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Bigelow Tea Celebrates The History And Tradition Behind Three Kings Day

 

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December has come and gone, but the 12 days of Christmas are still being celebrated by lots of people and their families excitedly awaiting “Three Kings’ Day” on January 6Bigelow Tea loves any reason for a family gathering, so we’re proud to recognize this special day. For the Hispanic community and many others, Three Kings Day, or Los Reyes Magos, is one of the most important holidays of the Latin world, commemorating the “three wise men” that followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Celebrated twelve days after Christmas, Three Kings Day is also known as Epiphany. While children may still get gifts on December 25th, Three Kings Day also rewards them with presents and candy for being good. Festivities like community parades and a three-day celebration at Disneyland take place around the globe. In Mexico, thousands gather each year to taste a mile-long “Rosca de Reyes” (Kings’ Bread). Many families choose to make the holiday favorite at home honoring the tradition to hide a baby Jesus figurine within the bread — the person who finds it must make tamales on February 2, the Day of the Candles. How neat is that?!

bigelow-tea-chamomile-mintThree Kings Day is such a special day for so many families, and we love that. Family is such an important part of our lives — and the fabric of our company. So, as you celebrate Three Kings Day this year, remember that our teas can be a yummy complement to a slice of Kings’ Bread. Brew a pot of Te de Manzanilla Menta de Hierbas or Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea! You can also enjoy one of these recipes that embrace the Hispanic influences of Three Kings Day: Roasted Pork Chops Pomegranate Pizzazz® over Mashed Plantains, and Chamomile-Mango Tres Leches.

Will you be celebrating Three Kings Day this year? Did your family recognize the holiday when you were growing up? Tell us all about it! What was your favorite memory? Don’t forget to tag your story with #TeaProudly so that we can learn about your special moments celebrating this special day.

Top image by by Nate Bolt via Flickr.

What Time of Day is Tea Time for You?…Bigelow Tea Wants To Know!

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You and I both know that there is a tea flavor for every tea lover and every time of day. And because our #TeaProudly community sips for different reasons at different times, we would love to know more about your special moments (because isn’t tea drinking a wonderful part of your day whether sharing a mug or sipping on your own??). So…are you waking up to the smell of Earl Grey, or perhaps you wind down at night with a hot mug of Sweet Dreams, or maybe your favorite time to drink tea is after you finish yoga practice. No matter what time of day you enjoy your favorite steaming cup (or glass of iced tea), tell us: what time of day is tea time for you?

Spill it to Bigelow Tea: What Makes You #TeaProudly?

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugBigelow Tea lovers, unite! We tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s why we are all about sipping our #TeaProudly. Whether you love your tea most when sharing it with family and friends, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch, or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – the ever-trendy cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past. So, sit down with a mug and chit-chat with us in our latest survey.  We’d love to know…

 

Leadership, Sacrifice And Courage: Bigelow Tea Spends A Day With Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman

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It’s not every day we get to meet a hero. But a few weeks back, that’s exactly what we did. Decorated former United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman spent a few awe inspiring hours at the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he personally addressed Bigelow employees.   The visit was shared via live feed to our teams in Louisville, KY and Boise, ID. As founder and spokesperson of the Combat Wounded Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports combat wounded warriors and families of the fallen, and author of the memoir The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer, Jason spent some time talking about leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity. It was an honor and privilege to hear him speak.

Jason served 21 years with the U.S. Navy — 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and 10 years as a SEAL officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded in a firefight in Iraq after his team was ambushed. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Jason bravely faced his challenges by writing a bright orange sign to hang on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. It read:bigelow-tea-sign

Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.  

— The Management

The original sign on the door, signed by President George W. Bush, now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda as an inspiration to his fellow service men and women.

After 37 surgeries, Jason candidly shares his experiences and positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s courageous military forces and their families. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and the U.S. Army Ranger tab, along with numerous other personal and unit awards.bigelow-tea-cindi-bigelow-jason-redman

Just as Jason is committed to the U.S. military community, so are we. In 2009, we launched the “Tea for the Troops” program, which sends specially designed boxes of 100% American-grown tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation to U.S. military personnel overseas and in the States. To date, we have sent more than 5 million tea bags to service men and women. We also became an official sponsor of the USO in 2015. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices the members of our military—and their families—have made to keep our country free, and we will continue to support them, one tea bag at a time.

Thank you, Jason, for your service. You are an inspiration to us!

Top image: Jason Redman speaking to Bigelow Tea employees

Lower image (L-R): Cindi Bigelow, Jason Redman and his service dog, Kharma, and Jason’s wife, Erica.

Bigelow Tea Loves A Good Tea Party—Especially One Hosted By Sofia Vergara

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Celeb tea parties have been all the rage this year, and Hollywood A-listers Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are joining in on the fun! Both Sofia and Joe took to social media to give a sneak peek into a tea party they hosted—now that’s being a proud tea-drinker! Surrounded by close family and friends, it looked like the event was a success—smiling faces, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets, beautifully-arranged flowers, teacups, and guests happily drinking tea (of course).

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In an image captioned, “”What do u do when @clarissa_rezende brings u a @stefanbeharsucre cake from Brazil??!!!!!! Invite friends for Tea Partyyyyyyy,” the oh-so-lovely Colombian actress posed with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake that event decorator Clarissa Rezende brought back from São Paulo, Brazil.

We can just imagine being in Brazil with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake for a delicious treat—and perhaps a cup of tea to accompany a slice? After all, black tea is a popular Brazilian choice, either hot or iced, along with herbal teas such as mint and lemongrass.

Whether you’re having your cake and drinking tea, too, or celebrating good friends over good stories at a tea party, let’s keep showing how tea is such a big part of our lives. At Bigelow Tea, we love when celebrities share their tea-inspired moments, and we can’t wait to hear more of your stories, too. Show us your #TeaProudly moments and tell the world why you love to make a cup of tea part of your day!

