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2009 Tea Escapade's Tea Custom Contest WinnerDuring the month of December, Tea Escapade ran the 2009 Tea Custom Contest.  After reviewing many contest entries, it was exciting to select a winner.  Contestants were required to share their tea custom in 350 words or less.

The custom may range from simple (using the same special teacup or mug) to complex, however it must include the following criteria:

1. Tea is shared with at least one other person;

2. The custom occurs regularly i.e. every Christmas, once a month, on birthdays, etc.

3. The custom is special to those who participate.

Tim Morra submitted the annual tea custom shared with his girlfriend.  It was thrilling to read and select their tea custom as the winning entry for the 2009 Tea Custom Contest.  As the contest winner, Tim received a Mighty Leaf Tea – Tea Top Brew Mug and an assortment of Mighty Leaf teas! Hopefully Tim both enjoys his prize and shares it with his girlfriend!

Below is Tim’s tea custom:

“While my girlfriend and I have copious quantities of green tea every day with dinner, it has become a tradition over our 4 years together that we perform a special ceremony at Thanksgiving.  Before the bird is finished and the wine is opened, we each dim the lights, light up a ginger-scented incense candle, and sit across from each other, silently for a minute of two.  Two beautiful designed ceramic tea cups and a teapot brimming with Japanese Sencha sits between us and we each close our eyes and pray to ourselves. After this initial meditation, we open our eyes, pour a cup and hand it to each other.  We decide who begins and it usually her.

She smiles and speaks of something about which she is thankful.  She then brings her cup to my lips and tips it slightly so that I may have a sip. It is then my turn and I speak of something about which I am thankful, and I tip my cup to her lips.

Typically, we talk about things outside ourselves that we are happy and thankful about, and also mention things we adore about one another.  All this continues until the teapot runs down. She and I then sit together for a final minute of silence, staring into one another’s eyes.  Then, the turkey and pumpkin pie await!”

I hope you enjoyed reading Tim’s Tea Custom. Make 2010 your year to create and practice a tea custom of your own.  Maybe you will be the winner of the 2010 Tea Escapade – Tea Custom Contest.

Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Everyone knows that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Even more importantly, it is the retail shopping event of the year  and the kick-off for holiday shopping. But have you ever heard of Cyber Monday?  For you techy types, you are probably well aware of the term Cyber Monday. However, for those of you who are still in the dark…

Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of e-commerce. It is the Monday following Thanksgiving and represents the kick-off of Internet holiday shopping. So if you missed Black Friday… No problem! Pull out your computer and begin e-tailing!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have compiled a list of fantastic tea companies, who in the spirit of holiday shopping are offering some awesome deals.  Find great gift-giving ideas for your friends, family and co-workers. Don’t forget to add a little something special in the shopping cart for yourself.

Let the shopping begin!

Company Name: Golden Moon Tea
Sales Event: Visit Golden Moon Tea and get 10% off all orders from November 27th – December 25th.
Promo Code: ESCAPADE (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.GoldenMoontea.com
Company Name: Kamelia Luxe
Sales Event: Get 15% discount on all black teas, which includes the whole StripTeas flagship line! Promotion runs November 26th – December 4th.
Promo Code: blackfriday
Company URL: http://www.originalstripteas.com
Company Name: thepuriTea
Sales Event: Now until 12/1, we’re offering 10% off on all orders and Free Shipping on order of $50 or more. Just in time for the holidays, thepuriTea Gift Box is now available. Choose from 6 different sets, designed for all kinds of Tea Lovers!
Promo Code: CYBMON09
Company URL: http://www.thepuritea.com
Company Name: Red Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% OFF all teas from November 26th – December 1st.
Promo Code: thanksgiving (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.redleaftea.com
Company Name: Teas Etc
Sales Event: Beginning November 26th – November 29th  11:59PM EST Teas Etc is taking 20% of everything with FREE shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Promo Code: GIFT2009
Company URL: http://www.TeasEtc.com
Company Name: Tea Forte
Sales Event: *  Purchase our Tea-Over-Ice Brewing Pitcher and one box of Twelve-Over-Ice Iced teas for $39 from November 27th – December 1st.
Promo Code: Iced39 (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Six Free Exotics Duos with $100 purchase, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREEDUOS (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Free Solstice Cup & Saucer with purchase of Winter Solstice Gift Set, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREECUP (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.teaforte.com/
Company Name: Teavana
Sales Event: Shop Teavana’s Holiday Gift Center for Gifts with Meaning. Starting Thursday, 11/26 through Monday 11/30, receive a 2oz bag of Rooibos Rose Garden tea with any order at Teavana.com! As always, you can get Free Shipping on all Teavana orders over $50.
Promo Code: No coupon code is required
Company URL: http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Gift-Center/Gifts-with-Meaning/
Company Name: The Simple Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% off your order (before shipping and tax). Limit 1 per person now through midnight November 30th.
Promo Code: simple2009
Company URL: http://www.thesimpleleaf.com
Company Name: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co
Sales Event: All loose teas (14 new exclusively loose teas) 15% off from November 26th through December 1st.
Promo Code: THANKS09 (at check out)
Company URL: http://www.twoleavesandabud.com
Company Name: White Lion Tea
Sales Event: * Shop White Lion Tea for $1 shipping on all orders, any product, no minimum purchase from November 26th – 29th.
*  Receive a complimentary Winter Tea Sampler Gift Box with all orders of $150 or more from November 26th – December 18th.
Promo Code: No special codes or coupons necessary for either promo.
Company URL: http://www.whiteliontea.com
Company Name: Yogic Chai
Sales Event: Annual sales event, enjoy 40% off your entire purchase on November 26th.
Promo Code: Must visit website and sign up for Yogic Chai Newsletter
Company URL: http://www.yogicchai.com

