Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


November 29, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Office of Continuing Education is sponsoring the popular annual “Afternoon Tea and Tales of Christmas” history lectures by Judith Dyer twice this holiday season.

Dyer, a Cordon Bleu Cooking School graduate, was reared in England and will share holiday customs from her own childhood, illustrating with display items as she discusses holiday stories and traditions that span 2,000 years. Dyer will share stories about Father Christmas, Christmas “pieces” that English school boys wrote as precursors to Christmas card greetings, the charitable giving of Boxing Day and culinary selections that have been part of the Christmas season since the days of King Henry VIII.

The first tea will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lady Primrose’s Shopping English Countryside, 200 Crescent Court.

The second tea will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Bent Tree Country Club, 5201 Westgrove.

The cost for each tea is $45. Reservations are available by calling 214-768-5376.