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Every year before the holiday season begins, we fill in our boxes of our Advent calendar with fun activities to do with the kids each day. Some of the activities are scheduled such as the preschool holiday program or special holiday parties that we have already planned. Most of our Advent calendar days are just simple holiday activities that we do year after year: decorate the tree, take a wagon ride to see Christmas lights, & make homemade Christmas cookies. Earlier this month, we took a special night to work on holiday cards. For our family, this means pulling out cards, markers, & pens and start getting those cards ready to mail. I always pop on some Christmas music over the speakers & make some homemade hot chocolate to get us into the spirit.
The kids may make a homemade card or two for their teachers and/or grandparents, while I am busy stuffing & addressing our holiday photo cards to friends and family. The kids also have a big job on this night because we always pick out a few favorite cards for special family & friends to sign and send. It’s their job to get these special cards ready to mail with festive holiday notes. Every time I get into a store without the kids in tow, I always find myself browsing the card aisle. Hallmark cards are the perfect way to show you care to someone you love & the holidays are a perfect time to send a sweet message to someone that you are thinking about. I love finding sweet and unique cards for family and last week, I picked up a few of my favorite holiday cards at Walmart to send with our gifts this holiday season. The kids were excited to see some of their favorite characters on the cards, including Charlie Brown & Frosty the Snowman.
While the kids were busy writing sweet Christmas messages & signing the cards, I made my super easy & delicious homemade hot chocolate, a recipe passed down from my mother. Today, I am going to share this easy recipe with you:
8 tablespoons of sugar
4 tablespoons of cocoa
8 tablespoons of water
4 cups of milk
In a saucepan, mix the sugar & cocoa.
Add the water and whisk together. Bring to a boil.
As soon as it starts boiling, whisk in the milk. Heat to desired temperature.
Serve in a mug. Top with marshmallows or Cool Whip. It’s super easy & super delicious. Just ask my hot chocolate loving children!
Something about the holiday season makes me cherish these simple moments, such as hot chocolate on a cold winter night or writing Hallmark holiday cards at the table together. We would love to hear about your favorite holiday traditions, because these sweet moments are really what make the Christmas season, simple joys enjoyed together as a family.
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