This post was written in collaboration with Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa and Mom It Forward Network however, all opinions, ideas, thoughts, and tips shared are my own.


I love Christmas!  When I say it’s my favorite time of year, I mean it.  I absolutely love everything about Christmas.  I love the Christmas music that usually starts Thanksgiving Day on KLTY.  I love the lights and decorations displayed on homes and businesses everywhere.  I love the movies, you know Christmas movies like “A Christmas Story” or “It’s A Wonderful Life (my all-time favorite).  My mom and I watch it every year. She may actually watch it like 4 or 5 times during the month of December.  LOL, I am so serious. 

As you can tell, those are memories from a few year ago that have stayed with me over my life (yes, a few years ago).  Material things are nice to have but memories last forever!  Now that I am a mom, I love creating memories and Christmas traditions with my son like dressing up in matching pajamas and having hot cocoa to celebrate the completion of our Christmas tree and decorations.  If your kiddo(s) are anything close to mine, we often spend additional time rearranging the 25 ornaments placed together in a 1-foot radius.

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I must admit starting the hot cocoa tradition in matching PJ’s was the best.  My son, Chance loves hot cocoa.  So, when I told him that I was selected to participate in a campaign for Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa, he could not wait until the cocoa arrived.  He checked the mailed faithful and daily even during the weekend.  Once it arrived, he wanted to put the Christmas decorations up that day. 

Every cup of cocoa you drink has to live up to the first one you had as a kid. Now that’s a tough job! Other cocoas might come close, but Stephen’s will set your new cocoa standard! Stephen’s cocoa is rich, creamy and quite simply the tastiest you’ve ever had. They are continually introducing new and unique flavors, as well as cocoa innovations like our Single-cups for Keurig®-style coffee makers. Stephens also offers a special selection of delicious ciders, whose traditional (and not-so-traditional) flavors make the perfect drink for any holiday.



We opened the box and he began assigning the flavors.  At the direction of Chance, I was to have the Mint Truffle, daddy would have the Salted Carmel, and he was dead set on the CandyCane flavor.  I must admit, he was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to try the S’mores. The disappointment didn’t last long. As soon as I scooped the hot cocoa out of the can and into his cup, the flavor truly didn’t matter.  When he tasted it…..let’s just say we are having it again when family arrives from out of town…. And on the night before Christmas….And Christmas Day… get the picture.



Over the next few weeks, we have a few other traditions to continue like baking and decorating sugar cookies, allowing Chance to open one gift on Christmas Eve, selecting an Angel Tree family to bless, and starting new ones like serving the homeless.  I am especially excited about starting a tradition that will ensure that we keep Christ in Christmas.  This year we are celebrating the birth of Christ with a birthday cake.  We love birthdays in our home.  We are excited to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a birthday cake on Christmas Day.


I told you I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of year.  I disconnect for a few weeks for spiritual renewal and another few weeks for one-on-one time with my son while he is out of school – all while creating traditions that will add to Chance’s experience of Christmas as Jesus’ birthday.

Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition? Please share it with me in the comments, as we are always looking to add more fun to our Christmas traditions!  Perhaps you want to have hot cocoa in matching pajamas like us…Please check out the delicious and unique cocoa flavors on the website Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa and follow Stephen’s on Facebook, or follow along using hashtag #StephensGourmet



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