Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Cards and Christmas Tea

We love to receive Christmas cards . . . but we love to send them as well.    It's our way to catch up with old friends . . .

Christmas cards are never pre-printed at Linderhof!     We handwrite our names in them.     A few (very few) cards have just our names while others get a half card of a cheery message as to what we've or Daughter Sarah or Brother David and his family have been doing the past year and a lot more get a letter -- each one different for we write them just to the person we're sending the card to.    No "Generic Christmas Letters" for us!

But whether there's more than just the name in them, it all starts with the addressing of the envelope  and writing our names on the card.

Sunday I started the Christmas cards in the sunroom.    It was a sunny afternoon and with a Yankee Candle Mistletoe Candle lit wafting that wonderful pine fragrance throughout the room and carols on the stereo, it was a pleasant afternoon.

My Christmas card box while holds cards and my Christmas card address book and pens . . .

Christmas card addressing (and note writing) can be very tiring and so . . .

We fortify ourself with tea and cookies.  

The teacup is new.    It's French Limoges and was a birthday present from a dear friend.    It's a sweet teacup and I absolutely adore it!     It's an exquisite cup and shall be my special tea cup.

The cookies are from my stash of Christmas cookies -- cutout cookies in the shapes of bells, holly and stars and all sprinkled with sugar and decorated with a red hot.

For fun while I was addressing cards

I lit the candles on the German pyramid.

I didn't get the addressing finished, but I did get up to "F" . . . and tomorrow afternoon, I shall tackle the task again.    Upstairs are the cards needing letters . . . I'll work on those as I can steal an hour or two.

It is Tuesday . . . and I'm joining the Tuesday Tea Parties . . .

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage

And I'm also joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday


Antiques And Teacups said...

Your lovely area will certainly have you in the mood for sending Christmas cards. How charming! A a lovely teatime as well!

Southerncook said...

Your beautiful cutwork piece looks so gorgeous on your table underneath your pyrmiad. Have I mentioned that I have a pyrmiad very similar??? Welllllll, maybe I haven't (I have had it for years) but my most recent post has a similar cutwork piece in the post. So beautiful and a piece that I am enjoying so much.


acorn hollow said...

I am with you I had sign with a note and hand write the address on the envelope. It says I care enough to take the time. I too love to get christmas cards.


I love it where you have tea, I'd love to go there and visit with you, but at least I'll do it virtually at your beautiful home. I love the German pyramid, my hubby calls it a carrousel. See you at Tea Time Tuesday. Merry Christmas. FABBY

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, what a lovely spot for writing out cards! I too send out Christmas cards and it can be quite tiring especially since I don't have the hand I used to have.
I love your special teacup; very pretty! Your cookies look good too. Thanks so much for sharing and joining me for tea today.

Christmas blessings,

Pondside said...

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon at this time of year. I love that you lit the candles in your pyramid.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
your Christmas card tradition is lovely and so personal. Love that. And I love the way you have a break, elegant and with style. You have a pretty German pyramid.
Best greetings, Johanna

Snap said...

Tea and treats are perfect for getting the Christmas cards all done! Wonderful! Happy Tea Day!

Millie said...

A lovely I need to get working on my cards too!