Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Friendship Tea

Hi, my lovely friends!
Today is Tuesday and as you know every Tuesday I host
Roses of Inspiration.
Well, today is going to be a little different. . .
forgive me for not giving you any warning last week.
I originally planned on hosting the party today,
but you see, I have decided to take a little break from my blog
during this Christmas season.
Christmas is next week, sweet friends,
and I want to enjoy the most of this beautiful time with my family.
Baking, wrapping gifts, singing carols around the piano,
sledding and playing in the snow, enjoying Christmas tea parties,
and reading by the fire while sipping hot cocoa.
There is something special and delightful about Christmas
and it only comes once a year.

Now won't you join me for a festive and sparkly tea party?
This tea is for YOU, dear friends,
May you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you,




Friendship is a precious gift
to give at Christmas time.
A cherished gift,
a treasured gift
that lasts through all time.




From home to home
and heart to heart,
from one place to another
the warmth and joy of Christmas
brings us closer to each other.




So much I would wish you for Christmas
yet only my greeting I send
For all that I have to offer
is the sincere heart of a friend.




Some Christmas gifts are big,
some are small,
but the gift of your friendship is one 
I hold close to my heart
every day of the year.




God made Christmas happen;
friends make Christmas beautiful,
music makes Christmas festive;
giving makes Christmas joyous,
love makes Christmas complete.
- William Arthur Ward - 




Christmas blessings. . .
the joy of family,
the treasure of friends,
the miracle of God's love.

When pausing to think about all the ways
I've been blessed this year,
it's people like you who keep coming to mind.




Sweet friends, please know that you are thought of during this Christmas season
and please know that I am truly thankful for all of you.
Thank you for making my life more rich and beautiful!
I sincerely hope you and your loved ones have a most blessed Christmas.
Find time to relax and simply enjoy this wonderful time, dear ones.
And during this holiday may we keep our focus upon the true meaning. . .

And thou shalt have joy and gladness;
and many shall rejoice at his birth.
- Luke 1:14 -

Our precious Lord came to earth to be born of a virgin
so that we, His creation, could have life with Him for all eternity.
He came to earth because He LOVES us
and desires for each one of us to know Him personally.
Simple faith, my friends. . .
Faith in the one true Savior.

That is thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.
- Romans 10:9 -

May home be warm,
your holidays grand,
and may your heart be held gently 
in the Lord's hands.




Merry Christmas!

I will be back to posting on my blog
when the new year begins.
See you then, sweet friends!

Much love and tender hugs to you!

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99 comments:

Conniecrafter said...

Wishing you the most joyous Christmas also as we celebrate that one true gift like no other we received from our God, his Son!!! Such sweet photos of your tree and the pretty sparkle ornaments in the tea cup also!! My sister gave me a little tea cup with my birthday month printed inside, it is just so sweet and made me think of you first :)
Enjoy this time with family, celebrating our Lord and Saviors birth!!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

How lovely! Merry Christmas, Stephanie! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Susan said...

And much love to you, dear Stephanie. You are a light in this ol' world. May your Christmas be blessed in many ways and may the sweet Christ child hold out His hands and heart to you. Hugs. Susan

domenica.60 said...

Lovely post ! Your words are full of the joy and the blessing of Christmas time .
I miei migliori auguri ! is for ... Best wishes !
Franca

Simply Linda said...

Many Holiday Blessings to you and your family, sweet friend. Merry, Merry Christmas....

Christine said...

Sweet Stephanie, thank you so much for holding this tea party just for us! It has been a pleasure throughout the year to join you & you are such a blessing!
Enjoy this special season with your loved ones & thank you again for drawing our gaze to the Christ of Christmas & all he means to us!
Praise & glory to Him for the gift of His Salvation!
Love & best wishes!
Christine

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas Stephanie!!! See you in the new year!!

Hope said...

Dear Stephanie,

What a beautiful Christmas tea! Thank you.

I think that taking time off from blogging to be with your family is a wise thing to do. That little son of yours will grow up too fast; this is a special time for family.

I hope the cards I sent arrived. They certainly should have by now. I received a lovely Christmas card in the mail this weekend :)

May God bless you and your family with His precious love and peace this Christmas.

♥Hope

Melanie said...

Thank you, sweet friend for inviting me to your Christmas tea! I wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas season. God bless you and your family. I'll see you next year!

Billie Jo said...

Blessings for a wonderful and Holy Christmas, Stephanie!!!!!
Enjoy every moment with your lovely family!!!!
I treasure your friendship so!

Maria said...

