The English are noted for their love of tea, and the habit of drinking tea came over to America with the colonists. We can't forgot what an important role tea played in Boston's Revolutionary history.
Even though coffee is the hot beverage of choice in the United States today, tea continues to hold its own in supermarket aisles next to coffee and a distant third hot beverage--hot chocolate.
Many children grow up drinking pretend tea, and there are still miniature tea sets sold for contemporary kids. The idea of being invited to a castle to have tea with the king and queen, and wearing gowns and tiaras or bowties and tophats, informs imaginative play such as is found in these:
Hall, Kirsten. Our Tea Party. [E HAL]
Kann, Victoria. Pinkalicious: The Royal Tea Party. [E KAN]
Kirk, David. Miss Spider's Tea Party. [JP KIR]
O'Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties. [JP OCO]
January is National Hot Tea Month, so let's all celebrate with a cuppa!