Our Christmas tea was planned for 2:30 on Thursday. Our invitations extended to The Cousins and some cousins of The Cousins. We bought some special Christmas teas: Sugarplum something-or-other, Gingerbread Spice, Candy Cane Lane and Nutcracker Sweet. I tried to set these aside so they would be new for the tea party, but with the Christmas lights and carols earlier in the week I just couldn't resist bringing out the holiday tea. Thankfully, we still had quite a bit left. I made the sugar cookies with some help from TheLittlestPrincess and then gave each child a plate of cookies to decorate. They did a beautiful job, though some, for artistic purposes, went a little overboard with the icing. :)
We brought out the new Christmas table cloth, lit the candles and set the table. Each of the children had to bring a Christmas poem to read. These were printed off of the computer and then each one was decorated. Though I made attempts to keep it sophisticated and civilized, bursts of rhythmic clapping were led by The Aunt after each poem was read. She knows how to keep it fun for the boys. God did not make a mistake giving her a 5:2 ratio of boys and me a 5:2 ratio of girls.