The merriest of Christmas to you and yours dear lady.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I hope you and your family have a Merry Merry Christmas sweet friend! I appreciate you and your encouraging words more than you know. See you in the new year :)

Teri said...

To You and Yours ... Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year from Our Little Cottage to Yours. ♥ Love, Teri

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Dearest friend- your sparkling tea is lovely.....and so is your sincerity.

I have been big time MIA myself lately- I understand completely!

Please enjoy every minute of the rest of this joyful Advent season.

God bless - "see" you next year!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Have a very Merry Christmas Stephanie! This was such a beautiful post.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Such gorgeous photos Stephanie. You and your blog are such a joy to us. It is important for all of us to take some time to enjoy this special time of year, and of course get those gifts wrapped. :)

Wishing you and your family a blessed and Merry Christmas! Pam

magnoliasntea said...

What a gorgeous tea, thank you, Stephanie. Wishing you and your sweet family a joyous Christmas season.
See you next year, the Good Lord willing. :)
Toni

Debby Ray said...

What a beautiful post, Stephanie! Thank you for going to such great efforts to offer this lovely Christmas card to us! May you and your family be wonderfully blessed as you celebrate our Lord's birth next week! Hugs to you and please give your sweet mom a hug from me, will you? Much love to you, dear friend ♥♥♥ and a Merry, Merry Christmas!

Bernideen said...

May your season be blessed with the miracle of His presence and His peace!

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: Christmas is the best time of year. What a fabulous tea. Merry Christmas!Keep in touch

Kira Brennan said...

Thank you, Stephanie, Merry Christmas! I love your photos.

Denise said...

...."and may Your heart be gently held in the Lord's hands." So beautiful and perfect.I pray the same for You sweet Stephanie.Blessings of Christmas to You.

Sarah said...

Such a sweet post!! May you and your family enjoy a very blessed Christmas! All of your plans for the next week sound so delightful.: )

Laura Lane said...

Happy Christmas dear friend!
I hope you enjoy your break.
I might just join you in a
couple of days!

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage!
Laura

Sue said...

Wishing you and your dear family a most joyous, and blessed Christmas, Stephanie! Enjoy this special time making memories with those you love! Looking forward to enjoying the new year with you!
Blessings,
Sue

Cranberry Morning said...

Have a blessed Christmas, Stephanie. Your lovely photos and words inspire us!

Tamara said...

What a touching post Dear Stephanie! and your photos are stunning. I love the sparkles..And yes..what you say is true. After a busy, festive weekend in Phoenix, I was having some of those same thoughts about slowing it all down and enjoying those things that you mentioned. And all the while keeping Christ as the heart of it all.. Thank you for all of the kind comments and inspiration. All of the encouragement in the Lord is a gift in itself. Wishing you and your family loads of Christmas joy and blessings for your new year <3

Much love and hugs,
Tamara

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Dearest Stephanie, I wish a most blessed Christmas to you and your family!
See you again next year! xx

Elizabethd said...

Stephanie, my wish is for you to have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Stephanie. Thank you for inviting us to your Christmas tea. It was a wonderful time and your photos and home are magical. Such a lovely way to reflect upon what's really important and the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. Peace, Love and much Joy be yours as this year ends and continued Blessings into the new!!
Love to you, xo

Kelly Deal said...

Beautiful post dear friend! May you and your family have a blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year! Have fun!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Merry Christmas, Stephanie! You have captured the true meaning of Christmas.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Lovely post to remember over the holidays. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and wonderful family time. I recently read where a bible scholar was asked what the greatest thing he knew from the bible and he responded...."Jesus loves me, this I know..
Celebrating HIM this season along with you!

mamasmercantile said...

A wonderful afternoon tea, it was a pleasure to join you. Seasons greetings to you and yours and a lovely reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Lynn Bean said...

Dearest Stephanie! What a beautiful post and photos! Wishing you and your family a most joyous Christmas and Happy New Year! Blessings Friend and may the Lord richly bless you. Lynn

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh how I enjoyed your special Christmas tea! Such beautiful pictures dear Stephanie, and I was glad to see that you are taking a bit of a break in order to enjoy the holidays more fully. You are such a dear, treasured friend, and I wish you and your sweet family a very blessed and special Christmas, and that the presence of the Lord will surround you, and bless you in a precious way! Much love to you, and enjoy every moment with your family :)

Amy at love made my home said...

Happy Christmas!!! I hope that you have a wonderful time and a great New Year too. I look forward to following along in 2016 with you and have enjoyed 2015 with you. Thank you! xx

Mindy Whipple said...

