During 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!