My mother started it. A little snack after school. Then a little afternoon tea. I passed the tradition down to my children. It became a ritual. Every afternoon between the hours of 3-5 (depending on when we walked in the door) the tea kettle was put on and a little cookie or cracker was added. Now coffee has been included. I've also learned to make scones. Add books and music to this and we have all we need. So whenever our family wants to gather together or have a conversation we MUST include coffee or tea. In fact, we cannot gather our thoughts without one or the other.