Holly Jolly Christmas

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The world’s BEST Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:
1/4 C cocoa
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C water
4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
In a saucepan mix the dry ingredients.
Add the water and bring to a boil, keep boiling for one min.
Then add the milk.
Heat until it’s the temp you like.
Take off the heat and add the vanilla, stir and serve.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

By Lisa North

Makes 8 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1.5 cups butter (softened)
1.5 cups unsweetened cocoa
3 eggs
4.5 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
4.5 cups flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat on medium speed until well mixed (1-2 minutes). Add egg, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and mix on medium speed for another 1-2 minutes. On low speed, gradually add flour. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cookies cool, and enjoy!

Tea Light Snowman Craft

Supplies:
Battery Operated Tea Light Candle
Black Permanent Marker
Orange Permanent Marker
Ribbon
Pipe Cleaners
Small Pom Poms
Black Felt
Glue Gun

Directions:
Use the black permanent marker to draw 2 eyes and a mouth onto the tea light.

Cut the piece of pipe cleaner to about 2.5″ long.

Curve it around the edge of the candle and then add a small line of hot glue on both ends to hold it in place. Don’t glue it the entire way around because you’ll need to slide the ribbon under the pipe cleaner later.

For the ear muffs, add a generous dab of hot glue where the ears would be and add the pom poms.

For the scarf, cut another piece of ribbon to be about 4.5″ long. Cross the ends over each other to form an “X”, and add a small dab of hot glue to hold it together.

Add a small line of glue to the back of the “scarf”, and attach it to the underside of the tea light.

Cut a final piece of ribbon to 11″ long and then slide it under the pipe cleaner to easily hang as an ornament. Tie the ribbon at the ends to hold it together.

Color the flame of the candle orange, to create a “carrot” nose.

Instead of making ear muffs, you can use the felt to create a winter hat instead!

Turn on the tea light, and enjoy!

Did You Know?

Christmas songs provide the soundtrack for holiday magic. Such songs evoke strong feelings in people, and various songs have become staples at holiday celebrations. Some interesting facts and history surround many popular Christmas songs. “White Christmas,” for example, is the best-selling Christmas song of all time. However, “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, says TIME. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is considered a jolly song, but songwriter James Gillespie was unemployed and had just lost his brother prior to writing the song. Still, he was able to look past his grief to pen the classic. Many are unaware that “Jingle Bells” originally was supposed to be a Thanksgiving song. While many beloved Christmas songs have been around for decades, one artist managed to tap into the success of classic Christmas music. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a popular modern-day Christmas song.