Are You Ready for the Holiday Tea Time Season?

Every year it seems as if that holiday season sneaks up on us, with each year getting faster and sneakier. By the time you’ve outfitted the kids for another school year, picked the perfect pumpkin to carve, and calculated the poundage of turkey needed to feed the number of relatives who’ll be gathered at your …

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Tea and the Holiday Shopping List

Tea helps save your sanity while shopping — whether in actual physical stores or online — for whatever gifts are on your list. Scarf for your cousin Mike. Latest Taylor Swift CD for your sister Cassie (she’s off to college now, so Mom and Dad won’t have to listen to it). Cheese-and-crackers-and-beef-sausage gift pack for …

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Tea Moment — the Visiting Relatives

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, those visiting relatives can certainly make for some interesting tea moments. Or make you slip away to a quiet corner to have a private, nerve-calming tea moment. Either way, choose the right tea and possibly the perfect munchie, and your tea moment will be divine! In my younger …

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Prepping for the Holidays — Cakes and Puddings

As mentioned in my article Prepping for the Holidays — McVitie’s Madness, we’re heading into a time of year that can be downright frantic. Avoid the rush by a bit of advance prep-work. You can also resort to something store-bought versus homemade when it comes to such traditional treats as holiday cakes and puddings. From …

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How to Cure “Holiday Withdrawal” with Tea

Suffering from “holiday withdrawal” now that Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are behind you? Cheer up and cure those withdrawal symptoms with tea! This endeavor should not be as laborious as it may sound at first. No need to trudge hither and yon and brave throngs of shoppers wielding pepper spray or grabbing …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Pumpkin Spice Black Tea

Name: Pumpkin Spice Black Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: It's that time of year again: Coffee houses and ice cream retailers are trotting out calorie laden "pumpkin spice" lattes, milkshakes and ice creams, and who can blame them? The flavor of pumpkin meshed with allspice, cinnamon and other …

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The Warmth of the Holidays

Part of what makes the holidays so merry and bright is that so many people are looking forward to getting together with friends and loved ones, both near and far. Dinner parties, annual traditions, and holiday festivities are par for the course this month. At this time of year, a thoughtful gift is also part …

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Infuse Your Holidays with Inner Peace

Combating the stress of the holidays? There’s nothing like a nice warm cup of tea to help you regain your focus and clarity. And while all teas and herbs, in their warmth, in the ritual, in their own way, have the ability to offer you soothing comfort, there are some that do this better than …

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Tea Moments — The Carolers

A chill is in the air, the calendar is marching forward to that magic date, and the carolers will soon be out. When they show up at your door, grab your mug of tea and sip it while you listen. It will be a warm tea moment. Christmas carols have a long history. One theory …

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Tis the Season for Sparkly Teawares

Attention, tea lovers: Not all of the holiday sparkle is on your Christmas tree or in those department store display windows. Some of it is right in your kitchen cupboard or dining room cabinet or wherever you keep your sparkly teawares. What kind of teawares will give you that sparkle? White ones, for a start. …

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