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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Good-bye Ms. Christmas Teapot

Welcome to the first Afternoon Tea of 2012 ... I'm so happy that you have clicked over for a visit.

During the busy time of the holidays, I combined my ATTEATUDE and Chocolate tea posts here at HHL. It was just going to be for the holiday season as I was getting very overwhelmed with keeping up with posting; But not only did I realize it was much easier writing/posting on one blog; Readers of HHL emailed to say they were really enjoying these posts, so for the next few months, I will continue to incorporate the two blogs here at HHL.

So...here we go,....

Now that all the holiday rushing around and entertaining, has come to a halt, it's time to start putting away the Christmas decor. Including this lovely Christmas teapot. So, while lounging the day away New Year's Day, Mr. G. and I used our Christmas teapot for the final time, until Christmas returns, 12 months from now.

Things sweet Christmas mugs will also be saying till next Christmas too!, after this tea.The sturdy mugs are by 222 Fifth and the pattern is Paisley Ornaments. The colours are much more vibrant than the photo shows.

To accompany our tea we indulged in some homemade white chocolate chip cookies, Angel P's nieces and nephew baked for us.

This is a better photo, you can see the white chocolate chunks! We were each given our own little bag, with accompanying gift tag.

I love this teapot, it really reflects the season with the snow covered pine-cones, and it's red, green, and white colour. The ceramic teapot is made in China by CR -Christmas Collection and is called "Old Saint Nick"

Of course the Red Cardinal, is a reminder that the  garden and it's feathery friends are staying warm and out of sight.

The handle of the teapot is finished off with a grande bow!

Mr. G loves these Christmas mugs for their generous handle. 

And this little guy is saying ... Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Thanking for visiting and taking the time to comment.

Sharing tea with these wonderful Hostesses!!
Tea Time Tuesday ~ with Sandi 
Martha's Terri's Tea Time Tuesday


  1. Nice dropping by, and saying goodbye to another year. Hope that 2012 will be filled with good memories.

  2. Your Christmas teapot with the red cardinal is charming, and the mugs with ornament decoration.
    Best wishes for a happy 2012 for you.
    On my blog folks are choosing a word to guide them in the new year; please stop by and say hi.

  3. It's sad when they have to go away...but so fun when you bring them back out next year! Love the mugs!

  4. Your C'mas tea pot is adorable, specially with the red cardinal on the lid! The mugs are so pretty too. I guess it's time to put away our holiday decor...I just got to get the nerve, stating tomorrow! Thanks for your lovely visit. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  5. It's kinda sad, I know, to pack up our special Christmas things we enjoy, but it's also nice to look forward to seeing them again next year.

    I hope your Christmas and New Year was extra special.

    BTW...just like my post tonight expresses - YOU are important to me. Thanks for your friendship.


  6. Hello dear Celia,
    You and I have the identical teapot! I shared mine a couple of tea party posts back. It is cute, isn't it? Your mugs are very nice too.
    I hope the coming year brings you good health and many blessings your way. Happy New Year!

    Blessings and hugs,

  7. I love cardinals! I photographed one close up last year and kept it as my screensaver forever... Hope you have a fabulous 2012! XO Cindy

  8. Such a beautiful teapot and mugs! I, too, will be putting away all the Christmas decor. It's always sad to me that the season is over as Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I love relaxing by the tree, admiring it's golden lights. I found Bogie, one of our Frenchie's, gazing at it one night { fortunately, not in the I'm going to tear it up kind of way ;) }.
    Wishing you a magical and prosperous 2012, mon ami!
    xoxo, B

  9. Hi Celia
    I know the feeling of putting away those treasured Christmas dishes and things; they're enjoyed so much during their short stay.
    My collection of cardinal figurines, towels etc. I have in the kitchen are a tribute to one of my favourite birds. I have taken so many photos of the male and female and have to keep asking myself - how many pictures do I need?
    Wishing you a happy new year.

  10. We'll be saying goodbye to our beloved Christmas decorations after the Epiphany and the party we will have, but I'm anticipating that moment when we say "it's time..." We're blessed to enjoy so many seasons in our lives. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Stroll Thru Life and will be following you. I invite you to visit me and follow if you'd like. Happy new year. ~Zuni

  11. Boo Hoo..It's so sad to say good-bye to Christmas ..It seems we prepare for months and it's gone in a flash...Such a sweet teapot ...too..He'll be hard to put away...Thanks for sharing your lovely post...Enjoy your week.


  12. Hi Celia,
    What a delightful tea and yummy treats my friend. Love your mugs with the generous handle. The design is so unique. And, what a darling teapot. I love anything with a cardinal too. Thank you for sharing your heart and your lovely blog posts.
    Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with many blessings.

  13. Beautiful and elegant! Have a great 2012!

  14. Dearest Celia,

    Putting such pretty things up for another year, makes us a bit sentimental but there is a place for each season! This one has passed and we are all looking forward to what 2012 will bring us. Did you finish all the white chocolate chip cookies by now? They looked so yummy and what a sweet gift from nieces and nephew! They must have felt mighty proud doing this for you both.
    It is freezing now -5°C as I write this and the wind is mean and cold. Sure a night for staying warmly tucked under the goose down duvet...
    We're all blessed with a warm place and a good meal a day!
    Love to you and enjoy the memories of this special Christmas season for a while to come...


