Monday, December 17, 2007

Take Tea! Take Joy!

Another festive weekend has passed with our traditional Take Tea! Take Joy! holiday tea. These photos show the sandwiches that we served at the tea. We had a Christmas tree cucumber sandwich, pumpkin cream rosette with parsley garnish on brown bread, a cinnamon, raisin, walnut finger sandwich on raisin bread, a toasted Parmesan cheese wreath, and a cranberry chicken salad on white bread. Although the weather didn't want to cooperate this weekend, we did have some intrepid tea enthusiasts that came regardless of the weather. It was a joyful time.
Take Joy!
I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much, that while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow, behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take Joy. And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
--Fra Giovanni, A.D. 1513

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