As an early birthday present, my mother treated me to tea at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The Jefferson is quite fancy, and the tea was both delicious and fun. I'll never forget how much our server delighted in the suggestion we made to add a Santa hat to Jefferson's statue, so that he would look a little more festive..... I'm not sure the Queen would approve of our behavior at tea (maybe the Queen should start drinking bubbly at tea, like we do?), but it certainly was a wonderful time.
|King; Angel Gabriel; Errant & Somewhat Belligerent, Naked Sheep|
|Ready for my guests!|
And finally, my last "Favorite Thing" happened on the first afternoon and evening of winter break. The day was chilly, damp, and brisk. The kids got home from school early, and everyone was in a happy mood. We built a big roaring fire, sipped hot cocoa and read Christmas books in front of the fire, all afternoon. That night, we decided to have a spontaneous movie night. All five of us piled on the couch in our pajamas, snuggling under blankets. We watched the movie "Elf," a sweet and funny film that infected us all with holiday cheer.... what a happy, cozy start to what continues to be an incredibly good winter break.
|...but the fire inside is delightful!|