A December ritual is the writing of thank you notes. Friends are always so generous to Husband Jim and I and a pile of presents from friends are always under the tree Christmas morning. Most are from far away friends and arrive by mail. That makes December even more exciting.
On the first day that we're home and alone after Christmas Day, I take my notes, my cards, tea and a treat (for treats abound) and spend the morning watching the birds and thanking dear friends for their thoughtfulness.
|It's fun watching the birds (or squirrels) as we write our notes.|
My new Christmas runner is on the breakfast room table as is the German pyramid. We're not one to rush taking Christmas down. For the Christmas season does not end the night of December 25!
But the beloved blue and white is now our daily china for we do retire the Christmas china on Christmas Day.
|We like an assortment of note cards and are always looking for ones with tea or flower themes.|
I always try to have a stash of note cards -- especially in December and sometimes we're gifted with note cards from dear friends. Each card and envelope is handwritten. No email notes from Linderhof!
|There is never a shortage of sweets during the days after Christmas.|
Writing thank yous is "hard work" and we need to be fortified and so Christmas treats and a pot of tea helps us from getting "peckish"!
|We love these little mince pies and they seem so Christmasy!|
Christmas mince pies make a great nosh so that we can keep our strength up!
It was a wonderful Christmas at Linderhof -- great food, great company and "Santa" brought everything we wished for and then some!
As this week slides into the weekend and New Year's Eve, we enjoy the laziness of this "tween" week (the week "between" Christmas and New Year's) and although there is the last of the Christmas parties this week and I'm also hosting a Christmas luncheon, it is still a laid back week as we end 2011.
I'm joining Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea.