How did we get to the end of the year so fast? Well as of this post it’s a mere five days until Christmas. Now usually that would lead to feeling sad that the season is fleeting. And I would be lying if I would say otherwise. But this has also been a time where time has felt like it’s moving at a reasonable place, neither fast nor slow. It’s just been as is. And that lends itself to appreciating every moment I can, whenever possible. Now that may be easier said that one.
As we often do, we’re busier this time of year than any other And that is on top of our already busy lives. The things to do just pile up to the point where we’re on the verge of being no longer being able to handle it. But that’s the funny thing about life. It gives us just enough of what we can handle. We reach our threshold and then some. I also think that the hectic nature is just a part of Christmas. It’s inevitable. And either go big or go home, adapt or fall behind. And I just don’t mean all the shopping. There’s so much more to Christmas than shopping. But isn’t it fun to give to the people you love? I’m starting to ramble like I usually do. When it comes to the holidays I could ramble on forever. I’m a softy.
From talking to friends this year there seems to be this added pressure to get everything just right. Whether it’s meeting up with all the friends and family you see seldom, making your rounds at all the holiday parties, or just catching up on all the usual day-to-day aspects of everyday life, it can drive you bonkers. For me, at least this year, it’s been about balance. It’s about keeping it simple. And that means an added focus on spending the holidays with the people you care about the most and vice-versa. And to slow it down and make a few hours for those people at a time. That may be easier said than one but I adapted. And because of that, I’ve gotten so much more enjoyment out of the holidays.
And with that comes with one of my favorite traditions of the year. It’s a simple gift exchange with close friends that has been going on for quite a number of years now. The location has changed but the sentiment remains the same.
Gifts were handed out, snacked were nibbled on, and there were plenty of libations. But one of the most important aspects, and one of the highlights was the tea. And what tea did we have this year? This wonderful tea would be the one and only, Christmas In Paris from the underrated Stash Tea.
But this tea will be anything but underrated. This carried an intense and uplifting aroma immediately upon opening. Here is my Stash Christmas Post from two years ago.
The peppermint and cocoa shells permeated the whole house that the term Christmas Spirit took on a life of its own. I’ve been waiting to say that all season. There’s a wine hiding back there, and for more on that fun bottle click here.
And the way that tea brewed was a sight for all eyes. It’s some of the most beautiful brewing I’ve seen in some time. That color is something else.
This all made even better by present company. I imagine I would enjoy this alone but a tea like this, with the Christmas connotation is meant to be enjoyed with the ones you love. This is one that can be enjoyed all winter for sure. The chocolate and peppermint vibes well with everything December.
There were plenty of treats that paired with this tea. And this can go with anything holiday. But just as important, this is an herbal tea, so the caffeine levels are low, even with the cocoa. So this is more for soothing, calming, and relaxation.
And this is what the spiritual and peaceful part of the holidays is truly meant to be. A quaint, cozy, and harmonious environment is what most of us want. It’s what we all seek. It’s not that hard too find and can be almost anywhere. We don’t even have to look that hard for it. That’s the other fun part of the holidays, and life in general. As hectic as things are, the simple things, like good friends, good eats, Christmas movies (good and bad), and that incredible cup of tea.
I don’t need to get into the specifics of the gifts or anything like that. What’s more important is that this season has an organic energy and vibe, that only comes this time each year. I’ll miss it. I’m getting nostalgic already. But hopefully many memories to come.
This’ll be a tea and Christmas to remember.