One of my favorite things to do in Portland this time of year is go to the Heathman Hotel for Christmas Tea. Both of my daughters worked at the Heathman while attending college, so it's extra special to go back and enjoy the giant Christmas tree and all of the decorations, along with the fabulous food served at this event. (Sadly, I somehow forgot my camera, so the picture above was taken with my daughter's phone...but you get the idea of just how splendid the Heathman is....the photo was taken from the Mezzanine level above the enormous Christmas tree.)
Attending the Christmas Tea reminded us all of a story from our past....
When my girls were very young, (my oldest daughter was in kindergarten) I came up with the idea to host our very own Christmas Tea at our home. I would let my girls invite two little friends and their mama's, and I would invited two friends and their daughters. Eventually we moved the party to celebrate Valentine's Day, as Christmas became far to busy as my three children got older.
Oh, such fond memories! This tradition lasted until my girls got to about middle school. One day near Thanksgiving, my middle daughter matter of factly informed me the girls didn't want to do the dress-up-all-foofy-in-our-Sunday-best-and-invite-our-friends thing any more, and therefore we would not be doing Christmas Tea any longer. I was informed that it just wasn't "cool". She also informed me that my older daughter was simply to chicken to tell me, for fear of hurting my feelings, and so she stepped up to the plate to handle the situation. (Aaah, those years with two pre-teen daughters....more fond memories.)
Needless to say, I took it personally and was momentarily crushed. (I can be quite dramatic myself on occasion) The Mother Daughter Tea tradition stopped. Yesterday, as we sat having our tea and finger sandwiches, we were going down memory lane, discussing this and we all had a really good laugh. To everything there is a season, I guess!
Anyway. Back to the story...
Years passed, and then, along came the Heathman Tea. The first year I attended this event with my girls was the Christmas after my oldest daughter graduated college, if I am not mistaken. This year the Sewing Queen and our sweet friend Ella (who is 96 years young) joined us for Christmas Tea at the Heathman and we all had a wonderful time. It appears that this may become an annual tradition (at least for now anyway) that I am living here.
Do you have any Christmas season traditions like this one? Any that have come and gone and come back again? I'd love to hear all about them!!