A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Monday, 12 December 2011

A Gingerbread Tea for Tea Time Tuesday


"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall; the genial flame of charity in the heart." ~ Washington Irving

Welcome dear friends to Tea Time Tuesday's GingerbreaTea with the lovely Wanda Lee and Pam.


Today's tea party is all about featuring the wonderful spice, ginger, and what would Christmas be without Gingerbread? When my children were growing up, I made gingerbread boys every year for Christmas. They are such wonderful spicy and whimsical cookies which can be enjoyed not only with a glass of milk or a cup of tea, but they make delightful decorations as well.

Hubby likes to dunk his into his tea!


For today's tea, I am going to show you some of the gingerbread decorations around my home. So, grab your teacup and saucer and come follow me, won't you.

We'll start with this candy-striped plate stand. It's not gingerbread, but it's cute, isn't it?


These little Gingerbread boys are frolicking in the snow.


My Snowlady baker welcomes you with a big smile and beckons you to pull up a seat and enjoy some gingerbread and tea...Her arms are filled with spicy treats.



Today I am using the Christmas teapot Hubby gifted me with last year. The Gingerbread boys are looking on and admiring it!


They love to frolic on the tea table too; they're so excited to see you come for tea!





Would you like a Gingerbread cookie?


Mmmm, tea and cookies!


Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.


My Gingerbread House usually sits on the kitchen counter next to the gumdrop tree.
After their visit, my grandchildren get to take the gumdrop tree home with them.


Today I will use the house on my tea table. 


My grandchildren just love my musical Gingerbread House and they take turns ringing the doorbell which then plays a magical Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.


Gingerbread and candy canes.


Old fashioned Ribbon candy ornaments.


Christmas is a time to bring out all the pretties; the festive ornaments; the sparkle and the glitter.  It's a time to bring on the candy; faux or the real deal... It's the season to be extravagant with your decor and your food. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year; a season of Good will toward men. It's the Season of LOVE that should reign in your heart all year round.

Perhaps that is the true gift of a teatime celebration:
It fills our cups with joy and warmth and friendship. 
May the echo of the teacup’s message be heard not 
only at Christmas, not only on special occasions, 
but anytime friends come together.

Emelie Barnes



"And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."  - Luke 2:13-14

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

I am delighted you have stopped by today and I would love for you to join me for Tea Time. All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch. The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Natasha~ http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/
I'll Be Home For Christmas Linky Party

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tea Party Tuesday
Bernideen~  http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/
Friends Sharing Tea

L.A.C.E.

Teacup Thursday






Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

41 comments:

Sherry said...

Your little gingerbread pretties are very cute. I like that little musical house. It would last longer than the gingerbread house from scratch. LOL Thanks for hosting!
have a lovely week.
Sherry

Coopy said...

I have to say I'm with your hubs, I love dunking them into my tea. So yummy. I love your baker ginger.. cute as get out. Hugs. tammy

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
such a lovely post about the Gingerbread theme. I love the cute candle holder with gingerbread figurines. Your Snowlady baker is so sweet with the felt gingerboys under the arm. And the teapot your husband gave you is truly adorable. A really enjoyable happy tea time. Thank you for sharing and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Antiques And Teacups said...

How wonderful! I love your gingerbread things! I don't think I have any. So cute! And the scripture is a wonderful, indeed most important, addition!
Ruth

Bella Vista said...

Sandi, I love gingerbread.....anything at all!

Your post is delightful....so filled with joy.

Thank you for hosting.

Barb ♥

Cindy said...

Sandi, your gingerbread decorations are adorable! I'm in love with that teapot with the cardinal on top! So cute! Thanks for hosting and be sure to join my teapot give-away!
Cindy

High Heeled Life said...

What an adorable setting you have created your little gingerbread men are adorable... and your snow lady, looks like a great baker!!! Happy Afternoon tea..xo HHL

Pamela Gordon said...

What a fun tea table today. I love your pretty Christmas tea pot and the gingerbread house is charming. I like to dunk ginger cookies in my tea too! Blessings,
Pamela

Rebecca said...

Sweet, sweet tea table Miss Sandi! Love your Gingerbread man theme! Sigh....dunk, dunk, dunk...

xoxoRebecca

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Sandi
Just like boys, those little gingerbreads are cavorting all over your house! They are cute though.
My mother used to make a gum drop tree for our girls, I'd forgotten about this until I saw yours.
Gingerbread is a favourite; whether it's cake, cookies or a Starbucks latte. Mmm.
Judith

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the gingerbread, Sandi! Cute post!

Richard Cottrell said...

Two of my favorite things at Christmas, ginger bread and gum drops. I am your newest follower. I hope you will stop by for a visit. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Love the gingerbread theme and the teapot. Everything is lovely. Pat

Kathryn Ross said...

Gingerbread and gumdrops and what childhood fancies this post conjures up in my imagination! I'm sure you had a delightful time planning it - never lose the child, that's what I always say . . .
Joy!
Kathy

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love your post, it's adorable with those ginger bread people. The musical house is so pretty, but what got me is your tea pot, too gorgeous! Thank you for hosting. Merry Christmas. FABBY

Micupoftea~ said...

Yum! Now I am in the mood for soft, spicy gingerbread cookies! With molasses! Your photos are charming Sandi. Thanks for hosting every week. I just remembered I have a doll that holds gingerbread men in her apron...I should go take a photo and add that to my post :)
xo
Shawn

kitty said...

