Friday, December 7, 2018

Between tea, fire and chatting

Vivaldi’s winter notes smooth the ambiance and strike the sensible chords 
of two human beings joining on a festively cozy kind of evening. 
Hot tea, the fire lit, Christmas baubles shining and the souls feel appeased 
and open up, beautifully shaping an otherwise mundane moment. A gentle 
soothing afternoon like their freshly brewed cup of tea. Not only chatting away
 but speaking from the heart, laughing loudly, sharing emotions… Nice and 
comfortable by the crackle of the fire.
My friend and I talked about sweet and sour, about how Christmas used
 to be celebrated once upon a time, about how we can go back to our roots
 and simplify our pace of life. Looking at our tree, I asked her how magical 
it would be if I had kept my mother’s decade- old Christmas ornaments. 
It would bring back happy and precious memories about the thoughts 
and love that went into them-recycling family tales through old cherished
 items. She mentioned how difficult it seems nowadays to resist consumerism,
 be moderate but also open to newness.
This was certainly my kind of evening where someone comes to meet that
 old feeling of nonchalance, this childish enthusiasm and simplicity, the purity
 so much needed in human relationships. I’m all the time urging to keep the
 authenticity of old ages inside me and coming across people who have
 the same sense of things, who conceive the world my way, 
makes me absurdly happy.

I wish you all similarly meaningful Christmas teatimes and not only. 


  1. Your pictures always warm my heart, Olympia. And you got your tree already and decorated it beautifully! I know what you're saying cause I just had a chat with my best friend about our mothers and traditions, and they will linger on through the years. Where do I start with your pictures? I love that first ornament. It looks like a treasured one. Your mirror and mantel are so festive with the lights and bits of Red. Your home looks welcoming and cozy. I am wondering if those are Russian tea cookies. Jess makes them every year, and one of my favorites. Your buffet is gorgeous, and the candles add a special touch. I will always love the dark traditional furniture. That is such a unique chandelier, so pretty. And your Christmas tree made my heart sing. I can't wait to get ours tomorrow. I must come back here before Christmas and see your post again. It truly was charming, Olympia, with many creative ideas. May you be filled with peace and joy this Christmas season.

    love, ~Sheri

    1. Dear Sheri, I'm very touched by your comments that are always so personal and filled with warm sentiment. I do appreciate this. The cookies you asked me about are our traditional Greek Christmas pastries, called kourabiethes and are powdered sugar shortbread cookies. They indeed seem similar to the Russian ones.
      I wish you a bright and merry Christmas with health and joy.

  2. Beautiful tree! Your dog is brand new lovely. Beautiful photos and words. The writing on the mirror is powerful, gives joy throughout.

    1. Thank you so much. I'm sending you my best wishes for the holiday season.

  3. Lately I find myself often harking back to those far off innocent days of childhood when life was so much simpler and relationships between one another different.
    That cosy warm atmosphere of yesteryear and its ambience were rekindled whilst looking at the lovely images of your beautiful home.

    1. I'm glad we are on the same wavelength about the simplicity of the past versus the complexity of our time. I would like to thank you for your kind words and to wish you a wonderful Christmas time.

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  5. It was so lovely to see and read this post from you Olympia.
    I've just read Rosemary's comment above and really do agree with everything she says …

    Have a wonderful Christmastime, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

  6. Dear Olympia . Such wonderful and warm photos showing your love for family life and 'hygge' . I always feel very much at home 'chez toi ' as your style is similar to mine ( smile ) , and I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas time and all the best in the New Year. Warm hugs.

    1. The same to you dearest Jane. Health and happiness for the new year!

  7. There's a wonderful illustrated book called A Cup of Christmas Tea, about stopping all the rush and taking time to have a cup of tea. Your post reminds me so much of that book!! Merry Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!!

    1. Merry Christmas dear Jackie and Joel. Are you celebrating in Greece?

  8. Your home looks so warm and inviting, dear Olympia. I would have loved to join you for a cup of hot tea. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day.

  9. Belated Christmas wishes to you, your home is always a welconming retreat whatever the season. Does the Westie belong to your friend, it looks so like Tavi. Sarah x

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  11. Just stopping by to wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2019.

    All the best Jan

  12. Such a beautiful festive post Olympia!
    Wishing you a happy and peaceful 2019,
    Susan x

  13. Wonderful pictures dear Olympia. Have a happy new year. Greetings.

  14. Happy New Year to you! I wish you good health and happiness.

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