Christmas is a time of year when I enjoy re-reading old favorite books, including a few tea titles. "Christmas Teas of Comfort and Joy" (2008) is by Emilie Barnes with artwork by Susan Rios, and it's just a charming book with sentimental stories, beautiful Christmas paintings and quite a few recipes.
That book is actually excerpted from Barnes' 1999 book, "The Twelve Teas of Christmas," which features artwork by beloved tea artist Sandy Lynam Clough. I don't mind having two versions of this book, because the art is so different it seems like two different books! Every tea lover needs at least one of these titles, though, because it's a great Christmas cookbook and has many terrific ideas for themed Christmas teas.
The sentimental favorite for any tea lover, though, is "A Cup of Christmas Tea" (1982) by Tom Hegg. I can't believe it's been 30 years since this book came out, and it is one that definitely ages well and will inspire you whenever you read it! There's another Hegg book,"A Memory of Christmas Tea," which came out in 1999, and clearly I need to add it to my collection as well.
Finally, "A Christmas Wish" by Dee Appel and with artwork by Gay Talbott Boassy (2001) is a tiny little book with lovely artwork of teacups and a sweet message about taking time out during the busy season to have a cup of tea, something I'll bet most of us have no trouble doing! Are there any other Christmas tea titles you've read? Or any Christmas books that are must-reads each year? Please share!