|2013 Oriental Beauty - Tradition|
Using heating in winter or A/C in summer is a way to protect us from extreme temperatures, but it also disconnects us a from nature's change of seasons. This broadens the scope of teas we can feel like drinking, but it also takes away the power of tea to provide us with a natural way to warm up in winter or cool down in summer.
For instance, the modern depiction of Santa Claus with a white beard in red and white can be traced to Thomas Nast. This American cartoonist was born and raised in Landau (Palatinate, Germany) where he found his inspiration from the "Pelznickel"! So, thanks to this export of Central European culture, the Christmas celebration is also a celebration of my Germanic roots and, fittingly, a time when I think of my family back there.
Oriental Beauty! On the left, the printed Santa Claus come from Alsace. On the right, the Christmas tree quilt is a creation of my mother.
personalizing my tea experience to make it more meaningful. I wish you a wonderful Christmas season!