It doesn’t feel like Christmas in New Zealand until the pohutukawa trees are decorated in scarlet, brush-like flowers. “Now”, they say, “Now, it is Christmas.” And you can see why.
Christmas is the season of giving. Whether we give a gift tied with a bow or piece of string, or we do a good deed or take tea with a friend, gifting at Christmas time is traditional. Words are gifts too and while I searched for suitable quotes to place inside my Christmas tea favours I discovered these four word-gifts from well known and not so well known writers. Take one with a cup of tea, morning or afternoon.
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“I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it’s cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do — the actual act of writing — turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.” – Anne Lamott
“Are we put in this world to be busy or to chat over a nice cup of tea?” Frank McCourt ‘Tis a Memoir’
“I must drink tea or I cannot work. Tea unleashes the potential which slumbers in the depth of my soul.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Life is so nice, like an innocent baby, beautiful like a flower in the desert but people ruined their life by fake things like competitions, professions etc. Each one of us is independent no one is comparable that’s why some are happy with a cup of tea and others with a glass of beers.” – Rahul Bodkhe
Tea and books are my favourite kind of gift both to give and to get. Happy gifting!