A Bigelow Tea Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen will always be considered a musical legend. He was iconic. He was tremendously influential. He was considered a visionary by so many. And as the world mourns his passing, the Bigelow family wants to give our condolences to his family, friends and many, many fans.

For six decades, Leonard revealed his soul through music and poetry. As Billboard noted, his songs that became radio hits were more likely to have been recorded by other musicians, such as “Suzanne,” by Judy Collins. In fact, it was the success of Judy’s cover of the song that led to his recording career—soon after, he released The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the first of 14 albums. And it was the beautiful lyrics in “Suzanne” that honored our “Constant Comment®” tea by making reference to “tea and oranges.”

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover

Inspired by his friendship with Suzanne Verdal, the evocative lyrics in “Suzanne” describe the afternoons they would spend together at her apartment by the Montreal harbor: she would serve him “Constant Comment” tea and fruit, and they would walk along the St. Lawrence River and by the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, where sailors prayed before heading out to sea.

“The song was begun, and the chord pattern was developed, before a woman’s name entered the song,” he told the BBC in 1994. What allegedly began as a song about his hometown of Montreal evolved into a reminiscent and melodic poem of friendship, a story that NPR’s The Salt shared in detail here.

While great songs last forever, we recognize that our time with people, even the greatest and most creative people, is fleeting. We’ll miss you, Leonard. To his fans in the tea community, let’s find some time today to turn on “Suzanne,” make a pot of “Constant Comment,” and reflect on the work of one of the greatest songwriters of time. Tag your reflective moment with #TeaProudly to share with other tea drinkers.

Who Doesn’t Love A Celeb Filled Tea Party? BAFTA LA Does It Right!

Celebs came out in full force a few months ago to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea held by BAFTA Los Angeles (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) the day before the Emmys. The annual event took place at the Boxwood cafe inside of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, and gave Brits and non-Brits alike a chance to relax before the big awards night – plus munch on teatime goodies! BAFTA Los Angeles is an organization that promotes British talent and bridges the relationship between Hollywood and the U.K. film industry, and the event included plenty of stars from the other side of the pond. Celebs such as Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, and Laura Carmichael and Julian Fellowes (star and creator of Downton Abbey respectively) enjoyed a spread that included the ever classic scones with strawberry preserves and clotted cream, as well as a variety of tea sandwiches such as roast beef with horseradish sauce, cucumber, and egg salad and watercress. Of course, there was plenty of tea sipping, with English Breakfast, Earl Gray, and Peppermint being some of the varieties on pour. For celebs looking for a little bit more of a kick, a variety of cocktails also shared the menu. And what does a star wear to a tea party? A tea length dress of course! Clarke and Carmichael showed off their English rose radiance by wearing delicate tea length dresses that were right in tune with the theme.

If you’re looking to replicate the BAFTA experience at your own home, unfortunately we can’t promise that the cast of Game of Thrones will show up. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious recipes and flavorful teas to create a memorable event for your own friends and family!

Bigelow Likes A Green Monster’s Taste in Tea!

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It’s Halloween and you know what that means — trick or treat yourself to a warm cup of tea! Speaking of ghouls and monsters and all things spooky, actor Boris Karloff, who famously played Frankenstein’s monster as pictured, was known to be a tea enthusiast. Whether it was between takes on a movie set or sitting quietly at home, a cup of tea was never far out of his reach. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a cup between all the takes and lines?! Perhaps Green Tea (or in this case maybe our Green Tea with Lemon) helped him get into his green-tinged character?bigelow-tea-green-tea-with-lemon

Which Bigelow Tea flavor do you sip during a long day? (And, yes, a Greenie Mar-TEA-ni can count today… after all, it’s, technically, a holiday!)

Image by Insomnia Cured Here via Flickr.co

Bigelow Tea, And Well All Tea Lovers Actually, Want To Know If You Add Milk To Your Tea?

bigelow-tea-vanilla-chaiOne thing we know for sure is that with so many people drinking tea (82% of Americans to be exact—that’s more than 158 million people), there are that many ways to enjoy a cup! That is one of the beautiful things about drinking tea…you can customize each mug to your heart’s delight and include milk, honey, sugar or even a slice of lemon! But while some parts of making the perfect cup of tea are a must like putting in the tea bag in first before pouring over the water (says president and CEO Cindi Bigelow who has three generations of tea experts behind her!), other options are completely up to you which always makes tea drinking an lovely adventure!

One hotly talked about topic in our tea drinking community (which we call #TeaProudly which is an awesome community of tea drinkers which we will tell you about a bit later so stay tuned!) is do you add milk or not to your tea, so let’s share some info about this very topic. If you like to add milk, do you know when to add it in? Does the milk go in first or the bigelow-tea-spiced-chai-teahot water? The British Standards Institute (BSI) believes to have the answer to this tea lover debate. They state that the milk is best poured before the tea and that the brewing water should not be above 185°F to prevent scalding the milk. Of course not all tea drinkers agree with the BSI. Author George Orwell prefers pouring his milk in last to control the ratio of milk to tea. Even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly enjoys her tea by adding the milk afterwards! So many options….we love that!

Hey and did you  know that Bigelow Tea’s delicious Chai tea varieties are amazing with milk and sugar like our classic Spiced Chai? Facebook Fan Virginia Gordon thinks Vanilla Chai is “delicious with a splash of cream and teaspoon of sugar!” Thanks Virginia for sharing your #TeaProudly thought. The good news for everyone is that whether you add your cream or milk before or after the hot water, our spicy chai flavors will make an amazing cup so grab a mug and well, #TeaProudly!