Holiday books serve as instant decoration in the tea room at this time of year. On the shelves you might find the classic and sentimental A Cup of Christmas Tea
by Tom Hegg. Actually, if you look closely, you'll find several copies in different form, including a small ornament on the tea tree. Nestled beside this book is the Festive Cakes of Christmas
. Published in 1981, it is a treasury of old traditions, recipes, and lore of the Christmas season. Beginning with Advent, and including St. Lucia's Day (Dec. 13, Sweden), Christmas, Boxing Day (Dec. 26, England) and more, it ends with Candlemas (Feb. 2). Such recipes as Amish Date-Nut Cake, Moravian Sugar Cake, Sachertore, Julekage, Dundee Cake, Buche de Noel and more are included in this informative book. It's a world full of lovely traditions, and many are shared in this book.
A Cozy Christmas Tea
by Sandy Lynam Clough is on display in the hallway, alongside the second copy of A Cup of Christmas Tea
. This book was published in 1998 and is full of the beautiful artwork for which Sandy Lynam Clough is known. Lovely quotes and some teatime recipes are sprinkled throughout this book and the reader is encouraged to share a warm cup of Christmas cheer with dear friends.
And tucked on display with the Santa collection is a pop-up copy of The Night Before Christmas
Somehow not only for Christmas but all the long year through,
The joy that you give others is the joy that comes back to you.
~John Greenleaf Whittier~