Tea Party Animal???? Fresh Cup Magazine reviewed my book, Tea with a Twist for their December issue and gave me the title of "Tea Party Animal" which I thought was very amusing! I never thought of myself in quite that way, but after some reflection, they could be right! When you think about tea most of the day, conjure up recipes that tea would taste good in, write about tea, speak about tea, teach others about tea, pair tea with foods, and try to get everyone you know to drink tea, tea party animal could describe me.
Well how does a "tea party animal" celebrate Christmas? She celebrates with a tea party, naturally. My husband Joe and my two kids, Zach and Kate, have had an annual Christmas tradition for ten years. We go have tea somewhere and take time for just us during this crazy time of year. My son is now in college and my daughter is finishing middle school and they still love our Christmas teas. It is a time for us to slow down and think about the real meaning of this season and all our blessings.
Yesterday was our day for our annual Christmas tea! It was a great time to reflect on the past year and how far we have come as a family and giggle about the crazy things we have all done. I love that it is just "us". One of my passions is for people to know that drinking tea isn't just for afternoons, ladies, grandmas, and children-its for everyone, anytime of the day!
I hope this may be an inspiration for you and your family to start the tradition of an annual Christmas tea. It doesn't have to be elaborate. If the budget is tight, just sitting down as a family while you sip some tea and eat scones or some baked goodies is perfect. It is not about the tea or the food, but the time you spend together and the memories you create! That is one of the reasons I love tea so much.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Lisa Boalt Richardson is the author of the award-winning Tea with a Twist, Entertaining and Cooking with Tea and The World in Your Teacup: Celebrating Tea Traditions Near and Far. She is now working on her third tea book due out by Spring 2014 with Chronicle Books. She travels the country speaking at conferences and special events focusing on her culinary arts and specialty tea expertise. As one of the first 15 in the world to graduate from the Specialty Tea Institute in 2008, Lisa holds the title of “Certified Tea Specialist”. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two children.