I've spent a lot of time reading back through old blog posts this year; they remind me of a simpler, less chaotic, and more pleasant time, which, brings me comfort.
Early in my blogging "career", I wrote a series of posts around Christmas; one year it was a general collection of holiday traditions, favorites, and memories, another year, it was recipes for all of the treats that I traditionally made for the holidays. I enjoyed reading back over those posts so much; I've decided to revive the effort this year.
Hopefully, having a direction in which to guide my writing will somehow inspire me to write more than ten posts this month. We shall see.
So, today, I'm sharing one of my favorite traditions of the season, drumroll, please...
...the cocoa bar!
I started setting up a cocoa bar each winter back when the kids were in school. More often than not, when they came home from school each day, they would have at least one friend with them; often, more than one, and, sometimes, waaaay more than one. I never minded. I figured, if they were home, they were safe. Over the years, the parents of their friends have told me how much they appreciated knowing that their kids had a safe place to go after school as well; that warms my heart.
And, for all those years, cocoa warmed their bodies.
The bar changed over time; I tried to switch it up a bit each year. This year's bar features the addition of liquor, because, my kids are old. And, cocoa liberally laced with peppermint schnapps or Baileys Irish Cream is the bomb diggity.
I'm looking forward to having the kids home for Christmas and, with any luck (and, Covid be damned), they will each bring along a friend.
'Tis the season!