I’ve been away for a little while. This season has been a little harder to embrace than most. Eventually sadness was going to take over and just manifest itself throughout the holidays. And I love the holidays so much.
I love Thanksgiving. I love Christmas. I love all the celebrations of peace, life, love, family, and of course all the celebrations in general.
Holiday parties make me so happy. But this year I haven’t been feeling it. I’ve chosen to stay away from a few this time, or make other plans. The comforts of sitting at home with my cat, or the various pets I look after are what’s getting me through the holidays thus far.
I never wanted to be someone that just got through the holidays, but this is currently where I stand. And it hurts. It hurts in ways that I can’t even describe.
Plain and simple, this is the first holidays without my dad. And with that brings upon feeling of grief, not just about him, but about so much else going on in my life, or lack thereof. Yet with all the hurt and tragedy, there’s still so much to be grateful for, and there’s those constants that just keep me going and still bring a smile to my face. There’s much to be thankful and grateful for. There always will be… Just like…
The Spice & Tea Exchange has always been there, and I hope it continues to be there (my love for them can be found here) for me, not just to review their limited time teas, but all their magical teas, that are for sure magical, and all those other good things.
For now, I like to go when it’s quiet. This is a far cry from when I would want to be around big groups, busy shoppers, and all the noise and commotion that makes this season so exciting. Maybe later. Right now, that’s not for me.
The Annapolis location (all locations can be found here) was the ideal setting for browsing and purchase.
What is for me is peace, calm, and a lot of solitude. I find comfort in the unknown and in quiet. The unknown is the three latest teas for holidays. I’m so grateful to share with you my thoughts on the Holiday Cheer, the returning Chocolate Candy Cane Tea, and the Fireside Spice.
For more on the returning Chocolate Candy Cane go here.
With help from the trusty Cozy Cup Mitten Infuser (charming I know right), I had a ball preparing these for enjoying and sipping. Yes!
Not going in any particular order we start with the Holiday Cheer.
The trios of cinnamon, hibiscus, and fig is breathtaking. I probably didn’t do the best job of brewing this cup, hence the color that you see. But the flavors still shined through in spectacular fashion. With a name like Holiday Cheer, how can you not be enchanted?
The Chocolate Candy Cane is just as great as I remember it a year ago. Maybe even better. Black tea, chocolate, and peppermint will make anyone happy. This also tells me I must try some of their more traditional teas, such as black and other flavors that I’ve grown up with. Yes, ones I’ve shared with my dad. I felt this one a little more this time.
If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Fireside Spice, and it might just be the cinnamon and chicory combination that made feel a little more sentimental for the time I’m in, for the the time we’re in, and where time tends to stop, and I felt like a kid for a moment.
But I know I’m not. These teas take on a whole new meaning to me then if this were a year ago, or many years ago. This is life though and we’re all going to experience a lot of things, some that will hurt, but hopefully many that bring us joy and raise our spirits.
I love these teas and I love The Spice & Tea Exchange. Thank you for making my holiday feel a little more manageable.
Peace Be With You.