Beautiful Ms. Stephanie! Merry Christmas to you and your family - enjoy your time off and see you as the New Year begins.

tealady said...

Thank-you for the lovely tea party.Merry Christmas to you and your family.Enjoy the time you have Christmas is made for family. Blessings.

Cheryl said...

Dear, sweet Stephanie! So thankful for you and your precious friendship. Enjoy your time away, and may you and your dear family have a wonderful, merry Christmas!! I love and appreciate you so very much, and I look forward to what the dear Lord has in store for our blogging journey in the new year! :)

peabea said...

Have a Blessed Christmas sweet girl, and thanks for the lovely tea. :) ~Christmas hug coming your way~ ;)

Elizabeth said...

Sweet Stephanie,

This was one of the sweetest posts I think I've ever read! And how fitting that it came from you...one of the sweetest people in the blogging world! :) You are such a delightful blessing to me and I'm so thankful for your friendship! I truly hope you and your sweet family have a beautiful Christmas and a very blessed New Year! Enjoy this time of relishing in the Christmas fun...I'll look forward to your return in the new year!

Sending much love and many Christmas hugs your way!!
-Libby

PS-I just wanted to thank you for the kind comments you left on my blog. I had to recently switch to Wordpress, and I am no longer able to respond via email. But it was either give that up and hopefully no longer deal with harassing comments or continue getting harsh responses on a pretty regular basis. So I chose the first option. But I do appreciate you and your kindness very, very much!! I just didn't want you to think I was ignoring your comments :) They make my day brighter, for sure!! :)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

That was so special, just like you!
Have a blessed Christmas Stephanie.
warmly,
deb

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening precious friend. You are the epitome of a precious neighbor, sister, friend and tea buddy! What a pretty little tree. May your eyes sparkle with the light of the season. XOX

Mimi said...

Dearest Stephanie, I couldn't agree more and will be following your example at the end of the week. Have a Blessed Festive Season with your beautiful family, and see you in the New Year. Thankyou for the stunning tea. Very memorable indeed. Lots of love, Mimi xxx

Margie said...

Thank you for hosting such a beautiful Christmas tea, Stephanie! Merry Christmas to you and your family. See you in 2016!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh you precious friend, I'm honored to join you at your friendship tea today, and what a lovely tea you've fixed for us on your pretty tea wagon. Your pretty tinsel tree looks so sparkly and I so love your pink and Aqua ornaments. You have such pretty teacups for serving your tea. The wonderful part is how God has connected you to all of us that know and love you.
You certainly need to spend some time with your sweet son and hubby and enjoy all those fun activities and create special memories. Oh, how I wish I could be there to sing carols while you play the piano. What a joy that would be! Thank you for reminding us the reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Love and Christmas blessings are sent to you and your family!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hosting a friendship tea with the inspiring words on friendship and Christmas is the perfect way to say farewell until the new year Stephanie.
Blessings to you and all whom you hold dear.

Debbie Harris said...

My dear...I'm not quite sure where to even begin on this heart warming post.
Your gracious tea party for your dear followers was the finest of tea parties, wrapped in warmth straight from your heart.
Your setting of tea cups that you so graciously served us in was magical followed with the most gorgeous tour of your glamorous brilliant tree.
Breath taking photos with all the sparkle and glitter, just gorgeous!
Friendship certainly is a treasured gift, and you have some lovely friends here in our blogging community. All so very previous.
Thank you for this time to reflect on the goodness of God in so many beautiful ways.
I believe this is my favorite post of yours, loved it!

Enjoy all that your heart longs to do through out the next few weeks as you prepare for the birth of our Precious Savior. May you be filled with all joy that comes down from Heaven above.

Much love~~ Mom

Vee said...

You have chosen well! May your Christmas be blessed with all that makes it merry and bright!. See you in 2016...

Mary Hutchins said...

Enjoy your time with family during this very special time of year. Hope you have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Vicky Hunt said...

Christmas is about spending time with family! Enjoy yours and many blessing to you and yours this Christmas.
Love and Hugs, Vicky

Deborah Montgomery said...

Ooh . . . I love all the sparkly, pretty, Christmas-y glitter in this post. But even more, the sweet words accompanying it. As Vee says, you have chosen well . . . time with family is so precious, especially as children grow up all too soon. Enjoy your Christmas, and may the Lord bless you and your loved ones. See you in 2016. Much love, Deborah

Haddock said...

Lovely pictures.

Yes Christmas is really in the air.

Kelly-Anne said...

