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January is National Hot Tea Month

Updated on September 7, 2014

Did You Know . . . January is National Hot Tea Month?

Every January, we celebrate New Year's Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We also celebrate National Bath Safety Month, National Oatmeal Month, and the less known National Hot Tea Month. What?! You didn't know that it's National Hot Tea Month? Well, now that you hold this valuable information in your hands, the question is what to do with it. How should one celebrate? I have gathered some suggestions below, some serious and some not-so-serious. Enjoy!

Celebration Ideas

-Have high tea with a friend at a local tea room.

-Host a traditional tea party at your home. In the south, we simply call that "having a tea." They are usually held in the afternoon and are dressy affairs. You will want to offer (obviously) hot tea with all the accoutrements (like lemon, sugar, milk). You may offer one other type of beverage, too, along with scones, small open-faced cucumber sandwiches, fresh fruit, shrimp salad sandwiches and other typical tea foods

.-Ditch the teabags . . . If you don't already have it, get yourself a set-up for drinking strained loose tea. Visit a local tea room to find yourself a strainer and some loose tea, or find it through this page.

-Brits love tea and drink it daily. Getting into the British spirit for a day is a great way to tip your hat to hot tea! Pick a cold, rainy day when you are stuck indoors, get your teapot ready, and watch a Jane Austen movie marathon (or better yet, read some Jane Austen!). If that's not your taste, pick out a few comedies from across the pond, like "Are You Being Served?," "Keeping Up Appearances," or "Absolutely Fabulous." In the mood for a movie? Some great little British-flavored flicks are "The Holiday," "Love Actually," "Notting Hill," and "Bridget Jones' Diary." Don't forget your crumpets or scones!

Tea Strainers and Such on Amazon

Prepworks by Progressive Stainless Steel Mesh Tea Ball
Prepworks by Progressive Stainless Steel Mesh Tea Ball

This is the basic style that I have, except mine is on a stem instead of a chain. I think the mesh ball works very well.

 

Find Your Tea on Amazon - Try the only tea grown in the United States, American Classic!

American Classic tea is the only tea grown in the United States, and it is grown very near where I live. The plants were moved to Wadmalaw Island many years ago from Summerville, SC, which is the Birthplace of Sweet Tea.

American Classic Tea - 4 boxes of 48ct tea bags (192 tea bags)
American Classic Tea - 4 boxes of 48ct tea bags (192 tea bags)

This is the original. Delicious and refreshing. Can't go wrong!

 

A Quiet Cup of Tea

My first book, A Quiet Cup of Tea, is sure to entertain the tea enthusiast with quotes, poems, a short story about tea, history of tea in the United States, and beautiful illustrations. The cover of the book is shown at the top of this lens. You can find out more about it at www.perrincothranconrad.com $12.99 (paperback)

Check out my second book, too!

In addition to writing a book about tea, I also wrote a collection of short stories. It makes great reading while you enjoy your cup of tea!

What's Your Favorite Way to Drink Tea?

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      One cup water one tea bag 2.5 minutes in the microwave.

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      I love hot tea.Great lens.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @OhMe: Oh yes . . . I loved iced tea, as well. Summerville is rumored to have been the birthplace of sweet tea!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I never acquired a taste for hot tea but I loved my Iced Tea.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens. I drink tea hot, cold, and luke warm if I have to!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @Daphsam LM: That's a delicious combo!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      My favorite is drinking black tea with a little bit of sugar and milk, namely for really cold days. Otherwise, I like drinking it straight, no additional condiments.

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      Daphsam LM 5 years ago

      Earl Grey tea with milk and sugar curled up on the couch with a great book! Very interesting lens!

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      MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

      I hadn't realized this was the final comment section. I want to add--very nice lens!

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      MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

      I had always liked a variety of teas and all with milk (British family), but a year ago, I settled on Constant Comment Green Tea every morning with two packets of Sweet Leaf sweetener, sans the milk.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Green tea is my fav

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      I love a good cup of coffee in the morning, and tea in the evening. Loved this lens!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      I love hot tea in the winter when it's snowy - but I love to ice it in the summer.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I tend to like ice tea. I am beginning to tend more to the herbal teas there is a wider variety of flavors.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @favored: Thank you!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Hot or cold, I drink it every day. When I see something about tea, I have to read t. I even enjoy looking at the beautiful cups. Nice job. Thanks for including all the website addresses; I will use them. P.S. Love your pen name!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have always loved tea, when I was a toddler (a very long time ago) my family used to call me tubby tea leaves; because I used to drink everyone's tea left at the bottom of their cups.Have a look at this for a nice cup of tea,http://img2.etsystatic.com/il_fullxfull.301025242....

