If I had it my way, we would have a (childproof) Christmas tree up all year long and we’d live next door to the kind of people who leave a plastic Santa on the roof well into the Spring. There would be an Advent calendar for every month (which, I know, doesn’t vibe with the story of Christmas… but, um, God wants us to be happy). We’d listen to O, Holy Night every night. We would say “Happy Holidays” to strangers (and mean it). We’d always be on the hunt for the perfect gift and everything would smell like peppermint. On cinnamon. Oh, and we’d can our nasty ‘tudes (something that seems to magically happen this time of year, albeit temporarily).
More simply put: If I had it my way, it would always be December. Because, you know, this is the most wonderful time of the year.
With all the energy that goes into baking and shopping, wrapping presents and decking the halls, finding that one broken bulb and hanging up the mistletoe… this can also be an overwhelming time of year. I leave Thanksgiving dinner with grand Pinterest-fueled plans for the month of December, but by mid-month, what I really need is a nap.
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This year, all I want is a slow and quiet Christmas.
I’m dialing back the decorations (generally speaking, neither lit candles nor glitter are baby-friendly), laying low, and soaking up as much of that Christmas spirit as possible. Oh, and I’m drinking lots of tea.
Growing up, we always had an advent calendar hanging in our kitchen. It’s a tradition Nick and I have adopted — one I look forward to sharing with Grace. In the meantime, she’s happy to be crawling here, there, and everywhere with one of the Wise Men from her Little People Nativity. This year, in addition to our traditional advent calendar, I picked up one of the coveted David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea sets.
I can’t wait to open the day’s tea and share a cup with Nick and take stock of the day. I can see why this set sells out year after year (I lucked out in the Chestnut Hill store) and has become a tradition for so many families. It’s exactly the quiet and slow I’ve been craving.
While on the hunt for the set, I went on a bit of a
shopping tea spree (can we make that a thing, or at the very least, a hashtag?). I picked up a few gifts for family and friends, some loose tea for yours truly aaaaand I also bought something for one of you, too.
David’s Tea giveaway (closed)
One lovely On Tap for Today reader will receive the Healthy Collection from David’s Tea. Why? Because I like you all a lot, and want you to stay healthy and enjoy your own slow and quiet holiday season. This set includes three teas/infusions and ten filters for steeping your loose tea.
To enter, simply leave a comment below and share your favorite holiday tradition. A random winner will be chosen and notified on Saturday, December 13th. Thanks for entering! Megan B. was chosen and has been notified.
Don’t get it twisted. This is not a sponsored post.
Also On Tap for Today:
- New to the calm and serene world of tea drinking? Here’s a little Tea 101
- 21 homemade gift ideas from The Kitchn
- Stay tuned for two more giveaways this week #tistheseason #partyonwayne
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Are you having a wild or mild December?