A blessed and merry Christmas to you, dear friend! I can't begin to tell you how your precious friendship and encouragement has blessed my heart this year...I praise the Lord for you and your beautiful blog, and I hope to stop by The Enchanting Rose many a time in the new year! May you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, dearest Stephanie! Enjoy the last bit of preparation...
I will miss you dearly this week, but I too am wanting to spend this sweet time with my family and am simply not getting to the Festive blogging that I would have perhaps liked to! But...I will ''see'' you in 2016, dear Stephanie! Praying that you will have a blessed week further...sending you my love! And thank you for writing such a gorgeous post filled with love and of course beautiful pictures! Blessings and love in the Lord! How wonderful that He came to earth as a babe to be poured out as a sacrifice for all of us...I am in awe at His deep love for us, His children! May we keep our celebrations Christ centred! Hugs always!
Your friend,
Kelly-Anne

Consider It All Joy said...

May you enjoy all that Christmas is and know His presence in this season! You have blessed my life in these past few weeks. Blessings to you for the Merriest of all Christmases! Cindy xoxo

handmade by amalia said...

What a pretty post, Stephanie. I hope that you're having a wonderful holiday season.
Amalia
xo

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you! Have a very Merry christmas and a Happy New Year!

Blessings,
Jill

Kerin said...

Beautiful post. Thank you!

Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Merry Christmas.

Enjoy the peace and goodwill and blessings of this season.

~K.

Lydia S. said...

Lovely pictures! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, what a delightful and refreshing Christmas Tea you've "hosted" for us today! The photos are so beautiful, and the words you share are always so dear, along with the precious words of God! I have been so very blessed this year to "find" you (and your dear mom), and you continue to bless me so much...and so many along with me. I praise God for you and thank you for sharing yourself with us and the beauty that God has given us. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas as you share in the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! Even so come, Lord Jesus! Sending much love and tender hugs...always! (I am so behind, so I shall try to start again from here in commenting.)

Jann Olson said...

Stephanie, a very Merry Christmas to you sweet friend! I have been so busy that I have not touched my computer for almost a week. Received your gorgeous card and I love it so much!! Thank you and love having you as a wonderful and sweet friend!! Your photos are beautiful and I love the sparkle in the tea cup.
hugs,
Jann

Robyn said...

Such an inspiring, beautiful message, Stephanie. I am posting tomorrow and then taking time off till the new year as well because I want to enjoy the holidays and simply unplug for awhile.
Happy Holidays to you, sweet friend. I'm so very grateful to have you in my life and will always treasure your precious friendship.
Good luck at your recital. Can't wait to hear about it! Lots of love to you and yours!

Wandering Wren said...

Our blogging life and friends are special but love it when I see family first and so beautifully put, talk about seeing the year out with a bang, (and a cuppa tea!) A wonderful last post of 2015, see you in the New Year.
Wren x

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

What a beautiful post Stephanie, sorry I missed it as I have been wrapping and packing gifts to mail to family. I am finally done...Whew! You are so thoughtful and sweet, thank you for sharing.
Peace & Blessings,
Karen

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a lovely tea you have shared with us, my dear Stephanie! Such beautiful images and kind thoughts. You are a beautiful and inspiring friend and I hope that you and your family have a lovely Christmas filled with joy, peace and many blessings. Hugs xo Karen

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a lovely thoughtful post Stephanie.
May you and your family have a truly special Christmas time.
My very best wishes ...

All the best Jan

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Such beautiful photo's! So much Christmas cheer!
Merry Christmas, my friend!

Gina said...

So lovely, Stephanie! Merry Christmas to you and your dear family!

Barbara Neubeck said...

... thank you dear Stephanie.... this tea is a lovely gift.... the images and words you have shared are so beautiful and special.....
I love your Angel post too... lovely angels and a favourite hymn... wonderful.
Enjoy your Christmas my friend and I look forward to 2016... xxxx
Hugs... Barb

Daniela said...

My dearie, thank you for your lovely tea !!!

May your Christmas be the Merriest you could ever imagine and wish, filled with JOY, LOVE, ARMONY, PEACE, HEALTH and FAMILIAR WARMTH, the most blessed and precious Gifts we have.

Thank you for this wonderful friendship of ours which is enriching my life with joy
with true love
Dany

Regine Karpel said...

Beautiful
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Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I enjoyed your Christmas friendship tea. Have a merry Chritsmas, Stephanie.

Nina said...

Wishing you Peaceful and Joyous Christmas, dear friend!
And thank you for the sweetest friendship tea - and all the encouragement and inspiration you have given through the 2015!
Lots of love from Nina

Polly said...

Such a lovely post Stephanie. Wishing you and your family a very happy peaceful Christmas x

Jess said...

