Monday, November 30, 2015

Getting Ready for Christmas

I don't have our large Christmas tree up yet, but over the weekend I unpacked my mother's ivory and gold ceramic Christmas tree, and set it in the living room so she'd have a presence during the holidays.  The tree is at least forty years old, but she cared for it lovingly.  I just discovered this year that there's a music box in the base that plays Silent Night.  

Next to the ceramic tree I decided to display my Royal Albert Old Country Roses 3-piece tea set in the 'Basket weave' pattern.  It's not really a Christmas set, but I always associate it with Christmas since that's when I received it, and the bows make it look Christmassy.

It occurred to me, I've never done any posts featuring my Christmas teapots, so tomorrow I'll begin a series on them.  

There used to be a Royal Albert outlet a little over an hour's drive from where I live.  On one visit I bought their Old Country Roses 'Ruby Celebration' teapot and luncheon plates.  I associate it with Christmas too since ribbons run through the roses like a garland. Sadly, the outlet closed, and there are none in Michigan or any nearby states.

Today I'm joining Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home


  1. Love your Royal Albert sets! And I look forward to seeing your Christmas teapots. I have three, which I unpacked over the weekend. I so enjoy getting my Christmas things out. Have a wonderful week.

  2. Your mother's ivory tree is charming, and I never knew these trees could be musical! An aunt of mine had a green one, and I always think of her when I see those trees. Oh, and I think of that basketweave OCR set as a Christmas set, too, because I gave that to my mom one year for Christmas. Only after reading this post did I realize it's not exclusively a Christmas set!

  3. My Royal Albert outlet closed here too. I am thankful I was able to purchase many cups and several tea pots while it was open. I always got amazing deals there!

    Sweet to have your mother's tree.


  4. Before I say anything else, I LOVE your blue toile wallpaper! I am absolutely over the moon in love with anything toile. Your mother's tree is beautiful! Having a music box in it makes it even more special. My son made a ceramic Christmas tree when he was twelve. I really should share it one of these days. I Love OCR and you have some lovely pieces. Delightful post, Phyllis, and thank you for sharing it with us. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas teapots! Enjoy your day.


  5. I loved that you have your dear mom's ceramic tree and have her presence in your home, Phyllis. Your RA tea set looks like Christmas to me, with the pretty ribbon running around it. Happy Tea Day to you!

  6. This is the first time that I've ever seen the OCR basket weave pattern and I would have thought it was a Christmas set too. That's a too bad that the RA outlet closed down near you. A Royal Doulton outlet opened up near my parents' place so my mom picked up some RA and Wedgewood tea-related ornaments for me.


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