Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas is Coming...

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day. 
For loving, sharing and giving are not to put away
like bells and light and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.”
~Norman Wesley Brooks~
 We had a nice Christmas gathering at this month's Christian Women's Connection with sweets, clementines, lots of tea and coffee and the singing of Christmas carols. Our guest vocalist was the sweet lady seen above on the right, and the other, our hostess. I better mention we had Christmas crackers at our place settings too and that's why you see the paper crowns.
I've seen many elaborate nativity scenes in blogland but mine remains a simple homemade ceramic one that winds up to 'Silent Night'.
My #magicmoment this week when I saw a lavender enhanced poinsettia. 
Our local birding store sells these small bags of birdseed that make a nice hostess gift.
In all the frantic activity of the season, be sure to stop for a relaxing cup of tea and a sweet or two!

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, Judith. Glad you enjoyed the conference. It's always fun to have numerous little Christmas excursions. We went to Terrace Hill, governor's mansion, today. It's beautifully decorated. Your tea setting is fantastic, so pretty! Merry Christmas Judith!

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  2. Lovely photos . I like the birdseed bag and the idea soo cute . Oh always time for tea and a sweet treat here hehe ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  3. Love the tea and the sweet treats! Hope not to eat the latter!

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  4. What a simply lovely post and the words from 'Norman Wesley Brooks' just started things off so well, thank you.

    Isn't the birdseed bag cute, I've not come across one like that before.

    Enjoy these last days up to Christmas.
    My cards are all done, but I have some more wrapping to do!

    All the best Jan

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  5. OH that lavender poinsettia is lovely... I hope it went home with you...? Aren't Christmas gatherings with friends the best fun? We had our quilting guild's Christmas Social last night, complete with a turkey dinner. It was wonderful! I love the idea of putting birdseed out on Christmas morning. I just filled my feeders yesterday.

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  6. Your nativity set is very cute. I actually have a Playmobil set that my kids loved to arrange and rearrange all through the holidays. I've always looked for a "mature" set, but have yet to find one I like better. Sounds like your women's group was a lot of fun. I love listening to Christmas carols, but only listen to them here at home (I think my family is getting a bit tired of the repetition!). The birdseed bag is cute, but I've never heard of that tradition ... I guess I've been lucky all these years since I feed the birds extra seeds on Christmas day ;)
    Did the lavender poinsettia come home with you? It's quite pretty! I always like to see your three o'clock tea time treats. My tea tonight is black forest dessert tea ... cheers!
    Wendy

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  7. The lavender poinsettia is just your style, Judith! How unique! We have a carved wooden Nativity set that we put out every year. Tea time is a treat - I'm so looking forward to a little time to myself once school is out - just 1 1/2 more days! Your Christmas tea cup is so pretty.

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  8. What a sweet nativity scene. When I saw the lavender poinsettia on FB, I thought you had photoshopped it. Heh. I'm still suffering from this nasty cold so I may not even organize a tea social at the office this month...

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  9. A lavender poinsettia - beautiful to see Judith, love the sweet musical nativity ornament too.
    Joy

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  10. What a great find, a lavender poinsettia! Perfect. That last picture is so pretty! Those cookies are so festive and so is the Christmas cracker. I have to get my bird feeders out! Those poor little birds need some love in this frigid weather. -2F right now, 5 to 10 more inches of snow this weekend! xo Deborah

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  11. It's so nice to be back to blogging ! ~ A lavender poinsettia ,a first for me .

    I am missing my friends from our old home many miles away, especially during this Christmas season. You're very blessed with your friends and Ladies' groups.

    Some how I think a simple nativity scene is more in keeping with the reason for this season. Missed your blog posts Judith and am so glad to be back.

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  12. Dearest Judith,
    I must confess that I see a Poinsettia with shades of lavender for the first time, what a charm, your magicmoment is mine too, thank you !

    Hope you're having the best of weeks, I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you

    Xx Dany

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  13. Hello Judith, great quote. I love the lavender poinsettia and the bag of birdseed is a great idea for a gift. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  14. You would find a lavender poinsettia! It's lovely. It sounds like you are enjoying these days to the fullest.

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  15. What a lovely post, dear Judith!
    The poem is so true, I too think that we are happiest if we have some Christmas spirit in our life every day.
    Your nativity scene is very cute. Homemade? I'd love to be able to make that kind of lovely items.
    They must have developed the lavender poinsettia thinking of you... :)
    Well, everything looks lovely in this post, the Christmas gathering, your Christmas tea, the small bag of birdseed... Of course nowadays, when we are wealthier, we feed the little birds every day here in Scandinavia. :)
    xx

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  16. Did not know that about feeding birds on Christmas Day. A sweet tradition. I am amazed by the lavender poinsettia. Did you purchase it? I gave away the buttery shortbread cookies...just in time before I ate anymore! So it's just tea for me and that actually sounds like a lovely idea.

