Entertaining, Holidays

Celebrate with a Night Around the Christmas Tree

An informal tradition that we have in our family is to spend a night around the Christmas tree. I bring in some hot cocoa along with some other treats and snacks and we hang out as a family! Sometimes we make our final requests known to everyone just in case we left something off our lists, but for the most part, it's just to spend time together.

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What makes these nights super special is really just some hot cocoa and good conversation. We have a famous hot cocoa recipe that you can find below.

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I just make it on the stove and then pour it into a beverage server like this one from Frieling. It's so perfect to keep it warm all night long.

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Destiny's Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Author

Destiny Alfonso

Published

December 21, 2020

Modified

December 21, 2020

Yields

6 servings

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream or milk (1 qt.)
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 310 cup hot water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil and stir 2 minutes
  2. Add milk; stir and heat until hot. Do not boil.
  3. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with whisk until foamy.
  4. *Adapted from Hershey's Hot Cocoa Recipe

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving Size - 1 6-ounce serving
Calories - 210
Carbohydrate - 19g
Cholesterol - 55mg
Fiber - 1g
Protein - 1.5g
Fat - 15g
Saturated Fat - 9.5g
Trans Fat - 0g
Unsaturated Fat - 0g
Sodium - 16mg
Sugar - 17g

Recipe Details

Cuisine - American
Category - Drinks

But we also might throw on a Christmas movie or two. We love all the new movies like Christmas Chronicles, but enjoy classics like Home Alone and Elf too!

These fantastic mugs are perfect for a night like this. tag's Hand Warmer Mugs fit perfectly around your hands for a nice warm mug hug! It was our first time using them this year, but I see them being such a great hit. If you are a mug lover, add these to your collection!

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This year, we also added this Gratitude Jar (one of Oprah's Favorite Things!). It's a super simple way to keep our gratitude and thankfulness up, not just around Christmas, but really year-round.

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All you do is write a small note of gratitude or what you're thankful for and once you're done you toss it in the jar.

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On nights like this, we like to read them together. It's really special! They also have a Christmas Wishes Jar in case you want to make your own Christmas tradition.

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If you are looking to have your own night around the Christmas tree, here are some other ideas that just might make it even more fun:

  • Christmas Bingo
  • Wrapping Gifts
  • Decorating the Christmas tree
  • Popcorn garlands
  • Paper garlands crafts
  • Name a Christmas Song game
  • Sing Christmas carols together
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