Here's what you do:
Read this book:
The Way of Tea and Justice
Call a few friends and say, "Friends, I miss you. You are important. Let's meet and drink tea and talk about meaningful topics for 14 hours straight. Go."
Then meet in Nashville, TN (no matter where your home is, drive towards Nashville) at the Thistle Stop Cafe.
When you get there, first look around at the decor. Soak it in. Especially the "chandeliers."
Then order food and drink.
Eat and talk, sip, repeat.
Stay three hours.
Buy some merchandise.
Especially for teachers! We ALL have teachers: in school, in church, at the farmers' market, at the library, next door neighbors. If you are stressing about what to get them for Christmas, consider Shared Trade! Consider Thistle Stop Cafe! Consider Thistle Farms!
Glennon Doyle Melton beautifully wrote about gratitude for teachers on her blog:
After you are asked to leave Thistle Stop Cafe, find a hotel and check in and drink more tea. Then find a great vegan/vegetarian/crunchy granola restaurant and ask the Google Maps lady to talk you to there.
Eat and then before it gets too late, drive home on your organic food high and take out your contacts and put on your glasses.
Pour a glass of wine and continue the 14-hour-meaningful conversation.
Tomorrow you can have more tea.
You need to do this people.
For the tea industry, for the teachers (did you notice "tea" is in "teachers"?), for friendship, for your soul, DO THIS people.
For the love and Thistle Stop everything,