Do your friends and family enjoy sipping tea? If so, make your own twelve teas of Christmas card–it’s a quick and easy gift to delight any tea-lover. And you can make it in duplicate.
Gather twelve different flavors of tea that come individually wrapped in pretty foil packages. Include teas with and without caffeine. It’s easy to get a nice variety by buying boxes that include assorted herbal blends and ones with assorted regular teas. Buy as many boxes as needed for the number of gifts you want to make.
Use a 9-by-11 3/4-inch file folder as the card to hold the teabags. On the tab side of the file folder, cut off 1/2-inch to make the folder 8 1/2 inches wide. Print “Twelve Teas of Christmas” horizontally on the outside of each folder. Inside the folders, print a greeting on the upper part, and tape the teabags on the lower half. Make three rows with four teabags in each row. Embellish the folders in any way you wish: stickers, artwork, ribbon, or fabric.
The Twelve Days of Christmas run from December 26 to January 6, which is known as Epiphany. This day is linked with the wisemen visiting the Christ child and bringing gifts to honor him. So you could give your gift of tea to enjoy after Christmas. Or give it mid-December to count down to Christmas Day.
For a more elaborate gift, sew or buy little cloth bags for each teabag, or place loose tea in small sealable plastic bags. Or wrap teabags in pretty paper or small doilies. For an easy idea, buy little ceramic holiday loaf pans found in craft stores and fill each with an assortment of twelve teas. Do whatever expresses your creativi-TEA.
If you wish to include Christmas teas, most brands sell holiday flavors. Look for them in stores and online. My preschool-aged granddaughter loves Sugar Plum Spice herbal tea. She calls it “princess tea” because of the fairy pictured on the box. I like Twining’s Christmas Tea, a black tea with a soothing aroma and spicy taste of cinnamon and cloves. Earl Grey, peppermint, and Constant Comment are also favorites.
Add meaning to this TEA-rific card by including a Bible verse. Consider these:
“My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5 NIV).
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16 NIV).
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
“God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5 NIV).
Would you like to warm someone’s life with tea and love this Christmas? It’s easy to do by making this “Twelve Teas of Christmas” card. Sipping once, sipping twice, sipping tea is extra nice. Merry Christmas!
About Lydia Harris
Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."