Saturday, December 4, 2010
Tea and Books Saturday #49 - "A Cup of Christmas Tea"
A Cup of Christmas Tea
By Tom Hegg
Waldman House Press, 1982
One reason I wrote about my "Cup of Christmas Tea" miniature tea set yesterday is that I wanted it parked next to this post about the book itself. I have such a wonderful memory of the day I first learned about this book. Many years ago now, I was invited to Christmas tea at the home of my friend Mike ("Michael" is a woman), and we were all enjoying such a fine time together. Her home is always so warm and inviting, and she had these lovely white tea and toast sets we all used to enjoy our refreshments. We passed around a candle (or maybe we each had our own?) and shared a favorite Christmas memory, and finally Mike pulled out this book I'd never heard of before, "A Cup of Christmas Tea," and read this touching story aloud.
If you're already familiar with the book, you know why I have such fond memories of that day. If you're not familiar with it, then I'll just say that the brief story, told in rhyming verse, is written from the point of view of a younger person who gets a letter from an old Great Aunt asking for a visit. At this time of year, I'll bet we all have people we *should* visit, whether aging relatives or not, and this book is such a sweet reminder that we will be blessed for doing so.
Copies of the book are still around (I found mine at an estate sale), and if you haven't yet read it you are certainly in for a special treat!