  15. I love cardinals so I adore your teapot! Lovely Christmas tea (Yum cookies) and if you are at all like me ... I'm being slow at putting things away. I like all the twinkling lights and holiday color! Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year!

  16. The cardinals make that teapot special! I'm inspired to get a Christmas teapot for next year. Look forward to more tea parties at your blog!

  17. It seems we just get everything out for decorating for Christmas and have to pack it all away for another year. The years fly by...

    Your teapot and cups are lovely. I especially love the sweet little cardinal.

  18. I want a Christmas teapot! I'll have to be on the look out!

  19. Hi Celia - following here now, too. You're trimming down to one blog and I added another - visit and see what 2012 holds for me and five of my friends - super dynamic women with a passion for God and home school - www.constellationacademyhsrn.blogspot.com I'm returning to my teaching roots and targeting home school families and can't wait to launch. These past years in the public system have just about zapped me completely! Gotta get my creative intelligence back on and strut my stuff again!

  20. There's something so sad about putting all of the Christmas decor away isn't there? :(
    Hope your new year is starting out perfectly! xo

  21. *sniff*
    Yes, I agree, it is sad to put it all away. Today we took down our tree, and I really didn't want to. It just looked so beautiful and magical!
    I hope this new year has started out lovely for you and that you have an amazing year.

  22. Loved dropping by and love teapots and cups....I have great pinterest boards on each...Sure love your blog

  23. Loved being invited to your tea-party; how civilized!
    I LOVE the gorgeous Christmas mugs-so beautiful.
    Happy 2012 Sweets xx

  24. Dear Celia,
    good bye, sweet mugs! But don't be sad, Celia. Next Christmas, when you discover those pretty mugs again, you will feel like receiving a new gift. In the first days of January I tuck away my Christmas china and Christmas decoration, too. And that make me ready for the new beginning of hopefully a great New Year. Wish you a marvellous 2012.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  25. I think I need to call the BFF and schedule a tea! xo

  26. Fabulous teapot and mugs. Nice to pack away and anticipate them for the next Holiday. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  27. Hello, This is lovely! I love the patterns on the mugs and the teapot is gorgeous! I am still putting away Christmas things - just packed up my Christmas teapot! So much fun - now onto lighter, more serene things! I hope you have a blessed New Year,

  28. I want some of your tea & cookies right now, however I am so fat I have got to stop eating cookies LOl really someone help me

  29. Okay, three things ~

    1. How cute is that grande bow handle on the teapot?!

    2. I read your story in the "About" section and got totally wrapped up in it ~ can't wait to learn more about how you're coping with such an unfortunate happening.

    3. Followed High Heeled Life!

    And all of that because I dropped by to say thanks for dropping by Ooh La Frou Frou ;) ... have a lovely week darling and hopefully I'll see you around my place again soon!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

  30. HI, best wishes for you and your loved ones for the new year, may all your wishes and dreams become a reality in 2012.
    Take care.

  31. A truly beautiful tea set, the teapot is so special and I adore the ornament mugs!

    Happy New Years and All the Best in 2012!

    I hope you will come to enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    Art by Karena

  32. Reluctantly, I will be putting away all my cherished decorations as well today. It does change life's tone.

    You amaze me how you manage to keep up with everyone and appreciate all the posts. Thank you for your supportive comments on our Creed! You are always so kind and generous.

    Happy New Year and blessings for you. Stacie

  33. Wow that is so cute!! I love it. So pretty :) Tea is my fav!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  34. Dearest Celia,

    What a very pretty and charming Christmas teapot and mugs! And those cookies.., yum!

    Thank you so very much for so generously and kindly gracing our blogs with your various lovely Tuesday tea party links. Thanks also for visiting our blogs time and time again and leaving sweet words of comment and encouragement with your participation for our Tuesday Tea's for our, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', as well as for my, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', weekly blog tea party.

    Pam and I are going to very much miss you as we leave blog land for quite a long while. This is due to very important personal reasons that were unforseen; (even two weeks ago).

    Dear Pam and I had a long and friendly conversation just two days ago. Upon my informing Pam that I needed to 'bow out gracefully', from blogland for the forseeable future, she requested that I also send this message of deepest gratitude and regret on her behalf also. As I bid you a fond farewell and as we both leave you and other very lovely fellow bloggers for the time being my friend.

    Have blessed New Year in 2012!

    Hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee, (and Pam; Pam is from her own, 'Breath Of Fresh Air', blog.)

  35. I adore that teapot with the cardinal! They're my favorite bird - both the male and female are beautiful! I just read your "About Me." I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't read it sooner, but, oh my goodness, what a strong, brave woman you are and an inspiration! Thank you for sharing and for the reminder that life can change on a dime. Blessings to you!
    Hugs, Cindy


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