A few months ago I read a post by Mrs. Rabe over at Creekside Cottage about a Thanksgiving Tea she was helping host. She also posted pictures of the previous year’s Christmas Tea which caused me to consider hosting a Christmas Tea for the “girls” (Jr. High age on up) in my church. Discussion with a few friends and my husband (the pastor) led to plans being made and a date being set.
I prayed and thought about the kind of atmosphere needed for the evening and the phrase “peace on earth” kept coming to mind. For many the Christmas season can be extremely stressful, and my desire was to create an evening to “get-away” and relax with friends and family! We strung pretty white lights wrapped in white tulle, prepared delectable treats, and planned an evening of fellowship and fun. Various women were asked to decorate and set one table each and to be the hostess at their table.
Upon entering the inviting, glowing room, the ladies were asked to choose a hat and a boa to wear for the evening. They were like little girls having a “Tea Party”, and it was heart-warming to hear their contagious giggles erupt as they tried on their hats and boas!
The evening was laced with Christmas Carols, conversation and dreamy desserts. Somewhere near the middle of the evening, I asked the ladies to stand up and move to the perimeter of the room. I explained that the music would tell them what to do next. Yes, we all did the Hokey Pokey!
After the final dessert and Christmas carol, I read the Christmas story, prayed the joy we had experienced together would remain with us and asked that the peace Jesus gave us would guard our hearts and our minds throughout the remainder of this Christmas season.
It was a delightfully pleasant evening together, and many of the “girls” commented they hoped we could do it again next year. As a result of their accolades I have found myself greatly treasuring this year’s time together, and beginning to ponder and dream about our special Christmas Tea for 2010! I love Christmas — and I love spending time with my friends! I am grateful we can celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus, and even more grateful He died on the cross for us and made a way for us to have fellowship with Him and with our friends!