3.22.2012

afternoon tea




I thrive on traditions. They're roots to my past and promises for what will come. Things like how we make pac men out of cranberry slices on Thanksgiving dinner, and why we always have to sing along to a certain song, and how we go up to the lake every year. Traditions from the simple to the complex, the sentimental to the silly, all still sweet because they're years of memories wrapped up in threads of the past, tied to the fabric of my life. One of those is our afternoon tea. Over the past year or so, we've been tea drinkers -- sometimes I feel as if a hot steaming cup of white chai is better than a cup of black coffee. (I know, I know...maybe it's because I've secretly wished I was British?) When the tea kettle starts whistling and the fragrant smell of chai or passionfruit fills the air, we all pull out our mugs and sip the sweet drink slowly. Perhaps I'm a bit sappy, but it's one of my favorite things in the day.

Do you have any traditions?

xo
Hannah

16 comments:

  1. most every night, after 8pm, mommy and i tune into the cosby show, and we brew some tea. i'm the teamaker in the house, and both mommy, joy and i are the tea consumers. we sit, we laugh, we relax, and we bond without having to say much of anything. it's my favorite.
    great post, hannah :))
    -jocee <3

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  2. oh yes. tazo is my favorite--i love their rest tea! so fragrant and delicious. xo.

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  3. Now I want some tea!

    Every friday afternoon my siblings and I go over to my grandparents house for piano lessons and ice cream! We laugh, watch tv, and snack! It's tons of fun and a great bonding time! :)

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  4. what a lovely tradition :)

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  5. Whenever my mum comes back from an early shift (she works as an oncology nurse at the hospital in town and her shifts can be pretty crazy!) we sit at the table and talk and drink tea. Sometimes we cry, sometimes we laugh. It's such an important ritual for me.

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  6. I don't have any small traditions coming to mind right now, but I'm sure they're there! Lovely post and pictures Hannah! :)

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  7. Yes!! I love tea. Lovely post!

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  8. Man, I wish I had some great family traditions. We only have a couple but mainly, I have my own. And one of them is having tea quite often! LOVE IT. You should try Lipton Green tea, the Orange Passionfruit and Jasmine. It sounds weird but it is amazing. Promise. Here's what the label looks like. It's the one on the far right.

    http://meredithsledge.blogspot.com/2011/10/tea-makes-heart-happy.html

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  9. I love drinking tea or having tea parties with friends...it is one of my very favorite things to do! ::smiles::

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  10. I drink tea or coffee every day. It's become quite the tradition and it feels weird whenever I skip a day. Also, I usually make iced coffee in the school cafeteria at lunchtime because the coffee in there only tastes good iced. =)

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  11. I absolutely love tea! Have you ever heard of David's Tea? Their website is www.davidstea.com (a little obvious). Their tea is the BEST!!

    I do love traditions. This post made me happy :)

    Abbie /// XOXOX

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  12. Tea is absolutely one of my favorite drinks! Tazo happens to be a favorite of mine, too--I love its fruity, tangy taste. Tea makes me feel British.

    Oh, and I love this post on little traditions!

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  13. I, as you put it, also "thrive on traditions." My family has tons of them; if we do something one year that we like, we call it a tradition (which in that case it isn't really but it's still is fun calling it that).

    Tea!!!!!! I have it almost every day. I love it!!! It's a tradition for me even if I don't have a regular tea-drinking schedule. :) But your afternoon tea sounds simply delightful. :)

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  14. How lovely! I simply adore tea, and think it perhaps the best little drink to gather loved ones together.

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  15. one of my best "mom" friends introduced me to tea and it's tradition that we always have a cup when i go over, even if i'm babysitting!

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  16. Tea time is my favorite thing in the world. It makes me stop even for just a moment and take in everything.

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