"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" ..Welcome to a carolling teatime ... ' Yes , I'm still singing ... Today, we will be humming and listening to "We Three Kings ",
written by John Henry Hopkins(1857)
"We three kings of orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star."
Who can resist a handcrafted star to symbolically glorify the message of of Christmas and the Christ Child. This is one which I purchased at the Frederickton Christmas Craft Fair. An elderly German lady had patiently folded over two hundred of these wax paper treasures to sell. The walls of my studio are mauve, I bought three in varying colours of purple.
It sets the tone for the Christmas window display, doesn't it !!!
I never tire of Christmas stories and all the heartwarming tales. Luckily, I found a charming Staffordshire tea set, called the Christmas Rose. If you care to blog along, it has a lovely little legend to tell.
"The Legend of the Christmas Rose"
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem. There came three Wise men from the East bearing gifts of gold, Myrrh and Frankincense. A little Shepherdess, watching from afar, wept because she had no gift to offer the Christ Child. As her tears fell to the ground, flowers sprang up, which the child gathered and hastened to bring to the infant.
In adoration, she knelt at the crib, so Jesus could see the flowers and when his blessed little hands touched the flowers, a delicate pink appeared in the centre of each floret. So a flower that never blossomed before came into existence- the Christmas Rose. To this day, the Christmas Rose blooms more abundantly at Christmastime than any other season.
The Staffordshire company has beautifully decorated this tea set in vivid colours, unlike the actual plant which has only a delicate blush of light green and pink on it petals .. . still, it is a very eye catching set. While living in Vancouver , B.C., I had a Christmas Rose blooming in my garden during the wintry months... Thus, this pretty tea cup and saucer bears a fond mid-winter memory and of course another favourite carol .....
" Lo how a rose 'e're blooming from tender stem has sprung ".
I'm so relieved that you're enjoying the sing song. ( Ha Ha)
Honestly, I won't ask anyone to go solo!!!
Another variation of my Christmas stars is this rich colour combination. Do you see how the precise folding technique allows the light to shine through, making the starry pattern?
( Pretty, Pretty)
since we don't take enough time out of our busy schedules to pamper ourselves.
So Ladies ... Let's make loose tea a ritual during the festive season.
How about some Carmel Chai, with or without milk added.
It's a Rootibos based tea,
that has a earthy, robust taste, to get you through the day.
Heaven knows ... You deserve it Ladies !!!
" I'm important enough to take the five or six minutes needed for a nice cup of tea "...
How would we ever get through the season !!!!
Now doesn't that look full, rich and flavourful.
M-m-m- girls, it tastes as good as it looks.
You need your teacup replenished.
since loose tea is like a sponge and soaks up surrounding scents and flavours.
I have also been told, not to use "zip ", glass or plastic containers.
store your tea in a cool, dry place, away from the light...
that's the teatime lesson of the day.
"O, Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star with Royal beauty bright,
Westward leading , still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light. "
Thank you for lending your voices and spirit in a
Bernideen's Teatime Blog.