Cream Tea with a Christmas Twist

Updated December 2023

Here’s a perfect holiday tradition to adopt for Christmastime (I might be biased being a Brit, but I hope you won’t mind because it’s very delicious). It’s the Classic British tradition of the Cream Tea.

Tea Attire

You can wear your pajamas or your tutu. Really anything. Although dressing up in your best fancy outfit is fun—and a hat is always an excellent choice (you might also want to bring your pets if they’re like Mr. Pockles and love hats).

How to Hold the Cup

I like to practice with my American friends holding a tea cup with your pinkie raised.

What is a Cream Tea?

The Cream Tea dates back to 1662. It’s a meal of delicious sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, and scones complimented with jams and cream, accompanied, of course, by the perfect cup of tea.

Cream Tea is all about the clotted cream (never whipped. Only clotted). And you must slather it on the scones before your jam, never after. Unless you prefer after, and then that’s the best way. I like no rules. (It’s like milk in tea—before or after? There’s a debate. So I say—up to you.)

Here are more etiquette tips from the experts.

You’ll Need:

Then tuck in!

Traditionally, the person closest to the teapot pours the tea for all. And the one who pours the tea you have to call “Bishop.” I have no idea why.

Are you missing someone special? You could send them some tea and invite them to join you virtually.

As you tuck in

You might enjoy your Cream Tea whilst listening to Christmas music, reading books aloud, or reading the day’s entry from The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Activities.

Take turns sharing your favorite memories from the past year.

The best thing about a Cream Tea? It’s a space you create to slow down and savour delicious food and most of all time together.

If you have a Cream Tea Party, I’d love to see! Tag me in your photos.

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