Note - a friend share her children called Dec 23rd, "Christmas Adam" because it came before "Christmas Eve." I decided to run that by this family and it seems to be sticking - we love the quirkiness of Christmas Adam, and it gives us one more special day to celebrate instead of trying to fit everything into Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve.....of course the 12 Days of Christmas accomplishes the same. Did I mention we love quirky?
My mom collects tea cups, plates, tea pots, nativities and elephants. There may be a few other things???? These are the ones that stick out to me. Grams also collected tea cups.
Mom hosted a Christmas Adam Tea for all the female relatives who were in town. This would be me, her daughter; Sherri, her daughter in law; my daughters - Bre, Krista, Arielle and Stacia; Sherri's grand-daughter Harmony; and Heather's (daughter in law overseas) daughter Elizabeth.
|Elizabeth, Bre - the elder, Krista holding Arielle, Stacia and Harmony|
|De'Etta, Arielle, Krista - Arielle missed her chewing cue!|
Stacia had spent the night at Will and Sherri's with Harmony. This is a HUGE treat - we don't typically do sleepovers. This morning they made cookies and cut out sweet little tea sandwiches for the tea. Harmony is technically Stacia's 2nd cousin (is that right? She's her cousin Amy's daughter). I love there is a "cousin" young enough for Stacia to enjoy. Being the caboose, most of Stacia's cousins are close to 20 years older than her.
Mom had previously shared the tea was our Christmas present this year. As we got started she had us each draw a number and we then chose a tea cup from her collection. I suggested we allow 3 steals - Mom vetoed.
As we chose a cup, Mom told us where she'd gotten it and a bit of its story. Many of them were cups from Grams. Grams and her friends used to host weekly tea parties. They'd each bring a cup and exchange them so they took a new cup home weekly. They'd bring demi (demitasse) cups and their girls would trade them with each other. I believe the only two who chose cups which were not Gram's were Harmony and Krista.
|Stacia chose a purple one Grams had given Mom|
|Love Elizabeth's choice of blue roses|
|Harmony chose this one Gpa gave Gma|
|Gma and Arielle|
|Harmony and Grandma Sherri|
|Krista chose a unique square one Mom had purchased|
Being together highlighted those who were not with us - Heather is overseas. We're all looking forward to seeing her and Nate this summer. I was happy Elizabeth was with us. Amy, Will and Sherri's daughter, is finishing up her time at Teen Challenge. We are humbled and thankful at the mighty work God is accomplishing in and through Amy. This has not been an easy year for Amy, but it's been a fantastic year in the health and wholeness it is bringing to her life. We will be house-sitting for Will and Sherri as they travel, with Harmony and Andrew and Matt to visit Amy for a week.
The tea cups will always be special. The afternoon with each other and Mom will be a favorite Christmas memory. It was a chance to slow down and visit in a smaller group....you know... without our rowdy men-folks around. ::wink:: ::snort:: ::gasp::