Fun Fact - Presidents' Day isn't really about all of the past Presidents of the United States.
There's a long history behind it, but the gist is this: In 1971, President Nixon combined George Washington's Birthday (February 22nd), Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (February 12th), and the country's desire to have more long weekends (we're not pulling your leg, take a look) into one nationally recognized holiday - Presidents' Day.
So why should us brits be arsed? Well, here are more fun facts...
1) George Washington condemned the Boston Tea Party. He was a tea-lover just like us!! (OK, so that's not the real reason, but still, we'll count it as a win)
2) Lots of historians think that George Washington was one of the first people to have a blended English/American accent, taking hints of a West Country accent and combining it with elements of the modern day Southern American accent. All of us British-born-American-raised hybrids can sympathize with this struggle!
3) Abraham Lincoln's hat is a well known symbol of his presidency. Less well known? An Englishman was responsible for the design that inspired Abe's American hat maker. Trend setters from the start.
4) It is rumored that Mary Todd Lincoln often used to send her sons to fetch Abe from his office for afternoon tea breaks. See? Full circle. It always comes back to tea.
Point is, it's wonderful to live in the United States and maintain such deep ties to the UK, so why not embrace Presidents' Day and mix in a little bit of British charm? Shop with us this Presidents' Day weekend and use the promo code PRESIDENT for 15% off your entire order!
Think of it as our gift to America.
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What do you get the Brit who has everything? (Because let's face it, if you're a Brit, you already have wit, charm, and an accent enviable by the entire North American continent...what more could you really want??)
A Brown Betty.
Reaching peak popularity in the Victorian Era, Brown Betty teapots were - and still are -created from clay originating in the Stoke-On-Trent area.
Why is it called a Brown Betty? The brown is easy. Traditional Brown Bettys are covered in a Rockingham Glaze, which gives it its brown color. The Betty? Well read what this American anglophile dug up on her blog "Tea in England":
In the 1800’s no self-respecting house in England was run without at least one servant. As “Elizabeth” was a very popular name at that time, odds were that you had a servant named Elizabeth. And Elizabeth – shortened to Betty – would have served the tea. Some believe that the special brown teapot came to be known as a “Betty” or a “Brown Betty“. But no one knows for sure.
Brown Bettys are the most historically English teapot, come with an excellent story, and brew the finest tea. What are you waiting for? Get the perfect gift.
Now that Thanksgiving is over (a lovely American holiday, we would like to add), we can finally get back to the REAL turkey business: Christmas.
It's time we #TakeTheTurkey and remind everyone that there's nothing quite like an English Christmas dinner.
Turkey was introduced to Britain by William Strickland - a traveler who acquired the birds on his journey to the Americas. It was quickly adopted as the traditional Christmas meal (especially after King Edward VII made it fashionable), although it was a luxury reserved for few until more recent years.
Although the bangers, crackers, and roast veg are important as well, we can't imagine a Christmas dinner without a turkey. Apparently neither can anyone else! According to a survey by Express UK, "A staggering 87 per cent of people in the UK believe Christmas would not be Christmas without the traditional roast turkey at the table".
What do you think? Will you #TakeTheTurkey from your American neighbors and serve it for Xmas this year?
First of all, biscuits must be prepared. All biscuit choices are acceptable (although Digestives or Walker's Shortbread are preferred) as showcased in my arrangement:
Next, you have to use a teapot. For your auditory and visual experience, pouring out of a teapot is non-negotiable, and that's before we even mention the taste buds. Proven to brew to perfection, a Brown Betty is the only way to go. If none of these reasons convince you, think of your reputation as a Brit (or an anglophile). You're letting us down kettle-pourers. Despicable.
Finally, and most importantly, your tea choice must match the occasion. Keeping a fully stocked cabinet in preparation for visitors of all varieties is essential for you to have a spot of tea. I drank this one alone, so naturally the choice was PG Tips, but I had Yorkshire Gold on hand in case my very proper neighbors decided to drop by. One must keep up appearances, after all.
Do you agree with our advice, or are we totally out of line by failing to mention the order of the milk and tea pour? Tell us your tea essentials in the comments!