Notes from Jan

Christmas Tea for Basil

May 4, 2016

“Momo, could you make pancakes and Christmas Tea for breakfast tomorrow?”

Heather and Basil’d come for a long weekend, a month after his 6th birthday. I’d promised a party.   Not surprised that he’d asked for Norwegian pancakes, but Christmas Tea in late April? Besides, he asked at bedtime.  Mine.

“Well, Bazy,  I’m missing some ingredients for Christmas Tea so will go to the store tomorrow after breakfast.”

After a long pause, Basil said,”I was just wondering if you could get up early,  go to the store, while I’m still asleep, and then surprise me with Christmas Tea.”

Too tired to think, I promised only to make the tea  before he flew home, where drinks containing sugar are banned. (healthy idea) Once in bed, I thought, “Arise early, thou sluggard.  Surprise him while he sleeps!”

Next morning, I dressed quickly, rushed a brush through my hair and headed to Shaw’s market for orange and pineapple juice, and a lemon.  Cloves, cinnamon sticks, sugar and decaf tea were in the pantry.

When he awoke, the kitchen smelled of cinnamon and cloves. Christmassy.  Basil grinned, inhaled, as his tea cooled.  While he swallowed pancakes, I took in  JOY,  all for the price of 30 minutes of sleep.

Three days later, en route to the airport, he asked if I’d packed Christmas Tea.   I hadn’t.  Undeterred, “Can you give the recipe to my Mom?”

Today I’m reminded of the verses in Matthew 7:9-11 that say,

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?…If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

What’s my Christmas Tea?


God’s wide awake.




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  • Reply Susan Curry May 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Ah….I knew Momo would get up and go to the store! That’s what Momo’s do and why this one is loved so much! XO

  • Reply Lily Carlberg Willis May 5, 2016 at 12:46 am

    That’s my bro! He was so excited about the tea. Maybe I’ll figure out how to make it. Sounds an awful lot like our early morning trips to the bakery for treats when I was his age!

  • Reply Sharon Wolgemuth May 5, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Oh Jan, thanks for that great story! When in doubt or tired, just do it anyway and grab the moment! I got up early this morning to take Kristin’s oldest daughter home from her orthodontist appointment, so she could go on a field trip with her youngest daughter.

    I’d like the recipe for that Norwegian Christmas tea too!

  • Reply Suzy Young May 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Please can we have the recipe !

  • Reply Shirley Dubeau May 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    What a great Momo!
    Good reminder … we can sleep any old time!

  • Reply Wendy Lane May 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Somehow I missed this one! What a wonderful Momo!! Ha – i love it!!

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