A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

December, First Sunday in Advent, December Things, Bigelow Tea for Sparkling Constant Comment Tea Punch

Nowadays, life is day to day, schedule to schedule, problems to be solved, and perspective to be maintained.

Sunday, December 2nd, is the 1st Dunday in Advent,  for the Christian calendar....
Avvent means Coming in Latin, and the 4 Sundays of Advent are to help Christians to prepare for the coming of Jesus....
This is the Sunday that one candle is lit of the four heralding the birth of Jesus...a light in a dark place...

This year, that has been a narrowing of the scope to essentials as we have dealt with problems...
but Joy still remains
and Thankfulness
and Love...
Really the essence of the Christmas season...
so we are at peace, 
although things are not maybe as we would wish them to be...

Something I have done for the last few years, and would like to do again...
Lord willing...
is to share an antique postcard each day until Christmas...
This is one from England, dated 1912...

And of course, the Christmas china is emerging from the cabinet.
The tree is up, but not decorated yet...
a work of love in process...

This a great recipe from Bigelow Tea for Sparkling Constant Comment Tea Punch.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

4 cups water
6 Bigelow Tea Constant Comment tea bags
2 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 is something we have made during the holidays.
Click on the Bigelow Tea name here and go to their website for other recipes.

The wreath is up on the door, in welcome to you and the season.
Wishing you Joy!


  1. Happy December,dear Ruth!It is always a pleasure stopping by!What a beautiful post as ever...Blessings!

  2. Happy First Day of Advent, Ruth. Your resilience is admirable. I'm intrigued by this tea punch. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I look forward to seeing your collection of vintage Christmas postcards! The illustrations are always so sweet. Like Margie said, the tea punch sounds intriguing. I've never made a punch with tea and I think the Constant Comment is a great choice for the tea.
    Happy December!

  4. Good morning, Ruth! Happy December and I'm glad Peace and the Joy of the Lord is present even while going through trials! This is such a lovely post with a beautiful teacup as well as your delicious punch recipe. Have a lovely day, dear friend!


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