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In England, rarely can you go wrong with offering someone a "cup of tea," or "putting the kettle on," as a response to someone receiving bad news, what is the tradition of your country?

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"If I knew you were comin' I'd a baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake,

If I knew you were comin' I'd a baked a cake, howdy-do howdy-do howdy-do."


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Lol!! wonderful, my mother use to sing this one.

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Well, I also rely on your British tradition of the wonderful TEA, Katherine...nothing dilutes bad news like a nice cup of Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea with a friend...(but if there is time I will still bake 'em a cake to go with the tea, also!).

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I just do my best to think good thoughts and blow off the bad news. Had too much of that in my life. I think a lot of us see things differently today! Move on with life!

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Nice Rooster, I agree sometimes it's better to keep moving on and not look back, well not stare anyway.

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Yes, preparing tea, coffee or another comforting beverage or something to eat, depending on the individual's preference and the available beverages or foods, combined with a "ready ear", is widespread and can help much, if a friend, family member, or a stranger having received bad news is seeking comfort. I would try to find out about what an unexpected guest would like to drink or eat, as with friends and family, I knew and know about their preferences.

Hospitality is widely practiced, often more or less ritualised, and also showing sympathy toward people in hardship and offering help is part of social relations, although ways, traditions and methods can vary much from one culture or region to the other:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospitality

http://www.wikihow.com/Comfort-Someone-Who-Is-Sad

https://tinybuddha.com/blog/good-friend-someone-depressed/


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Sure, a cup of bracing tea, or maybe some Irish coffee. ;)

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Yummy, too tempting!

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But enjoy it in or with moderation ... :):angel::D


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