Is it just me or did this Christmas season just fly by? I am so not ready for it to be over! I did not get my fill of Christmas music, candy canes, and beautiful lights everywhere.
Cold, cozy holiday nights are the best. I love sitting by the fireplace and getting cozy with the family. There is nothing I love more than watching a fun movie, sipping on some delicious hot cocoa, and enjoying the fireplace ambiance. This year it was especially fun and special because Lucy is actually old enough to cuddle and have fun watching movies.
Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean the magic and holiday cheer have to leave right away too! Being obsessed with Christmas (which is a total under statement), I have found ways to drag out Christmas as much as possible.
Of course I leave the decorations up as long as I can. The only one bad thing about having a real tree is, it dies. And once it’s dead, you can’t really keep it much longer. Sometimes that means giving up your Christmas tree before you’re ready, which usually happens to me. I try to make it last until new years at least, but it doesn’t always go my way. Even if I do have to get rid of the tree early though, I still keep up the rest of the decorations. Only after New Years do I start taking them down. Tip: Use Fresh Cut Frasier Wax Cubes for that yummy tree scent, even after your tree is gone!
I’m one of those crazies listening to Christmas music the week after Christmas. Just for a few more days, come on! There’s something about Christmas music that just makes me so happy, and making that happiness last a few more days is worth being looked at crazy.
We wear our Christmas pj’s long after Christmas. I didn’t buy them only to wear them for a few weeks. Oh no. We wear them all the way through January! We get good use out of our polar bear and Christmas tree pj’s, and I have no shame admitting that. (I have a post coming soon about the reading teepee and all the goodies we got Lucy for Christmas, links and all! Stay tuned!)
Hot chocolate just screams holidays to me. I love sipping on some hot cocoa while taking a walk or sitting around watching a movie. When I found this recipe, I knew this was going to be our new tradition. It’s so delightful and exquisite, it’s a pure treat for the holidays. If you want your hot cocoa to be extra special, you have to give this a try.
Rich n’ Thick Hot Chocolate
Makes about 4 cups. Hands on time = 18 mins. Total time = 28 mins.
You will need:
2 tsp. cornstarch
4 cups milk, divided
2 (3.5 oz.) dark chocolate bars (at least 70% cacao), chopped
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of table salt
Hot Cocoa Toppers
- Whisk together cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk until smooth.
- Cook remaining 3 1/2 cups milk in a large, non-aluminum saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around edge of pan (about 4 minutes; do not boil). Whisk in chocolate, honey, vanilla, and salt until blended and smooth. Whisk in cornstarch mixture.
- Bring milk mixture to a light boil, whisking frequently (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat. Cool slightly. (Mixture will thicken as it cools.) Serve immediately with Hot Cocoa Toppers (shown in photo).
Even if Christmas is over to the rest of the world, we’re still in our magical Christmas wonderland over here in this house. At least for a few more days. Anyone else as obsessed with Christmas time as me? What do you do to keep the magic going after Christmas? Do you leave your decorations up or take them down right away? I love hearing from you! Like, comment and share!