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  17. Smiled when I saw the lavender poinsettia. How many did you get ;)

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  18. Judith, a lavender enhanced poinsettia? I've never heard of such. I suppose only someone with a beautiful blog called Lavender Cottage would find such a thing!

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  19. What a sweet Nativity and I love the lavender enhanced poinsettia. It is so pretty!

    A cup of hot tea sounds good to me. I think I'll get up and fix one.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

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  20. Sounds like you had a lot of fun! Love the sweet little nativity. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. I love your nativity! So cute! Your tea set is pretty, too! :)

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  22. Oh how lovely - I don't know what to comment on first! I would say The Nativity - because that is the reason for the season - and then lavender poinsietta? Really? You must have squealed with happiness at that! LOVE the chickadee birdseed bag giftie idea - it's right for everyone and for every occassion, awesome idea.

    And your teatime - oh isn't that the prettiest thing ever? Lovely, Judith, as always. Hugs. ♥



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  23. I'm having a cup of tea right now while visiting you, Judith, but I wish I could join yours. The lavender poinsettia is so perfect for you, and those bird seed bags are darling for gifting. Your nativity set is just so sweet and sentimental. Happy evening to you, sweet friend.

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  24. Hello,Judith,
    You had such a wonderful Christmas gathering with friends! It is so pretty. Your vocalist's performance, lot's of tea with Christmas carol. It must be fun. Your table setting is lovely as always. The cookies on the white lace plate, they are too cute to eat!! This time in Japan is different from yours. Many foods for New years have already displayed at supermarkets. Women are busy shopping them and preparing New Year holidays.
    Happy Christmas holidays to you! Thank you for your friendship this year too, Judith.

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  25. What a lovely time you are having. I didn't know about the birds either.

    The lavender poinsettia is perfect and the tea is too!

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  26. Your nativity is really sweet and I love the colour of the poinsettia. I like the idea of the small bags of birdseed for gifts. Have a nice weekend Judith.

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  27. Hi Judith,

    I enjoyed this post, and I think your Nativity set is just perfect. Wow, that poinsettia is amazing!! The little bags of bird seed are just charming; I'll have to check our bird store for something like that. We love to feed the birds here, and so do our parents.

    It sounds like you had a nice week, Judith. Thanks so much for your comments on my Christmas table and have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  28. Oh that pointsettia! How beautiful! Have you ever seen one in stores? I also like the little bird seed package...very cute. Also, a good reminder to enjoy that cup of tea. :)

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  29. Your nativity is just as sweet as ever, Judith! and I love the sack of bird seed. I have never seen a lavender enhanced pointsettia before....I would love to find one for myself...it's stunning!!!!
    Have a Merry Christmas, dear friend.
    Debbie
    xo

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  30. Looks really nice! All that handmade mosaic i`ve seen to Christmas was nearly as close as here.
    Very lovely! lavender enhanced pointsettia is to be considered

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  31. Love that lavender pointsetta, wow! And your tea time cookies look so yummy! We have a simple nativity as well, we like simple the best. Ours doesn't play music - love that yours does! The birds are staying quite busy at our feeders now especially since the cold moved in. A lovely Scandinavian tradition! Hugs to you today :)

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  32. That lavender poinsettia sure looks like you, Judith! Isn't it lovely! The little nativity is adorable and what a sweet idea to gift those bird seed bags! I love the reticulated plate holding the treats. Sounds like your meeting went well with some nice fellowship. Merry Christmas, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  33. Love the Scandanavian bird tradition. Merry Christmas Judith from sunny and warm Florida where we are celebrating a decidedly non-traditional Holiday!

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  34. ... And I thought everyone around you wore lavender paper crowns these days?! Wow that Poinsettia was a find, I would have loved that too, although the red are pretty! I love the bird seed tradition, we should try it round our way, although it might bring Good Luck and mice and possums!
    Happy Christmas Judith
    Wren x

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  35. I think the lavender poinsettias are gorgeous! I almost bought one this year. I did buy a pink one for a friend. Your teacup Christmas pattern is lovely! Merry Christmas!!!

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  36. Merry Christmas lavender Sis! I had a cup of raspberry tea tonight...and thought of you! Holiday hugs, Diane

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  37. Oh I love that lavender poinsettia Judith. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  38. Merry Christmas Wishes to you and yours ...

    All the best Jan

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  39. Just wanted to wish a very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Judith! (And a lavender poinsettia? Who knew!)

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