Hot! Hot! Hot Chocolate! If you are like our family, the words to the famous song in "The Polar Express" movie make you want to curl up by the fire with a hot cup of creamy cocoa. Add some Christmas music, a soft blanket and a good book for a perfect evening. A fun way to involve the whole family is to create a small "hot chocolate station" where everyone can mix, stir and sprinkle their way to a perfect cup! I included chocolate covered peppermint sticks, marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, cinnamon and sprinkles. We leave the station on our drink bar all season, inviting family and friends to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or even coffee. If you are having a party include mugs, creamers and whip cream for a full hot beverage bar.
When the business of this season weighs on me, all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, and extra activities, I am reminded of that still, quiet night. Maybe God chose those shepherds, tending their sheep, because of their calm, quiet spirits sitting in the stillness of the night. This is why I like Christmas Eve the best. On Christmas Eve everything in the world winds slowly down...the shopping is done, the presents wrapped, the food cooked, and stillness comes over the whole world. This Christmas, I encourage you to find a moment to step outside and gaze at the stars. Maybe you will hear the songs of heavenly hosts ringing in your ears!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 1/2 cups hot milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
In a large saucepan. combine the sweetened, condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in the milk. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve warm!