The afternoon teas are a time when everyone is in the same place to enjoy a spot of tea and take part in some special cultural sessions and traditions. Here is information about this year’s teas.
December 28 | 4:30 pm
The Ostfriesen Tea Ceremony
Rich tortes and pastries accompany authentic black Ostfriesen tea served in delicate Ostfriesen china in this ceremony typical of Northwestern Germany. The tea is served with cream and kluntje, which is sugar in a large, crystal form. Dan Lippitt, Glenn Mitroff, and Greg Winz present this beloved Folklore Village tradition.
December 29 | 4:30pm
Sankta Lucia Tea
This tea begins with St. Lucia walking into the darkened hall wearing a crown of lit candles on her head. Children and teens of the festival walk behind her, singing traditional songs they learned earlier that day. This Swedish ceremony celebrates the winter solstice, the return of sunlight, and the Christmas spirit of giving, embodied in St. Lucia herself. Saffron buns and coffee/tea follow.
December 30 | 4:30pm
Yemeni Cultural Tea
Khadijah Tracy Lacina, a native of Gays Mills, WI, spent 10 years living in Yemen and raising a family there. Join Khadijah as she recounts her Yemeni journey and shares stories of life in Yemen, including what it was like to live through a civil war. Khadijah will share traditional Yemeni teas and treats as a way to introduce this vibrant culture.
December 31 | 4:30 pm
Christmas Festival Auction Tea
This longstanding tradition of great finds and fast bidding is something you don’t want to miss. Auctioneer Jim McNeill dresses up and leads the fun, witty exchanges that dominate this tea! This is an extremely important fundraiser for Folklore Village and we appreciate you both donating and bidding on special handmade and folk inspired items. If you have a special item for the auction, bring it to the office early during the festival.