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @Mary Crowther: Thank you! I find there's something comforting about milk in tea.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Hot tea is my favorite with just a bit of milk! Great lens!

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      i like tea

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      eblack88 lm 5 years ago

      Makes me want to go fix a cup! Nice lens :)

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @grnidlady: I drink green tea almost every day! Great health benefits.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @momma_squidette: I got my strainer and some delicious teas from their Atlanta store. Fun place!

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      grnidlady 5 years ago

      i love tea! green tea is my favorite. great lens!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @baby-strollers: I am a fan of the mesh ball, as well! And also a coffee drinker. Probably way too much caffeine in my diet. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I do like tea and enjoyed reading this, I'll put it down as something I do this month.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @MrsPotts: You won't be disappointed. It's beautiful out there, and the factory tour is free! Make sure to see the Angel Oak nearby. It's ancient and impressive. I also have a lens on free or cheap things to do in Charleston, if you are interested.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @waldenthreenet: Right on! I am finding that self help and mutual help totally applies on Squidoo. It's a great community. Thanks for commenting!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Yep, Love Tea ! Chai, English Style mostly thought and sometimes Chinese. Congrads on your Squidoo Lense. Am going for next one. See you again soon. Self help and mutual Help. Ben Franklin.

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      MrsPotts 5 years ago

      Well, I just added another place to my list of travel destinations: the Charleston Tea Plantation. I understand from some of my tea drinking friends, their tea is terrific! Thank you for sharing the information. :-)

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      freyalou 5 years ago

      Every month is hot tea month in our household! But then, I live in the UK, where we practically mainline the stuff. In fact, I'm off to make a mug now, to take to bed with me!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      My wife likes the mesh ball quite a lot, but I'm a coffee drinker myself!

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Straight Up!

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      momma_squidette 5 years ago

      Very funny and informative! My husband got me some starter teas and supplies at Teavana just recently!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I do like to try a variety of tea. Tried mint tea once, and loved it. I kinda like Green Tea now.

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      uktvbrackets lm 5 years ago

      nothing like a nice hot brew.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I'll celebrate with hot green tea in the morning.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      I love hot and cold green tea. Nice lens!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      I love hot and cold green tea. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love your lense! I'm a big hot tea drinker...English style, cream and sugar. I love to break out the tea set.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      I love a few ice cubes added to hot tea. The mixture of hot and cold is soothing. I got a tea pitcher for blooming teas for Christmas. I may get it out this month and have a tea party.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What fun, I just happen to be enjoying a hot cup of camomile tea with a little honey right now, I guess I've been celebrating right along without knowing it.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      My favorite tea is Apricot Mango, it tastes wonderful. I also like blueberry green tea but enjoy most kinds of tea I have tried so far. Drinking tea with friends is most fun :)

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @tea lady 2: Thank you!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: Tea is always wonderful for relieving stress! One of my favorite memories of traveling in England was that of having High Tea at the Langham Hotel in London. (circa 1994)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Having spent most of my life in the UK, drinking tea is a necessity every couple of hours - isn't it? Tea is the answer to any stressful situation in the UK, with plenty of sugar! I think I'll put the kettle on :)

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      My favorite way to drink tea is to drink tea with friends! Enjoyed this lens! Congrats on being on the welcome page!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @jeremykim2011: I don't know anything about it . . . will check into that! Thanks!

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      I don't know if this counts, but have you heard of milk tea? Of course, nothing beats the old-fashioned way (drinking hot tea), but if you haven't tried milk tea, I suggest you do.

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I prefer loose tea if and when I do drink hot tea. For cold tea plain old southern sweet tea will do of a good brand and on occasion Sweet Green tea. Its funny though I don't care for hot green tea as much. Dandelion tea is delicious and healthy, but I really enjoy a good jasmine tea.