Kindermas Tea

by TeaLady on December 3, 2010

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It has been a few years now I have intended to have a holiday tea for sale; something special for folks to enjoy while they go about their annual business whatever it might be; something we could leave for Santa that we thought was kind to his waistline and his health; something of a tradition to tittilate the tastebuds, scintillate the senses; a special smell and a gorgeous colourful potpourri of holiday spices. It was hard to get it tasting just so.

What we have come up with, me and several of my esteemed culinary accomplices (you know who you are), is something for everyone. Here, you have an herbal tea that is a huge hit with the kids, and mild for those who enjoy a light fruity herbal drink. When it steeps longer, especially if you use the whole one-pot package (which I suggest) you begin to have an intensely sweet apple cinnamon spice tea. Also, the tea magically turns pinker the longer it sits. That is probably the cranberries. This special blend can also be used in a mulling adventure with your favorite seasonal apres-ski drink. Try simmering it with apple cider, red wine, cranberry cider, or simply steeped and hot with a shot of grand marnier.

I have called this unusual gift Kindermas Tea as a play on words, and as the ultimate wish for all who receive it. Many of you already know about this, but I’ve been meaning to blog a story about why there are charged quartz crystals in each bag of Take Charge Tea. I will soon create a more detailed entry about the stones, intention, and reiki. But for now, I am going to explain the intentions behind the Kindermas Tea. First of all, the beginning of the name is “Kinder”. I want to wish everyone a kinder experience. I like to use the word kind sometimes when referring to the weather. So if it is kinder weather which will make your day, perhaps you are travelling on the road…..this is Kindermas Tea with a wish for that. I have noticed that this time of year more than any other, families get together. Even if they don’t physically, there is often tensions and issues and unresolved conflicts causing behaviour that one would never see at other times of year. For the people who suffer from this, I wish a Kinder family interaction. I also have noticed over the years that this season illicits a lot of abnormal behaviour on the streets when more change flows out of pockets into the hats of the downtrodden. The banks are collecting gifts for the children who have parents that struggle, and the community centres are busy planning parties and dinners for the lonely, the elderly, and any other group they deem deserving of some extra cheer. So most of all, this Kindermas Tea is a celebration of the kindness that seems to swell and overflow to an unusual extent at this time of year.

In true Libran fashion, I had a hard time deciding whether to name my seasonal brew a “Yuletide” tea or a “Christmas” tea. While I celebrate Yule as being *the* meaningful occasion, I do also share the secular Christmas with my friends and family and especially my children. I leaned towards calling the tea “Christmas” just because the word carries with it such lovely, special, crinkly, fancy, exquisite implications, but it has always irked me that such an important holiday was based on and explained as the birth of Christ when he wasn’t even born then. It was a manipulation by the church to indoctrinate the pagans. While I adore Christ and value his teachings and his work, I do not like to support what has been done. Yule just wasn’t the right word either. Yule has so many important connotations to me, but none of them really resonated with a sweet crinkly cellophane bag of imported spices to enhance a decadent feasting holiday.

It was my 5yr old son who gave the first approval of the final result, and more than one daycare crew unanimously approved. So aside from the importance of the “Kind” of season, the tea really does appeal to kids. In my world this holiday is most exciting and most special for kids. To me, they are the reason for the season. Thus the term “kinder“. The word “kindergarten” literally means “children’s garden” in German. So the tea can be considered children’s tea. Unless you mull it with wine, or spike it with Grand Marnier. Then you may need one for you and another for the kids. There is only one batch made and they are only available at the Xmas craft shows. See the event calendar (under “tealady” “events” ) for our schedule.

And whether or not you care to pick up and try a tangible representation of my deepest kind wishes for you this holiday season….please accept the greeting now in words.

I wish you all the Kind Greetings you can possibly imagine.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

diane perazzo November 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

What a lovely post Bonnie! I can’t wait to try the tea! xox

Sue Risk November 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hi Bonnie,

When I tried Kindermas tea last year I was amazed at the taste- it has been blended to taste exactly like the German honey spice cookies made heart shaped and usually coated with powdered sugar or chocolate. I have them nearly every Christmas, and see them as a votive traditional sweet.
The blend is so unusual- it hardly needs anything besides honey to sweeten and simply replaces the cookie with the best of its taste plus the warmth of a good hot tea.
It really is a surprise to have tried it- truly awesome! I will have it around for guests, though we only have a few.
Thanks so much for the thrill of finding uniqueness, through your extremely well made products!

Sue

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