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We shouldn’t have to wait until Thanksgiving day to appreciate our friends and family. However, now that the day is upon us, please take time to enjoy one another. Relinquish your stress, lay down your problems and spend the day remembering your blessings. I know I am thankful for the roof over our heads, the clothes we wear every day, the fact that we have plenty to eat and drink. I am thankful that we are healthy emotionally, physically, and mentally. I am thankful that both my husband and I are employed. I continually count myself blessed to be surrounded by family today.

As you prepare for Black Friday, I encourage you to spend wisely. In years passed I used to shop until I dropped; but I am older and wiser now. I have found greater enjoyment giving to those in need. This year, I challenge you to take the opportunity to find and bless those less fortunate than yourself.

Here are a few specials that will enable you to share your love of tea, be a blessing to others, and spare your pocketbook!

Yogic Chai

On Black Friday check out Yogic Chai where you can purchase any of their tea blends for 40% off! Visit their website at http://www.yogicchai.com for the 40% discount coupon code to be used only on Friday. This will be their last Yogic Chai Maha (huge in Sanskrit) Sale offer for the rest of the year.

Rishi Teas

Rishi’s One Day Web Sales are back! Check out their website daily, Black Friday included, to discover the daily special.

The most recent special… Ancient Emerald Lily (Organic, Fair Trade tea) 1/4 lb  on sale for $18 regularly $30 (also available in 1oz, 1/2 lb and 1lb). One Day Sale items will be updated daily until the New Year! 

Culinary Teas

Save 10% on any purchase by using the special Coupon Code: T4Y3KJ. Don’t delay, the sale ends on December 1, 2008.

Zhi Teas

One sample that you place in your shopping cart will be free with every order. You will be charged $3.50 for any additional samples placed in your cart with the same order.  Remember, there are no special conditions, just remember to choose a sample from the pull-down menu while you are shopping.

Dragonwater

Get $5 off orders of $25 or more. Discount appears in your shopping cart. Additionally, you save 20% on everything in the store, including sale items. 

The Simple Leaf

Want to update your old teapot? Need last minute gift ideas? Or do you just want to stock up on your favorite loose teas? From now until Sunday, you can get 33.3% off your entire order. And remember, shipping is always free for orders over $75. To redeem your coupon, enter code thanksgiving when you checkout. Limit one coupon per customer.

This promotion not only makes Black Friday fun, but does not end until Sunday, November 30 at midnight.

TeaGschwendner

TeaGschwendner is having their “Biggest Sale of the Year” with 20% off everything online. Enter promotion code BIGSALE at checkout. Another sale that begins on Black Friday, but extends until December 5, 2008. TeaGschwendner offers free shipping on orders over $35.
Hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and take advantage of these Black Friday Specials. Don’t forget to return and share some of the great deals you received! Until then… Happy Tea Drinking! 

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