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Holiday Drinks

Hello everyone! How are you doing this fine December day? As of yesterday, we have officially entered the 12 Days of Christmas. We have a simple Christmas countdown on the whiteboard in our kitchen and Ade loves it. If I don’t change it before he notices then he comes to me and demands I change it. It doesn’t take much convincing me as I find myself as excited for Christmas as he is. Lately the weather has been cold with a touch of snow. When I say a touch, I mean I spotted a few flakes falling among all the rain. It was a great beginning to the week before Christmas, and what goes with cold weather better than a Christmasy beverage?

While the rest of the world heralded the return of Pumpkin Spice (ugh) I became excited when my husband brought home a big container of Egg Nog. Since then there has been a container of Egg Nog in our fridge, just for me. Egg Nog was truly the first herald that the Holidays were officially on their way, so I don’t think it would be right to leave it out so close to the pinnacle of the holiday season. While many spice up their Egg Nog with a little alcohol, I can’t stand it so mine goes fuzzy free. It’s still delicious. And yes, I do drink it from a wine glass.

If you go out ice skating or walking among lighted parks, you’re bound to find at least one cart or center where you can purchase a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider to warm you up. I remember having hot chocolate and a small styrofoam cup of popcorn in children’s church on Wednesday nights. I used to love dipping buttered kernels into my hot chocolate and eating it. That probably sounds weird but twelve year old me thought it was great. Long before that, it was hot chocolate with a peppermint stick.

I still remember the day my Auntyne first introduced me to this version of hot chocolate. My cousins and I were sitting around her kitchen table, waiting patiently (yeah right) for our hot chocolate. Before placing my hot cup in front of me, she reached into the basket hanging from her ceiling and grabbed a candy cane from it, which she then proceeded to unwrap and plop into my drink. I looked up at her like she was crazy and asked what I was supposed to do with the candy cane. She told me to stir it around in place of a spoon. So I did. And it was delicious.

Nowadays I don’t get to enjoy hot chocolate like I used to. When my intolerance for chocolate increased, the amount of cups I enjoyed decreased. Thankfully Spiced Apple Cider was waiting to take its place. I still have a cup of hot chocolate every now and then, but when I want a hot holiday beverage, I usually reach for a packet of apple cider. I know it’s not the same as homemade apple cider but for this busy mom, it hits the spot.

Something I am wanting to try this year is Christmas Punch. Mainly because the recipes I’ve seen contain my favorite soda, Ginger Ale. There are others that contain alcohol but like I said, I’m not big on alcohol. I’m sure you’ve seen at some point, either on Pinterest or Facebook. Does it sound like something you want to try? If you have already tried it, what did you think? Was it worth it? Please let me know!

Now this may be more of a New Years type drink, but when I want to get really “fancy” I pull out the Sparkling Grape Juice. When I first discovered it, the white grape was my favorite. Now I prefer the red but since I’m trying to save it for Christmas week, I opened the white bottle instead. While this isn’t specifically a Christmas drink, it is one I associate with celebration and as Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth, I’ll raise a glass to Him.

Last but not least, Coffee. I have a feeling that coffee is every parent’s best friend on Christmas morning. Last year the hubby got me a brand new coffee maker and with it, the Holiday Blend from Starbucks. I made that blend last as long as I could afterward. I can guarantee that the first thing I do Christmas morning is head for the coffee maker while presents are passed out.

What about you? What is your favorite Christmas or Holiday drink? Do you prefer your drinks with or without alcohol? Let me know in the comments below. Happy Blogmas!

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