There are so many things to love about this time of year! The holidays help remind us of all that we have. It's such a special time to think of others and to spend quality time with the people we love. One way that I try to bring our family closer together during the holiday season is by setting up new family traditions. I've found that the little things our family does together each year are the things that I cherish the most. Nothing elaborate or fancy. Cozy nights by the tree reading favorite Christmas books, an afternoon spent making our annual Christmas Pretzel Hugs for neighbors, or an evening spent driving around in pajamas looking at Christmas lights. These are the moments that I look forward to and cherish each December.
A couple of weeks ago, I came up with the idea of setting up a hot chocolate station in our house. My kids all love hot chocolate (I'm a fan as well!), so I knew this would be a fun new tradition to start. ￼It was so easy and fun to set up! My butler's pantry was a perfect spot in my house but this really could be done on any table. I'm sure I'll mix things up and move it around each year.
￼ I mostly used things I already had. Mugs and bowls from past kitchen displays. ￼
I wanted to elevate the aqua pitcher a bit, so I grabbed a baking pan and some red wrapping paper and that did the trick. :) I filled the pitcher with water but haven't used it much because we've all decided we like our hot chocolate better with milk!
￼ I used cute non-breakable cups with lids and straws, so even our toddler can enjoy a mug of hot chocolate. ￼
I used small glass bowls for the toppings. If I were setting this up for a party I would have used bigger bowls but these small bowls have been just right for the kids. My girls know that they can't sneak into the treats throughout the day, but I have had to set them up higher a time or two because of a certain three-year-old. To be expected. :)
￼ Along with mini marshmallows, we have the big ones and chocolate chips. At our house we believe that one needs marshmallow options, and that one can never have too much chocolate. :) ￼
I put the hot chocolate powder in a clear glass jar with a tablespoon in it so that we can easily measure portions. Two to three scoops per mug!
￼ Simple candy canes in another glass jar add a festive touch. ￼
I've sprinkled these small poinsettias throughout my house this year and I'm loving them! Having real plants that bring color and warmth is always a good thing. ￼
I love coming around the corner of my kitchen and seeing a brightly colored hot chocolate station all set up and ready to go. ￼
￼The rest of my shelves are still bare, but the kids and I don't mind. We are too busy sipping our hot cocoa to care. :) ￼
This has been so much fun. Some days we've had a cup right after the girls get out of school. We make our hot chocolate and sit down at the counter together and talk about how their day went. Other days we've waited until evening when homework and baths and dinner are done. A special treat we all enjoy together each day during the month of December. Like I said, it's the little things. Simple family traditions. Quiet time spent together that make this time of year so special.
This post is part of the Favorite Holiday Traditions series, sponsored by Betty Crocker Cookies.
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