Brew Up The Holidays!

My mom and dad left today after a delightful fall visit to our home. We had a great time celebrating Halloween and the arrival of our newest family member, Winston Lightning Bolt, the goldendoodle pup. As we sat around the breakfast table this morning, Mom said, “Well, it’s only 6 weeks or so until Christmas so we’ll see you again very soon.” Something about that sentence took my breath away. I think it was the 6 weeks part. Isn’t it overwhelming to comprehend that we’ve got the festivities of Thanksgiving in about 2 weeks and all the hubbub of the Christmas season fast approaching!
And yet, what joy comes with the holiday season! From the cheery light displays and animated deer on people’s lawns to the somewhat frenetic holiday music blaring throughout the stores, from the endless lines in stores to the emphasis on good will, generosity, and peace, from the holiday feasts of turkey and dressing and cranberries and pumpkin pie to the gingerbread, peppermint, and chocolate delights, there is an increased happiness, togetherness, awareness, and festivity wherever you turn. For me, talk of Christmas harkens a wide variety of very pleasant memories. I’m sure the same is true for you
Not too long ago, I walked into Uncle Lee and Aunt Anne’s house for a Compassion Tea meeting. I was greeted with a cup of tea crafted by our own exclusive tea blender, Chris Faherty. Called Compassion Spice, this caffeine-free tea uses a rooibos as its base and is infused with cinnamon, anise, cardamom, and cloves. The smells of the steeping tea took me back to sipping the gluhwein at the Christmas Market in the square next to Cologne Cathedral in Germany. It reminded me of visiting a certain home every Christmas and enjoying warm cups of wassail. I recalled Christmases in the variety of places we’ve lived… the beauty of the trees, the smiles of children, the abundance and joy and peace. In short, the tea smelled like Christmas! And it tasted like it, too! This year, I plan to add Compassion Spice to my line-up of holiday traditions. It will pair perfectly with pumpkin pie and gingerbread house building. It will tickle the tongues of the kids while we make and decorate Christmas cookies or hang the stockings by the fireplace. It is the perfect cup before settling down for a long winter’s nap or for warming up after a romp in the snow.
Compassion Spice tea is available in the regular offering and will be featured in the Holiday Spice Sampler and Holiday Spice Canister gift packs. It’s time to brew up the holidays… with an extra measure of compassion. It’s time for some Compassion Spice!

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