We survived Christmas, I hope it was time well spent doing whatever you did/didn’t want to do. We opened gifts and all of that at home. This year we utilized technology and used FaceTime with my sister so she could see my kids open their gifts. On Babe’s phone we used Google Hangout so my Mom could also watch. Full Disclosure they both live within five minutes of us. hahaha Later that evening we went to my in laws for dinner, my Mom and sister also joined us.
“This is a sponsored post in collaboration with “Clangers”and Coolabi. All opinions are my own.”
Family is a huge part of the holidays for us, I grew up this way and I happy pass on the same joy of the holidays to my kids. My toddler loves the Sprout Network and they always keep her informed. We watched all the holiday specials they aired including the Clangers. On the show they teach the kids about kindness, community, discovery and accepting of others. We teach our kids these essentials but it’s nice to have a little help.
My daughter is a giver; you can’t give her something without giving it to her brother. This now includes her new friends at daycare. She loves the festive chocolate treats I make and apparently she told her class she would be bringing some. OH! When I picked her up she rattled off her order and off to the store we went. Excuse me Madame you are three years old.
Pretzels are so easy to make, no major skill required. You melt your chocolate as instructed on the back of the package. I pour my melted chocolate into a mug. You just need something tall enough to cover half the pretzels. Dip the pretzels and twirl, this gets off some of the excess chocolate. After dipped I sprinkled peppermint flakes over them, twirl as you sprinkle until they are all covered.
I made chocolate spoons earlier this month but they are a bit fragile for a bunch of toddlers. So I decided to use wooden spoons that would fit in their hands. I dipped them just the same as I do for the pretzels, then put them in the fridge to chill. Once the chocolate hardened I poured melted white chocolate in a piping bag and drizzled it over the spoons.
Bag them up and they are ready to go.
The pretzels were for the holiday party and the spoons were favors for the kids. While shopping for our chocolate supplies Nori and I paid it forward to a sweet older lady. We purchased her groceries and wished her a Merry Christmas. She kept it going and then put her grocery money into the Salvation Army bucket. All of us left the grocery store feeling good. We didn’t take pictures because giving is from the heart, I don’t want the kids to think we have to snap a picture for proof every time we do something kind for someone else.
The kids baked cookies for Santa and Nori left him a note. In years past we’ve sponsored a kid for Christmas. I always try to get a kid close to my kids age. Then I allow them to shop for them as they would for them self.