Oh my, what an adorable post! Your Snow lady is too cute & I want one of those musical gingerbread houses...fun, fun, fun!!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

You have shared quite a lovely collection of fun things here - I LOVE that teapot with the cardinal on top. All your Christmas delights and especially whimsical gingerbread brought smiles here! Have a great week.

Terri said...

Beautiful post Sandi! All your gingerbread items are adorable! Love how you set everything up too. I do love gingerbread...yum! I think it might be my favorite cookie.
Thank you for you for sharing with us.
Hugs,
Terri

Bookie said...

What a lovely fun tea you have today...would love to sit with those gingerbread things and sip a while!

Sell WoW Accounts said...

awesome setup!! really cute gingerbreads and so many sweets!!<3

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Those little gingerbread kids are soooo cute!! Just love them!

♥ Miss Tea said...

awww How fun! i loveee all of your gingerbread collection, the house is so cute and i can just hear the sugarplum fairy from it and the gingerbread cookies and candy canes are just yummy! loving all these festive tea time! thank you for sharing them and hosting tea time tuesday!

Blessings,
Susan

Cindy said...

The gingerbread party is so pretty, I so love gingerbread decorations. Hubby has great taste in tea pots to have picked this one for you. I think the snowlady baker might be my favourite. Your platter striped candy plate is a keepsake it is cute. I love the little gingerbread men dancing about. Have a fantastic week and a very Merry Christmas.

Millie said...

Gingerbread just fits in with the Christmas season! Love all your little gingerbread men..
The teapot is very pretty.

Snap said...

I was in a rush to get a tea post up and didn't have any gingerbread to share. But, I loved your gingerbread the chef snowman!!!!! What a wonderful gignerbread tea! Happy Tea Day!

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Sandi,
Your gingerbread decorations are so charming!
And the real ones must be delicious!
I don't know what they taste like for we don't have them here in Portugal :(
But we do have delicious Xmas food and kind of sweet bread with nuts and raisins that we call "broinhas", among other treats :)
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Sandi,

You are an angel and your Gingerbread tea is a dream!

Thanks so much for joining us; it means so much!

It has truly been a marathon of grace growing, patience producing proportions for me in blogland these days Sandi. What I fear may well look like carelessness, indifference, and time mismanagement. Is in fact, (God being my witness), is actually quite the opposite.

..,In fact in truth, and also in my dear husbands heart and mind, I have actually been spending a shockingly untold series hours of labor on end, with a very slow at times completely unresponsive and ailing computer.

Thank God it is much improved after much TLC and extensive repairs, so better days ahead I hope!

~ When I fix Silken Purse's blog post, (because last night The computer just slowed to a crawl and refused to up load and kept freezing); so instead of risking another computer crash, I simply gave up and had to shut it down at 7:30 a.m.

(Yes, I was up all night and so disappointed I could 'almost cry', yet not quite)!..,

Oh well! I shall be back to link up my other blog later dear lady.

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Ann said...

I remember going to my grandparents house at Christmas and they would always have that ribbon candy for us kids! I can never find that candy anywhere anymore! They make adorable (and yummy-looking) ornaments! I'm not a big gingerbread cookie fan, but the decor is sooooo cute!

Shel said...

They are all so pretty! So refreshing...and thank you for hosting!
Shel

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there once again Sandi,

Back in spirits, 'much merrier and much brighter'.., Aaah!.., A sigh of relief; I have thank God prevailed,( and after well over twelve hours and counting), 'Silken Purse' blog post is in full Christmas party mode, despite my computer.

Joy!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Kathy said...

Hello Sandi! This is such a sweet post in so many ways - I love your frolicking gingerbread children! They're precious - beautiful as always - thanks so much for hosting and for sharing with A Return To Loveliness,
God Bless,
Kathy

2amscrapper said...

I love all your sweet gingerbread photos!

Beth said...

Sandi, I love your gingerbread boys! So adorable and full of whimsy! I like the gum drop tree too. Have a wonderful Christmas, Sandi!
Hugs, Beth

Texas Tea Party said...

Sandi, your gingerbread decorations are precious! I would love to ring the doorbell of your gingerbread house. Everything is so festive. Merry Christmas! Happy Tea Time! Pam

Carrie said...

Sandi,
Your gingerbread collectibles are delightful! Your tea treats...the hot tea and other delicacies would hit the spot for me right now!

paperbutterfly said...

Thank you for joining in our Christmas tea. It was more special because you were here.
Love your gingerbread touches.

Enjoy your grandbaby...she is so sweet!

Blessings,
Pam

Charlotte said...

Hi Sandi,
I love your gingerbread decorations! The musical house is darling, I'm sure your grandchildren have lots of fun with it. Your husband is very thoughtful to pick out such a pretty teapot.

Blessings,
Charlotte

Charmed by Beauty said...

Oh Sandi! You make me want to spend Christmas with you. Plum pudding? Pumpkin Pie? Mincemeat Tarts? What else could one ask for to celebrate this wonderful Christmas Season. Your decorations are so touching too.
Keep up the good work. It's lovely to visit your blog....Auntie P

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I am sure your grandchildren love that. looks yummy and so sweet.

Shelia said...

Hi Sandi! Oh, what darling little gingerbread folks along with a lovely tea table. Your tea pot is so sweet and I love the little red bird on top!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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