This weekend we (finally) decked out our halls…well, we are in the process… That is, I am sitting here surrounded by the many boxes that need to be put back up in the attic once we figure out what of my too-many Christmas decorations I’m leaving out this year.
But yesterday, for a few hours, the blue sky peeked out from the drizzle we are just about sick of here in Georgia, and we were finally able to go choose and cut our Christmas tree! As tradition would have it, we made sure we had some delicious hot cocoa and a good selection of Christmas music to listen to (Ray Charles’s Spirit of Christmas album is my favorite just about every year) while stringing lights and hanging ornaments. I love making this time special! One of the things that makes this event really fun is that we approach it with a lot of silliness and humor.
You may have noticed the little tattered little angel behind the Santa mug there? She’s been through a lot…
I don’t know her origin exactly, but she has been in my husband’s family for a long time. Growing up, Brian would always style her wispy, raggedy hair into a wacky style and stick her somewhere on their family Christmas tree for all to enjoy, saying that one day he wanted to have a little girl with wispy yellow hair he could style in the same way. Because of this, when we got married and started collecting our own tree decorations, his mother passed on the raggedy angel along with his other special ornaments from years past- including glue and glitter-streaked construction paper ones from 1987…
For years, this little angel was actually our tree topper. Recently, though, I purchased a more dignified angel to top our tree, but it’s still a bit of a sore subject with Brian as to why I won’t allow the raggedy, wild-haired angel to be on the top of the tree…anyone with me? No?!
Most of you probably have your trees up and your halls decked, but if, in fact, you are still in the process, I thought I would share a little late-weekend post with a recipe that is extraordinarily easy and super-sipping good for this fun event. Of course, my bet is that you can find another perfect reason to make it this season, along with other fun recipes!
What are your family’s traditions for tree-trimming or getting ready for the holidays?
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1/4 Cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 Cup hot water
- 4 Cups whole milk
- 1 Pint vanilla bean ice cream
- Combine dry ingredients in a large saucepan.
- Add the hot water and stir to make everything soupy.
- Bring to a boil and whisk while boiling for two minutes.
- Slowly pour in milk and heat it, but don't let it boil. Stir frequently.
- Ladle into mugs.
- Using a small ice-cream scoop or a soup spoon, scoop one scoop of vanilla ice cream into hot cocoa and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Adapted from Hershey's baking cocoa recipe for Favorite Hot Chocolate