johnson Bros Rose Chintz, I LOVE IT SO!!!and we ALWAYS have room for "One more LITTLE set, don't we"??? What is the name of that beautiful coffee pot that you would "LIKE" under the tree, DO you know who makes it??? It is Pretty, isn't it? Thank you for sharing today, I had a wonderful time!
Hugs to you,
Donna

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

What an especially lovely tea time you had for us this week...I love your little Cardinal set...We have a very faithful one visits our bird feeder twice a day (at least)..Even yesterday when he was almost blown off, he was there for his supper.

I set an early table for Santa this week, I though he might like a change from all the hot chocolate :)

Blessings Kelsie

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Sandi...oh cute. I think the snowman tea things are really sweet. I hope that some of those pieces will make it to your home this year ;) :) :) Of course, I'd love a nice hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows ;) :) :) Thanks for letting me stop by for tea. I'll be posting my tea stuff late Tuesday night. A friend sent me a lovely surprise package whch included some tea things :) :) What a sweet blessing!! Anyways, thanks for tea :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

paperbutterfly said...

A lovely post and tea break. Love the tea set with the snowman.You could use it all winter. Looking forward to next week. Thanking for hosting
Have a blessed week.
Pam

Sares said...

The snowman teapot IS adorable! I loved the tale of the bells! I bet he just loves having them jingle every time he comes in the house!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such adorable accessories you have! And oh how I love your blog header picture! AND the cute gingerbread men!!

Happy Holidays!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Sarah said...

Hi Sandi, this is lovely! It's late, but I'll be back tomorrow to take it all in slowly. I'd like to link to the tea party, but forgot to email you early. Please add my link. Thank you, Sarah

KathyB. said...

I am enjoying participating in this Tea time Tuesday , especially during this festive season when we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

The snowman teapot and teacup would be very much appreciated should I find them under my tree.

The Christmas mugs do end up bringing back memories. I hadn't thought much about my mugs, yet do get a sweet sense of tradition when I pull them out each year after Thanksgiving. One day I might just post coffee mugs, not so delicate but they are the work horses of coffee and tea drinking , aren't they?

Bells on the doors, good idea!

suzyq said...

Hi Sandi, decided my depression glass milk jugs and sandwich tray qualify for TeaTime Tuesday...please count me in.
Suzyq

Snap said...

Everything is lovely, Sandi. The gingerbread men are adorable. I love the cardinal tea for one! Happy Tea Day!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Sandi,
I loved stopping by and sitting a bit for a cup of tea with you today!! I needed it. What lovely mugs you have and i adore that tea for one set with the beautiful cardinal on it! So very pretty!

Thanks for hosting Tea Time Tuesday!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Bookie said...

Lovely things today! and I do have a snowman cup I am showing today. I have a pair,and love them.

parTea lady said...

It would be great to be gifted with that snowman teapot and mug. All your Christmas things are lovely. The tea for one from your hubby is very pretty.

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sweetie!
I just got my BLUE Post done! I am glad I waited as it has brighten up a bit and I got decent pictures. We have had a stormy past few days and today its so bright, yay...even in 10 degrees its nice!

Lovely post as always. That is a darling snowman teapot! Just too cute! And what sweet mugs...I'll be on the look out for ya to see if any show up in my thrifting haunts. And I also love that glassware...but don't need another thing to collect lol.

Hope you are doing well. How's your arm healing?

Happy Tea!
Lorena

Sue said...

Sorry I'm late to the party! I agree, I'd love to find that snowman teapot and cup under my tree! Your tea party is lovely as always.

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandi,
Anotheer lovely tea and I love your new header.
I am joining in today-sorry to be late again.
Are you hoping for snow or enjoying this mild weather?

Thanks for hosting ,
Carolyn

Terri said...

Hello Sandi,
It has been quite windy here where I live as well.
I do love the tea pot and tea mug you posted with the snowmen on them. So festive. Your Christmas mugs are so pretty with the poinsettias on them.
Thank you so much for sharing with us.
Hugs,
Terri

Marilyn said...

Oh I do love the snow man teacup and teapot. So cute! Thanks for visiting me at Delights of the Heart.

Fixing My Thoughts said...

So many things to love in this post! The ruby glassware is gorgeous; love the sweet cardinal teapot and cup; your mugs; the gingerbread boys... All wonderful. I keep bells on the inside of my back door all year round, too. Bess

Beth said...

What a lovely post, Sandi! I love the message of Jesus and you sharing that He is the best gift ever.
I love the snowman teapot and cup and hope you find them under your tree! Love your poinsettia mugs and your ruby-rimmed glasses. The gingerbread boys are just adorable too.
Blessings to you,
Beth

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