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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 7 December 2020

A Christmas Tea for No Place Like Home

Home is the nicest place there is. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Good morning, lovely friends, and welcome to the third week of No Place Like Home!

I just finished decorating our main tree in the family room and I decided to set up a tea beside the tree as I haven't done that since last year.
Taking time for tea or coffee is a lovely way to just relax and savour not only tea and treats but the traditions passed down.

On Christmas Day at half past three,
Brew yourself a cup of tea.
I'll think of you, You think of me
While sitting 'round the Christmas tree. 

Perhaps like I do, you have a tree that is filled with ornaments gifted to you by loved ones. I call both of my trees, Memory Trees, and I can recall pretty much who gave me which ornament and when. These ornaments make the trees so special. 

My youngest son gifted me with this sweet cardinal teacup from Cracker Barrel the last time we were in Vancouver. 

My oldest son gifted me with three cardinals, all in different positions, a number of years ago. This is just one of them. 

I love sitting in the glow of the lights in the evening when the supper dishes have been done and we can sit and listen to music or watch a Christmas movie.

Most importantly, this year in particular when the world has gone topsy-turvy, it is good to slow down and remember the Reason for the Season; the first coming of our Lord Jesus. Think about how dark our world would be without Him! Let's count our Blessings, for there are many!

Christmas is that moment in time when God, in His unconditional love, stepped out of heaven and onto earth, in order that we might one day step out of earth into heaven. - Charles F Stanley  

So here is my tea table set up with my favourite red toile table cloth draped with a lovely topper. If you look closely, you will see a reindeer in the topper. The table is set with a favourite green teapot, my
Staffordshire green and white transferware teacups and dessert plates, tea and treats. The treats are my sultana fruit cake and chocolate balls which a friend dropped off. Won't you join me?

Thank you to all of you who shared last week. I know it is a busy time of year and we love having you share your decorating as well as recipes and other things pertaining to your home this special time of year.

I am delighted to have you join me today. If you have something to share, simply let me know in a comment and I will add your blog to the list of participants. I will be happy to come and visit you. Please share any of the following: Cooking and baking, recipes, antiquing, artwork, ceramics, crafts, crocheting/knitting, quilting/sewing, collections, floral arranging, home decor, homemaking tips, hospitality, refinishing furniture, tea time, tablescapes, thrift shopping etc....Maybe there's a new baby in the family or you have a new fur baby you would like to introduce us to. They are welcome too! Anything and everything which makes your HOME more enjoyable to come HOME to, for your family, your friends, and yourself. 

My Participants ~


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Good morning Sandi. What a great reminder to slow down and enjoy some tea and a good time of reflection on the significance of Christmas. I can't imagine this world without the light of Jesus in it. Love your tea table next to your tree. The details on that table topper are so pretty. The green transferware is very special, too. Hope you have a beautiful week. Here's my link...

  2. Hi Sandi. It's a funny old Christmas this year but it's given everyone time to slow down and reflect on the important things in life. Friends and loved ones are the things that will be missed this year. If you have time to pop by my blog I have decorated Tony's packed lunch box.. This is just one of our silly traditions.

  3. Sandi, that is one of the prettiest table toppers I have ever seen. I love it, and it enhances your wonderful tea table setting. Praying for Peace for our world near and far is high on my Christmas Wish List. I would love to be included in your No Place Like Home Christmas Party. Thank you.

  4. Hello, My New Friends! Nesting-in-place rests my soul ... To accept what is. To be grateful for every good thing. To learn to still my spirit.

  5. Your tea table by your tree is so beautiful, Sandi! I love the cloth and the gorgeous topper, and yes, I see the reindeer. Isn’t green transferware perfect for Christmas time? I’d love to sit with you and have some tea and treats. Thank you for hosting us at your party! ❤️🎄❤️

  6. I would love to join you for tea, Sandi! The tea table by your Christmas tree is so inviting. I love the green transferware and also the little cardinal teacup ornament. In fact, I so loved seeing all that you posted today, and the great reminder to slow down and ponder the true meaning.

    I'm joining in with your party today with some ideas and tips for packaging and giving gifts from the kitchen:

  7. I would love to join you this week for with so many lovely bloggers. I will share
    Your tablecloth is very pretty. I love toile especially in red.
    Have a great week.

  8. Wonderful Christmas Tea Time!Love your gorgeous green transferware and your beautiful tablecloth!Adorable pictures!I would love to join in with your party:
    Thank you for hosting!

  9. My eagle eyes spot the reindeer!

    Red tends to dominate the holiday teas, so it's nice to see some your pretty green teacups and teapot. I'd love to join you for a cup of tea and chocolate balls!

    Thanks for hosting the party. Can't believe it's already Week 3!

  10. Joining you again Sandi.

  11. I always enjoy visiting Rose Chintz Cottage and seeing what you have planned for tea time! I would love to participate with my post (Christmas Decorating Part 2 and Nativity).


  13. I am happy to join in this week and I love your green transfer ware!

  14. Hi Sandi - I love the toile tablecloth and beautiful topper! I adore table linens. I'd like to share my recipe for Cranberry Orange Eggnog Loaf. It's my newest recipe and it is lovely with a cup of favorite tea: Have a great week - Barbara

  15. Here I am, late again, Sandi. Here's the link to my post:

    Your toile tablecloth is so pretty and I enjoy seeing the things your family has gifted you over the years. I enjoy sitting in the glow of the lights, too. While writing my post I've been sipping a cup of Christmas in Paris herbal tea. Delicious!

  16. Oh, I didn't realize you were doing this again this week! Here is my post for today: I love your little tea table beside the tree! What a lovely idea, so you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and enjoy the tree at the same time. I also have a similar cardinal teacup on my little teacup tree. I will have to send you a link for that another time. I enjoyed this so much. Now I must go put this link on my page as well. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  17. Your tea table is set so beautifully Sandi! I agree it is so wonderful to have a little tea area set up, and beautiful lights and cozy moments to enjoy the season. I would love to try the chocolate balls and your fruitcake! I don't make fruitcake, as I am the only one in my family who enjoys it. I will visit around to the dear ladies who have shared their wonderful links of the joys of home in this season! Many blessings to you dear friend!

  18. Sandi, I'd like to share my elegant but easy festive dessert, featuring the underutilized pear! Pear Frangipane Tart - - wonderful with a cup of Darjeeling (in your beautiful green transferware cup). Your home looks so inviting all year round!

  19. Hi Sandi, I published my post today for No Place Like Home.
    Thanks for hosting.

  20. We are on the road this morning so I won't be able to leave my link on your December 21st post. If you happen to see this comment you can post my link on your post for No Place Like Home December 21st. Thank you. I'll be by this evening to read your post and others. If you don't see this I'll just come back this evening to add my link. Thank you for hosting this nice party. Blessings...


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi