Welcome to my weekly 'tea with friends' hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage. We're joining Kathy at A Delightsome Life for her Christmas with Victoria party.
I've baked some shortbread and added what else, but a few lavender sprinkles and a touch of blue. Make yourself a cup of tea and read how Victoria has influenced my life and Christmas decor. I'm using my one and only Christmas cup and saucer by Royal Stafford.
At Christmas, the cookbooks and magazines full of holiday pictures come out to pour over for ideas. A few good books to read by a toasty fire are also in order for the month of December.
On my bookshelf is a favourite, Company's Coming for Christmas and A Canadian Yuletide Treasury of stories.
The Harrowsmith Canadian Almanac has weather predictions, stories and much more.
Our Christmas tree is a small tabletop silver tinsel one decorated simply with sparkling white lights and tiny purple glass balls.
There's also a lot of tinsel on it to reflect the light, I like this twisty Victorian type.
What would Christmas be without an angel? Since mine doesn't have a big tree to sit on top of any more, she is now able to grace a small side table in the dining room.
Sleighs have nostalgic memories at this time of year and my miniature replicas hold sweets and nuts when company comes.
The kitchen table is layered with a pink tablecloth, lace topper and square with pink and burgundy coloured poinsettias.
During the Victorian era, tussie mussies were given to lady friends . Usually they were hand tied posies with a doily around the stems but individual holders as seen here on the left in a Victoria magazine and a vintage one with roses on the right were also used.
Christmas is the time of year to polish the silver and savour quiet dinners by candlelight with good friends.
I hope you will visit the other blogs to celebrate this delightsome life.