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January is National Hot Tea Month
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!
-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!
- Charleston Tea Plantation
Travel to Charleston, SC to visit the only tea plantation in the United States!!
- Tea for days of the week
Follow these suggestions from the Bigelow Tea Blog for which days and times are perfect for certain types of teas! Monday morning does indeed seem like it needs a kick of black tea!!
- 31 Ways
Check out this wonderful list of 31 ways to celebrate! There is even an online class on tea!
Tea Strainers and Such on Amazon
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.
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)
Books about Tea - How to Serve It Properly!
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!