(originally published Dec 2012)
As we go through the holiday season, maybe you want to be holly jolly and all, but also you've got a lot to get done! Having a little Hot Cocoa Party under the tree is a quick and fun way to connect with your kids that will bring a little Christmas magic into your house without a lot of fuss.
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Have a picnic under your Christmas Tree!
It doesn't have to be complicated or even planned ahead. Just grab a blanket at lunch time and spread out beneath the glow of Christmas lights. If you want to make it really fun you can add something like apple cider of hot cocoa.
Make it festive….
Turn on your Christmas Music.
If you have cute holiday mugs and plates (ad), this is the time to use those!
Then grab some easy “picnic” foods:
- frozen berries
- frozen peas (my kids can't be the only ones who like these, right?)
- baby carrots
- lunch meat rolled up
- chunks of cheese with toothpicks
And of course Hot Cocoa (though just juice or milk would be perfectly exciting served in this spirit too.)
Once you have your little gathering under the Christmas tree you can sing a Christmas carol or read a Christmas story. In our family many stories are read during meal times because it's the one time when everyone is quiet while they eat.
Merry Christmas and happy marshmallows!
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