Monday, December 15, 2014

A CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS for "Friends Sharing Tea"


These are busy days - baking to do, decorating done but house needs to be cleaned for a guest.  As I prepare this post it is hurry, hurry, hurry.  I want to slow down and smell the roses or rather the Christmas Tree.  I took a few photos to share for Friends Sharing Tea and I hope you can join me for a moment and relax with your own cup of tea!  For me Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus God's only begotten Son:








The mantle is decorated as part of the celebration:  








While out on a buying trip for my shop, I found this little church which is also a music box that plays "Silent Night" clear as a bell. 



I have several old booklets with the Christmas Carols.  I am so sad that these have been removed from our public schools in America.  As a child, we sang them there.



Another collage:











I can't believe how fast the paper whites have bloomed -
 I planted them on Thanksgiving.  As you can see, this weekend we had just a sprinkling of snow outside.  I love it.



I hope you week is filled with the joy of the season!




22 comments:

Beth said...

Your house and mantel look beautiful! Merry Christmas, Bernideen!

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, I love all your pretty china! The nativity, the little music box church, and linens all make for a charming Christmas tea post. The Victorian lady figurine is lovely. It is sad that the little ones don't get to enjoy the Christmas carols in school any longer. At least we can still sing our hearts out at church and in our homes! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Have a beautiful week and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Blessings,
Sandi

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I hope that you can slow down and enjoy Christmas and smell the Christmas tree. Lol! I have been busy with two birthdays and gifts for both. Your Christmas pics are so beautiful and I love your china. We both have Old Country Rose pics this week. Great minds think alike. Thank you for hosting tea time today. Take care of yourself. Happy Christmas! Karen

Deborah Montgomery said...

I love your little nativity scene Bernideen, and all your beautiful china. The paperwhites are so pretty against the background of snow.
I love the old-fashioned picture on the hymn "Hark the Herald Angels Sing;" brings back memories of the beautifully printed songbooks.
Hope you can slow down a little and enjoy.
Blessings to you, Deborah

kitty said...

I love seeing your pretty mantle and all your Christmas decor, Bernideen. Your nativity set is just darling! I also loved the gorgeous crocheted pot holder at the end. Oh, the work in that. It's a beauty! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.

Ruth W said...

I so agree about the Christmas, Christ centered songs being missing...but not in mu world either! Your home looks lovely! I love all you china and decorations. Happy Birthday Jesus!
Ruth

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You've done a lot to create a lovely atmosphere of Christmas around your home Bernideen. Not only are the kids not singing Christmas carols at school, they're having no education of religion unless they go to church. Sad, how times are changing.
Thank you for hosting your weekly gathering. I'm wondering if you received the FB private message I sent enquiring about receiving the envelope I sent to you?

Beth L. said...

Lots and Lots of pretty tea things. Each picture is special. I was drawn to the crocheted pot holder. I do love them.

Mom Wald said...

So many lovely things to display in so many ways. Merry Christmas!

ann said...

This is my first visit. Your home is so lovely. I do enjoy the vintage look. As you do, I miss the wonderful Christmas carols that we sang as children, even at our school program, some of the best memories. I loaded my iPod with the traditional songs blessing Jesus and his arrival because I sure am hearing them on the radio either. Merry Christmas.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Merry Christmas to you, Bernideen! Your home looks so beautifully decorated for Christmas and I love your mantel scarf with all the pretty decorations. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season!
Hugs, Nancy

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
such a pretty Christmas decoration. It makes Christmas feeling all around. I can imagine hwo busy your are at those times. I hope you will have time for a cup of tea, to enjoy your pretty rooms. Thank you for sharing and hosting this wonderful event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Marilyn said...

Love the little musical church. Oh paper whites are my favorite for Christmas. Planting at Thanksgiving is a good thing. My husband always starts them too soon and now they are about finished. Thanks for sharing your lovely home and gardens with us this year.

Vickie said...

What a precious vignette you have for Christmas. Thank you for sharing.

Vickie @ Teacups & Toadstools

KathyB. said...

Your home is so festive & beautiful. The little church reminds me of the ones I saw in so many homes during this time of the year as I was growing up. I especially love those little churches.

The paper whites are beautiful ! I have never forced bulbs and am considering starting this year to have blooms indoors during the cold gray seasons. Thank-you Bernideen for hosting this tea time party.

Martha's Favorites said...

Everything looks amazing. Love the angels. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Carrie said...

Your house looks beautiful! I really like the mantle with the linens draping off the edge--so pretty! Thanks for hosting, and I hope you have a good week :)

Carolyn said...

I love the display of transferware etc and also your paperwhites.

Thank you for hosting,
Carolyn

Linda said...

Everything is gorgeous.

xinex said...

Your home is beautiful, Bernideen. Love all your décor. Merry Christmas!..Christine

Julie Marie said...

Everything is just beautiful Bernideen... it saddens me too that Christmas carols and so much more has been taken from our schools... I am thankful for the way things were when I was a child... Merry Christmas to you sweet friend, xoxo... Julie Marie

Barbara said...

I hope you did get the opportunity to slow down a little Bernideen.