We start our winter break in a couple of days. It just felt like something that should be celebrated…no school, Christmas, friends. I had in mind something similar to the ice cream party we had in the spring, but more seasonal. I brainstormed a bit and came up with a hot cocoa stand. Recruiting a friend to help, we made a large stock pot full of hot cocoa and set out a table full of festive sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, homemade whipped cream and candy canes for the kids to enjoy as toppings. A little Christmas music, some homemade signs and we were set.
Our house is situated on the walk home from school for most of our neighborhood. We had our kids tell their friends (and their friends’ friends) and had everything ready to go when school let out. With 30 mph winds on the day of our stand we made a quick decision to move everything inside the garage. It sheltered us from the wind and with a space heater in place, it was nice and warm.
As soon as we started serving the word quickly got out and we had kids from all over the neighborhood making their way to our stand. We met new friends and laughed with the ones we already knew. If you ever find yourself living in a new place I think this might be an excellent way to meet your neighbors. Who doesn’t like hot cocoa on a cold day?
After all the hot cocoa had been drank, and the kids were on their way home, we worked on cleaning up. In the background I could hear my boys, along with my friend’s children talking about when we might have our next cocoa stand. I’d call that a successful celebration.
Two days until the holiday break and counting…we are so ready!