Monday, December 14, 2015

A Cup Of Christmas Tea

Several years ago, we attended a Christmas tea where they read the book "A Cup of Christmas Tea".  My Great Aunt, who is now 93, attended with us.  When they finished reading the book, she commented, a bit teary eyed, about how true it was.  She still lives on her own, drives and gets around just fine.  She attended teas regularly with us until just recently.  The other day I gave her a call and asked if she was up for a tea visit.  Naturally, she said to stop by. 
We packed up some treats . . .
And arrived to find this.
We enjoyed plain and chocolate chip scones.
Our sandwiches included egg salad, cucumber and pimento.
For dessert we had chocolate covered strawberries (her favorite), mint brownies and tea cookies.
The tea server getting a photo before we packed up.  The two canvas ornaments were made by her years ago and adorn my tree.
I bought this "?" at an antique store several years ago to use for just this purpose.  I don't know what it really is, but it works beautifully to transport tea goodies. 
Each of the plates from the tier get a compartment, as well as the service (although we didn't use it since she had the table already set) . . .
And condiments.
Our teas included Victorian Earl Grey and an Orange Cinnamon (which is one of her favorites.)  She likes flavored black tea, often commenting "Now that tea has a taste."
"And then, we settled back and had a cup of Christmas tea."
Sips and Smiles,

If anyone knows what the aluminum carrier is, or how it was used, I would love to know.  It has five compartments, the bottom one being a bit deeper than the others.


  1. Such a very special Afternoon Tea! Thanks for sharing - I'm sure your Aunt was simply thrilled for the delightful and delicious visit!

  2. What a thoughtful niece you are, Teresa! I know your Aunt loved every minute of your visit. Love the book, A Cup of Christmas Tea. What a message it imparts.

  3. It is called a Tiffin and they generally come from India. I have a smaller version, which is definitely nice for a traveling tea time. Your tea with your great aunt brings back wonderful memories for me of taking tea to my aunt. She loved it, as I am sure your great aunt did too. Thanks again for the share.

  4. This was so touching! Thank you for sharing. Taking time to visit with family is so important. Wonderful!!

  5. I've been tempted to buy myself a set of Tiffin. I'm fascinated with bento boxes and food containers of all kinds. Lovely tea message. Merry Christmas, y'all. Marge

  6. What an inspiration your aunt is. How wonderful that you still share Afternoon Tea together.
    Rochelle, ATTA

  7. How lucky are you to have the privilege of spending teatime with your remarkable Great Aunt?

  8. this was just so sweet and wonderful to read...treasure this tea moment with your aunt....

  9. Such a beautiful tea Teresa! I love those sweets! My favorite picks!

  10. Had just read A Cup of Christmas Tea this week as I hung the mini book and cup ornament on our tree. How wonderful that you and your aunt enjoyed the tradition!
    Your annual tea party for your many aunts is so special, too.
    Loving all of your posts, Teresa.