Annual teatime steeped in tradition

Historical Society’s Silver Tea to focus on Christmas in Bethlehem

— Each year, the schoolhouse is elaborately decorated to the year’s theme. Brown said a lot of copper is being used this year to instill the feeling of Christmas as a farming community, and a lot of the decorations feature animal cut outs, fruits and nuts.

Vandervort said the thought this year was to go for a more natural and simplistic look, while still making sure the decorations are up to the standards set by past silver tea celebrations. There will also be scented trees, snowmen and some traditional religious decorations like an old crèche, or nativity scene.

“We’ve basically made it a social event for the whole township to kick off the Christmas season,” said Brown. “Come and meet your neighbors, have some delicious goodies and look at the old ways.”

This year there will be two chances to take part in the tea. They will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, and Monday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Historical Society’s Cedar Hill Schoolhouse at 1003 River Road in Selkirk.

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