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Sit back and relax with a Christmas tea party to relieve the stress of pre-Christmas shopping,
enjoy a cozy Christmas tea with friends while you wrap presents, set out a lovely Christmas Day
tea, hostess a tea during the 12 days of Christmas or have a twelfth night celebration. The
Christmas Season is full of opportunities to hostess a tea for all your dear ones, so, presented
here are some ideas for you to consider.

When should you start thinking of a time and place to hostess your tea party?

If you want to plan a formal high tea, you need to send out invitations 3 weeks in advance, a cozy
casual afternoon tea can be planned a week ahead, and a spur of the moment tea is of course
'spur of the moment', you can invite your friends either the day of or the day before.

Pre-Christmas Shopping

After a long day of shopping, it will be good to know you have a rejuvenating tea prepared to come
home to. If you think ahead, you can have sandwich fillings prepared ahead of time, a tea tray laid
out with your teapot and other accoutrements ready, so you can quickly and easily prepare
yourself a nice tea. If you are going shopping with friends, they might also enjoy joining you. This
is a nice opportunity for a spur of the moment tea with your friends or a comfortable and relaxing
tea for one.

Cozy Christmas Tea With Friends

Invite your friends over to enjoy a peaceful afternoon tea to rejuvenate or make it a wrapping party
to tackle a bunch of the gifts you bought on your shopping trip. A Saturday afternoon or a weekday
evening is an ideal time to plan this.

Christmas Day Tea

Preparing a late Christmas dinner makes it so everyone just munches on basically whatever is
available all day. Make up a couple different sandwich spreads, a veggie tray and a nice hot pot of
tea. This gives everyone the option to have something healthier and more satisfying than trying to
fill up on Christmas stocking goodies.

It also is a wonderful opportunity to use your Christmas tea set that is usually packed away. Bring
it out when you get your decorations out so you have it on hand and ready to use.

If you plan on serving an early dinner, everyone is usually too full to sit down for another full meal
in the evening. So, make up some of the ham and turkey into little sandwiches, a cheese and
cracker tray and a fruit platter or veggie tray and a nice hot pot of tea, and let everyone help
themselves to whatever they would like.

Twelve Days of Christmas or Twelfth Night Celebration

The twelve days of Christmas begin with Christmas and ends on the Feast of the Epiphany,
January 6th. In the liturgical sense this begins at sundown on Christmas Eve to the eve of the
Epiphany (Jan5th). Especially in England, this is where the Twelfth Night celebrations come in,
which happens on January 5th, the eve of the Epiphany.

Sheila is the webmaster for

Over the years, she became frustrated in the effort to find all the information on how to hostess a
proper tea party in one spot, so she decided to compile as much a she can into one convenient
site. Visit her at Tea Party Guide for information on etiquette, starting a book club tea party, tea
party menus and sign up for the Tea Party Guide Gazette.

(c) Copyright- Sheila Kosmicki - All rights reserved worldwide

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