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The holidays are bound to be stressful, so in hopes of maintaining sanity, it's best to make time for yourself. The Ritz-Carlton is a great place to unwind around the holidays, thanks to its lavish and elegant décor and seasonal Yuletide Tea. This high tea with a holiday twist boasts multiple courses of food, including little sandwiches, scones with Devonshire crème, and delectable macarons. The intimate affair is hosted by resident tea sommelier Jeffrey Hattrick, who is on hand to describe the nuances of every oolong and loose leaf brew on the extensive menu. Nicole Pesce helps guests get into the holiday spirit with her piano-playing at every Yuletide Tea.

Let Christmas steep from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, at The Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Lounge, 2401 East Camelback. The family-friendly Yuletide Tea is $38 per person, a sparkling wine upgrade is an extra $19. Call 602-468-0700 or visit

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 12-3 p.m.; Dec. 17-22, 12-3 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 24, 12-3 p.m.; Dec. 26-30, 12-3 p.m. Starts: Dec. 3. Continues through Dec. 12, 2013