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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Luke 2:1-7, Antique Christmas Postcard #4, Constant Comment Tea Punch

Luke 2

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem
 1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all [a]the inhabited earth. 2 [b]This was the first census taken while [c]Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

I hope you have had a great beginning to your Advent season, and December. My favorite time of the year! Here is my antique Christmas postcard number 4.

This is a divided back, embossed postcard that was postmarked on Dec. 23, 1909 at New York, NY going to Buffalo, New York.  I love the snowy cottage vignette. 
To so more of this or other antique postcards at Antiques And Teacups just click on the photos.

I found a great recipe today in a link from a newsletter from Bigelow Tea for Sparkling Constant Comment Tea Punch.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

4 cups water
Bigelow "Constant Comment"® Tea Bags2 quarts Sparkling Water**
1 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 12-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
Garnish with Orange Slices

Yield: Yields 25 4-oz. servings.


In a saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea bags, cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool; then chill.

Just before serving time, combine tea, sparkling water or Champagne, juice concentrates, and pineapple in a large punch bowl.
Garnish with Orange Slices

** Celebrating a special event? Spark it up by substituting 1-1/2 to 2 bottles of Champagne for the Sparkling Water

I love Constant Comment, even the decaf, so this looks like something I will try during the holidays.
Click on the Bigelow Tea name here and go to their website for other recipes.
I took some Christmas display photos, but my computer is not talking to the camera at the moment so I have to work on some reconciliation of the two! Ahhh...technology! Have a great Sunday. We are going to a play tomorrow afternoon after church by a local theater company called "Jingle Jangle Chaps". It is staged in London during the blitz where the BBC is broadcasting their Christmas program from hiding in the Underground. However, the American cowbot group who were to be the stars of the show have been delayed because of the bombing and blackouts, but...the show must go on! With whoever they can collar and press gang into it...mostly cockneys.  Should be fun!

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