This is such a great post! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Merry Christmas!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hello Dear Stephanie, Stopping back by to visit and view your pretty Christmas tea once again. You always make everything very special.
Wishing you and your sweet family the joy of the holiday season that only God can bring!! MERRY CHRISTMAS and all the best in the new year!! Love and Blessings to you. xo

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love that cute silver Christmas tree and the tea cups and ornaments.
Thanks for joining and sharing this post at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
Have a wonderful week and a Merry Christmas. Julie xo

Linda Young said...

What a sweet, holiday post! I wish you the most wonderful Christmas with your lovies! I just love Christmas and celebrating our Savior's birth!
Thank you for your thoughtful and comforting response to my post about losing my son. I know God has given me such peace, and worked through people like you who are praying and caring for me through my time of grieving. I have had a lot of support, and I appreciate yours! May God bless you and your family.
Merry Christmas!

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful blog post. Wishing you and yours a peaceful blessed Christmas, Until next year. hugs Sheryl

Amy Lane said...

I love your editing on these pictures, I like finding people who use Picmonkey because then I gain inspiration. Great job! Very original. I like the photography too.
Have a wonderful Christmas Stephanie.
-Amy

Kat White said...

Stephanie beautiful Christmas Post! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs

Red Rose Alley said...

Have the Merriest Christmas, Stephanie. May your heart be filled with love and joy in the new year. I know my heart is filled with joy since I met you here in this blog land of ours. You are one of my favorite people, Stephanie, and I treasure your friendship.

Have lots of hot chocolate, goodies, tea, spending time with family, and do all the wonderful things that make you happy because you deserve all the goodness that comes your way.

love your blog sister,
~Sheri

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
Doce abraço com carinho, Marie!

Navy Wifey Peters said...

I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Your tea cart and tree are beautiful!

Debbie said...

so beautiful stephanie, you have a real gift with the camera!! i was going to share my hat, i'm happy you stopped by and got to see it!!! merry christmas stephanie to you and your family, wishing you a joy filled holiday season!!!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a fun filled festive season. Take care my lovely xx

Poppy said...

Happy Christmas, sweet Stephanie! Enjoy your beautiful and special moments with your family. Lovely images, thank you!

Sending love and hugs,
Poppy

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and that you are basking in the love of the Lord and your dear ones. I took a break for the Christmas Season, and it was wonderful! I completely understand wanting to dive into your life more fully.

God's blessings be yours,
Ceil

Camille said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Stephanie! How precious these days are...I agree with you....a break from blogging is a good thing. I hope you got in lots of snow time and reading time and singing time and hot cocoa time! May you know the Lord's loving hand upon you as you follow Him in 2016. With love, Camille

Draffin Bears said...

Beautiful post you have shared dear Stephanie and sorry I am a little late getting over to say hello.
Hope your Christmas was merry and bright, happy holidays and wishing you good health and happiness for 2016
hugs
Carolyn

Patti said...

You are truly a blessing to countless women and their families every day. You share Christ in a way that brings His true heart. Thank you so much for ALL the time you give to share with women around the world. Thank you, and Blessings - Patti

faith76 said...

Such a beautiful post, wishing you a fabulous new year xxxx

Alex said...

Popped over to wish you Happy New Year in advance, dear Stephanie! May I be the first?!
I enjoyed your Christmas tea 'retrospectively'! Your words and pics contain that elusive Christmas wonder..
Looking forward to a New Year of blogging and doing! I do hope you are all okay in your family, and let me just say thank you for all the beauty joy and faith that your blog inspires.
X

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks for all you've done this year, it's always a pleasure linking with you.
Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!
Hugs,
Patti

Dee said...

This was such a beautiful post. Happy New Year, Stephanie!

Linda Walker said...

Dear Stephanie,
I loved this post! Such lovely photos and words for the Christmas season! I hope you are enjoying your time away. It is important to take the time to enjoy family and friends over the holidays. Savor the moments! They quickly fly by! Happy New Year!
Hugs and blessings,
Linda

Hope said...

Good morning dear Stephanie,

I see you have been spending time redecorating your lovely blog. I do love your new look! I especially like your welcome (and love of Jesus) and your invitation to stay for a bit of tea and friendship. It is all very precious, just as you are very precious, my sweet friend.

Much love,
♥Hope

Kathryn with Heaven is Smiling Above said...

I stopped by to link up but you are still vacationing. Good for you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. My 12 year old loves her Paris basket and my 8 year old uses her tote for her scriptures every Sunday now. :) See you soon!

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