Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Teas

I purchased a Christmas teapot when I was in Holly, MI recently.

The Christmas teas I've been enjoying are:  Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea [Decaffeinated], Merry Berry Ceylon black tea by Vintage Teas; Harney & Sons Holiday Tea [black tea with fruit and spices], and Downton Abbey Christmas Tea [black tea with mulling spices].

My Christmas teacup is by Royal Albert.

The countdown is on 'til Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dickens Festival in Holly, MI

I've visited the quaint village of Holly, MI on several occasions and have blogged about it, but I've never been there for the Dickens festival until last Saturday, Dec. 13.

I made 2:00 p.m. reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Holly Hotel, and my girlfriend and I were on the road shortly after 10:00 a.m.   It was an unseasonably mild day, which was nice since festival activities were outside.  The village was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Holly has a lot of history and Michigan Historic Sites.

There are three antique malls in Holly, and we shopped in two of them last Saturday.  The antique mall pictured below is in Battle Alley - a Michigan Historic Site.

There was outdoor entertainment throughout the day.  Below is a Brownie Troop, and the little girl in the blue coat and black hat was adorable.

~ Village Reenactors ~

~ Puppet Show ~

~ Ready for tea at 2:00 ~

We were given the lunch menu instead of the Afternoon Tea menu.

Lori and I chose Twinings Mixed Berry Black Tea.  The server brought a delicious herb bread and whipped butter as a starter.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, and a Petite Filet of Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables.

Dessert was a Chocolate Yule Log.  The photo on the right is the hotel lobby.

We were seated in the main dining room, which was very busy because of the Dickens Festival.

~ My girlfriend, Lori [R], and Me [L] ~

What a fun Christmassy Saturday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Tea at Greenmead Historical Park

Last Thursday afternoon [Dec. 11th] I attended a Christmas Tea at Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia, MI.  

My first visit to Greenmead was in July 2013 for the celebration of Henry Ford's 150th birthday. You can read that post here.

~ The tea was held in the Alexander Blue House ~

~ A sell-out crowd ~

~ The room was beautifully decorated for Christmas ~

~ Festive table assigned to my friends and me ~

~ Dulcimer music ~ 

~ My tea friends ~

[L-R] Jennifer, Judy, Barbara, Linda, Me [standing]

~ Menu ~

~ Sandwiches ~

~ Bite-size Scones ~

~ Desserts ~

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Downton Abbey Season V Preview Screening

Sunday was a busy day, but very fun.  After the children's Christmas program we went back to Jeremy & Samantha's house for a few hours, then we were off to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, to watch Downton Abbey's Season V, Episode 1 preview screening, sponsored by PBS.    

There was a lengthy line - or should I say queue - of excited fans on E. Liberty Street waiting to get in at 7:00 p.m.  Parking was horrendous.  We drove to the 8th deck of the parking structure before we found a space, and then discovered the elevator wasn't working!

Below is a daytime Internet photo of the theater.  Built in 1928, it seats 1700, and I think every seat was taken for the preview screening.  The theater is listed in the U.S. Register of Historic Places [2009]. 

Beautiful lobby decorated for Christmas.

Only one other time have I seen a movie theater with tea at their concession area. Impressive!

There were many men were in attendance.  Maybe they were good sports like my hubby who accompanied me, even though he had never watched a single episode prior to the preview screening.

The organ pictured below is an original 1927 Barton theatre pipe organ.

Several movie-goers came dressed in period costume.  The lovely lady below was seated in our row, and allowed me to take her picture for my blog.

Tickets were free.  You can't beat that!

The Downton Abbey cast was on the large screen until the preview began. There'll be no spoilers here except to say that Maggie Smith is still as good as ever!  She got several rousing laughs from the audience.  Tune in on Jan. 4th and take it from me, it'll be worth the wait!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The "Grands" Christmas Program

Yesterday my hubby and I drove to Chelsea, MI to attend our three youngest grandchildren's Christmas program at church.   Children make the Christmas season beautiful!

Grandson, Landon [L], going up on stage to ring his bell with the children's bell choir.

Landon [far left].

 Ellie [age 2 1/2] with her blue bell.

The older children's performance.

~ Isabella [R] ~

~ Isabella ~

~ After the Program - Ellie, Isabella and Landon ~

~ Jeremy, Samantha, Ellie, Isabella and Landon ~