Thanksgiving came on so suddenly this year! It doesn’t usually sneak up on me because we almost always have Thanksgiving dinner at my house. This year, my aunt Mary and I switched, so I didn’t put in the usual two weeks of cleaning, shopping and cooking. Not to say I didn’t cook, of course I did, just not as much pre-cooking as usual. Since I didn’t slave away for two weeks, I had my four-day weekend planned before our brunch was finished. I hung my outdoor Christmas lights. My 14-year-old niece Madison got roped into helping me (thanks, Maddie!) and now I’m inspired to start on Christmas.
At some point I made up this rule that my Christmas tree needed to be decorated on the weekend closest to my December 7 birthday. But it will be rough this year, because over Thanksgiving dinner, we somehow decided December 5 would be the perfect weekend to have a Tree Decorating Tea — at my aunt Mary’s. We’d get a great holiday tea and Mary would get her tree decorated — win-win, well, except my tree will remain undecorated til… hmmm, my sister Hellen has a phrase for this.
Mary is perhaps the one person I know who loves tea more than I do. We had a casual tea just last Saturday to plan our Thanksgiving dinner and here we are planning another in just a week. But teas are a lot more fun to plan than a huge dinner. Maybe it’s the tiny sandwiches or the great desserts…not sure why, they’re just fun! And Christmas-y teas are even more fun because the food is always so festive.
My aunt Mary and her husband, Phil, live in a historic mansion in Southern California at the foot of the mountains. It lends itself to both tea and holiday decorations, and Laurie and I are always inspired to do special teas for this wonderful couple and the house we dubbed Toad Hall in deference to its resemblance to the stately home in The Wind in the Willows.
What do we have planned? Stick with us: You’ll see. From food to flowers, we’ll show you how to decorate a tea, er tree.
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