The Rules of Christmas Tea

Let joy or ease, let affluence or content,

And the gay conscience of a life well spent,

Calm every thought, in spirit every grace,

Glow in thy heart and smile upon thy face.

Background

The English year is punctuated by national calendrical holidays: some are mere commas, others are more important semi-colons; the Christmas holiday and New Year’s Eve are the final full stop. The world might have gone mad and the English too socially dis-eased to ignore the Christian significance of these rites. They often talk about Christmas and mean the entire holidays period from the 23rd/24th of December right through to New Year’s Day, and include typically at least some of the following: last minute shopping, panics and squabbles, drinking, tree, marathon cooking and eating of huge Christmas  lunch, uncomfortable night, falling asleep while watching TV, hangover, family ‘outing’ of some sort, escaping family to pub, more over-eating and drinking, working little, achieving little, ‘limbo’ period, big boozy parties, sleeping late and hangover again. Christmas festival might have gone too commercial, and is seen more of a nightmare or an ordeal with all the ‘preparations’, ‘panto’, ‘shopping’, ‘parties’ & ‘cards’.

The good news is that the birthday of Jesus is celebrated throughout Christendom on 25th of December. We set off to explore the charming customs of Christmas past and their miraculous metamorphoses into those, most endearing, close to heart and so familiar modern rites and rituals. Of course, through the prism of the very Englishness of those (or..Germanness).

Mercifully, Christmas remains the one day in which fast food is anathema, and people dine leisurely in the manner of their grandparents and great-grand-parents, with – one hopes – as much happinnes as the Cratchit family in Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”.

So, lay the hustle of the season away and come for tea and things to talk, have fun and relax before the celebrations.

Features

  • discussions;
  • debates;
  • and a story-telling or postcard game – all in the flavours of the holiday;
  • not to mention the grumble and the crumble. 

Upcoming events

  • Scope: 2 get-togethers;
  • Time: 3 hrs (or as long as we get stuck) from 11:00 to 14:00;
  • Days: December 21 (Sat), January 4 (Sat);
  • Fee: 11,00 BYN (registration / tea for extras);
  • Venue: Van Gogh Cafe;

* A certificate of completion is available upon request.

See the schedule below for further details on the offers.

The Rules of Christmas Tea

January 11, 2020

The Rules of Christmas Tea

The Rules of the English Coffeehouse

April 24, 2019

The Rules of the English Coffeehouse

The Coffee Ring Question

April 10, 2019

The Coffee Ring Question

The Rules of Choice

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Choice

The Rules of Party

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Party

The Rules of Consumption

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Consumption

The Rules of Having Fun

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Having Fun

The Rules of Talk

May 10, 2017

The Rules of Talk

The Fundamentals of Pub Etiquette

May 3, 2017

The Fundamentals of Pub Etiquette

The Rules of Beer Choice

April 12, 2017

The Rules of Beer Choice

At Roots of Civilization

April 5, 2017

At Roots of Civilization

You are What You Drink

March 29, 2017

You are What You Drink

Who is Who?

March 22, 2017

Who is Who?

The Rules of Pub Choice

March 15, 2017

The Rules of Pub Choice

Enduring Appeal of the Local

March 1, 2017

Enduring Appeal of the Local