The History of Christmas Tea

Tea isn’t a traditional Christmas drink. Traditional Christmas drinks are things are egg-nog; mulled wine; and of course, hot chocolate. Perhaps the closest we get to tea at Christmastime is when we go for Christmas tea. But what if we told you that tea has a long history with Christmas? When the Temperance movement picked up steam in the 1830s, one of their targets was Christmas. Not so much the holiday itself, but the habit of getting terribly drunk during the festive season. To advocates of temperance, the consumption of alcohol was tied to less money for the family (as the men’s paycheck would go to drinks), as well as domestic abuse as women and children suffered at the hands of their drunken husbands and fathers [1]. But if you take away alcohol, what can you replace it with? Like the Chinese centuries before them [2], the temperance movement decided that tea was a good substitute, as it was seen

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