I have always loved ballet, and as a little girl, I aspired to be a prima ballerina. I dreamed of dancing the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Unfortunately, I lived in a small town with no dance studio, so my endless hours of “practice” in my living room, pirouetting to The Nutcracker on vinyl amounted to naught. I also had to endure the endless ridicule of my big brother, who would prance around the house wearing my Dad’s work boots and singing, “look at me. I’m a ballerina” in a high, singsong voice.
I. Hated. It.
When I was 9, my Mom and Aunt took me to see The Nutcracker. It meant a late night and going into the city on the subway. It was snowing lightly and very cold, but I didn’t feel a thing because I was so excited. I was absolutely spell-bound; the gentle thuds of feet on the stage hardly a distraction. It was the most magical night of my life.
Every Christmas, I savour at least one cup of Celestial Seasonings “Sugar Plum Spice” tea. This herbal tea is chamomile based with hibiscus, rosehips, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, plum and roasted chicory. While it contains no artificial colour or preservatives, it is not gluten-free. Also of note: this tea company has been working for over 30 years to establish sustainable harvesting and fair wages for tea garden employees. And yes, there are ballerina fairies on the box!
This festive blend is, of course, very similar to other spiced teas, but the plum is the prevailing flavour with a subtle zing from the ginger and other “seasonal” spices. It’s perfect to share with a loved one before nestling snug in bed “while visions of sugar plums” dance in your head.