Christmas Tea

It’s time to set the table

Of all my finest wares

The china cups, the pot by Spode

For Christmas Tea is near.

I’ll bake traditional cookies

Icing each one with such care

Flecks of sugar fall like snow

For Christmas Tea is near.

The candles burning brightly

Sounds of Silver Bells, I hear

Twinkling lights fill the room

For Christmas tea is near

The invitations went to many,

Hopefully none left out, I fear

There are ladies from around the world

To know Christmas tea is near

We meet each day to share our thoughts

Throughout the blogosphere

We’ll wear our finest winter clothes

When Christmas tea is here.

                                                                                                   -Pam Lutrell, (2010)

 


My invitation is to illustrate a point…the joys and frustrations of blogging.


Blogging has become a continuing conversation that I have with friends every day. Some are there faithful to return as Christmas itself and some are new, happy to stop by for an introduction. But just as all women go to the restroom in pairs, blogging is an activity where you are rarely alone.


The frustration, however, is that this is a faceless meeting. Oh, I know I see their faces every day on their own blogs, but it is faceless in the sense that I cannot see how they react to something I say or how they are really feeling that day, that moment. Frustration comes so often when I long for a conversation to go further and hunger to ask questions and know more. These are friendships with an impenetrable wall.


I tell young journalists a great reporter will not ask questions through email…but will insist that an interview be face to face, because often it is the face and not the words that tell the real story.


So, ladies, dear friends, know this day that I long to host a virtual tea party and you all are invited. We will sit and sip on English Breakfast Tea and eat Christmas cakes and talk and talk and talk without the constraints of a message box wall.


Just for fun….what would you wear to tea?

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