20 Reasons to Drink Tea in May

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May is chock full of all sorts of special occasions, holidays, and dates recognizing everything from teachers to moms to veterans. As a lover of tea, I have singled out 20 lesser-known dates and shown how you, too, can squeeze even more enjoyment out of every tea leaf by toasting these occasions. Nothing too serious here, just great tea fun!

First, I want to mention some month-long observations. May seems to be national food month. It is simultaneously National Barbecue, Hamburger, Egg, Salad, and Strawberry Month. Sounds like a picnic menu! The second week of May is also Wildflower Week, so have a floral tisane and toast some wildflowers! The third week is National Police Week, so toast the brave men and women risking life and limb with your teacup and a donut dunked in it!

On to those 20 very special reasons to drink tea during this second full month of Spring.

  1. Loyalty Day — May 1st — There is probably a tea you’re loyal to, the one you turn to when you need the kind of thirst-quenching that only that particular tea can achieve. Pay homage to that tea today by hoisting a cuppa or two!
  2. Brothers and Sisters Day — May 2nd — I’m not sure this means you should fight more or fight less with your siblings. It’s probably your choice. Just don’t break the teapot!
  3. Lumpy Rug Day — May 3rd — If you snitch on the mob, this could be your day, that is, you could end up as the lump rolled up in the rug. Don’t be a lump — drink tea! You won’t have time to snitch.
  4. National Candied Orange Peel Day — May 4th — Try dropping a piece or two into a light cup of black tea just as an experiment!
  5. Beverage Day — May 6th — Do I really need to say it? Drink tea today! This ties in with the next one, which is on the same date.
  6. No Diet Day — May 6th — Don’t worry, tea is naturally low in calories (close to zero unless you add sugar, honey, milk, etc., to it). So, drink lots of it today!
  7. National Scrapbook Day — May 7th — On the first Saturday of May, we celebrate that time-honored tradition of pasting bits of our past into a big book so we can pass them to future generations who will use them as doorstops or bonfire fodder. My latest tea scrapbook entry: “And then in 1982 I had this lovely oolong. It changed my life. No more teadust in a bag for me!”
  8. No Socks Day — May 8th — We’re talking about the kind you wear on your feet, not the kind delivered with your fist — although, now that I think about it, having a day free from that kind is good, too. Gee, all this thinking about socks is making me thirsty. Time to refill the teacup.
  9. Eat What You Want Day — May 11th — That’s easy – I want scones and tea!
  10. Kite Day— May 12th — A day when you can tell someone to go fly a kite literally! Take along some tea in your favorite travel mug!
  11. Frog Jumping Day — May 13th — Go out and jump around like a frog and then have a big pitcher of chilled or iced tea.
  12. National Chocolate Chip Day — May 15th — They’re great in cookies, scones, muffins, even tea. Or just grab a handful when you need a choco fix!
  13. No Dirty Dishes Day — May 18th — Just throw a dish towel over them. Out of sight, out of mind!
  14. First Photo Sent From Space in 1990 from the Hubble space telescope — May 20th — Would you believe it was a photo of a teacup-shaped galaxy? Well, not really, but it would have been very cool!
  15. National Memo Day — May 21st — To: Self; Subject: Tea; Msg: Drink more!
  16. First Morse Code Message — May 24th — Sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, in 1844. It said: “My teacup is empty. Need refill now!”
  17. Blueberry Cheesecake Day — May 26th — Nuff said! Go put the kettle on for tea. I’ll start slicing!
  18. Masking Tape Patented in 1930 — May 27th — Anyone who’s painted a room and wanted clean, straight lines at the trim work will be very happy to make note of this date. Hubby and I certainly are, after all of the painting of rooms we have done over the years. In fact, a special tea party is in order just to say thanks!
  19. Ice Cream Freezer Patented in 1848 by William Young — May 30th — Did you know you could flavor ice cream with tea such as matcha? It’s TEA-rrific!
  20. National Macaroon Day — May 31st — These are especially nice at tea time. I love ’em with a strong cuppa Keemun with milk and sweetener. Dunk dunk!

Time for me to go celebrate a most special day: another day of being alive. Enjoy!

Pinky pointing allowed on A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill.

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