Each year, I've been so thankful to receive an invitation to the Christmas tea at the Phoenician from my good friend Terri. Because it's so popular, Terri has to make the reservations in early October.
This is the view when I first drove up the winding drive to the front entrance. The flowers were so colorful and pretty.
As I walked into the hotel, the lobby was decorated with a huge Christmas tree. The sound of the fountain is so soothing and peaceful. This place is so elegant.
Live piano music was being played and I recognized some of my favorite Christmas carols.
Terri and her cousin Janet were waiting for me when I arrived. They were already having a good time.
Take a look at the cute little sandwiches. The china tea set was so beautiful and just sets such an elegant mood to the whole affair.
We were so excited to have Wanda as our server. She's been with us for the past two years and is so efficient and kind. We were so touched when she told us that she had prayed to God just that morning that He would give her kind people to serve that day. She said He answered her prayer. And that touched our hearts.
This is the huge edible gingerbread house. The culinary staff had been in a local competition.
We stepped out on the veranda to take a few photos of the view.
The bottom of the pool is mother-of-pearl. Can you believe it? This resort was built by Charles Keating and he spared no expense.
This was the view as we were waiting for our cars.