One of my favorite things to do each Christmas is unpack all my Santa mugs. I try to add a few new mugs each year. I like to place them on a two-tiered stand in the kitchen with all my hot cocoa supplies.  I tucked in a few sprigs of evergreen and filled one of the mugs with peppermint candy canes.

This year I will be mixing up a homemade hot cocoa mix courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

Here is a printable recipe card to download for your recipe box.

I found some cute things at Trader Joe’s to elevate the cocoa experience.  The hot cocoa sticks are basically a bar of dark chocolate that you drop into a mug filled with hot milk. The adorable, and great tasting, Gingerbread men mug hangers make the perfect dunkers into your sip. Top off with the lightest shade of pink peppermint mini marshmallows and you will be in love with the best hot cocoa in town! I even found a bag of Brach’s crushed peppermints to garnish on the top. And, if you are a whipped cream fan, don’t miss the Peppermint variety at Target. Who needs Starbucks?!

And, for when you want to fill a thermos full of cocoa to ride around and look at Christmas lights, I found these cute retro Christmas plaid thermoses on Amazon. I could just see one for each person’s place setting filled with wassail, hot buttered rum, or your cocoa recipe!  How about gifting someone with a thermos, a jar of cocoa mix, and the recipe card. What a fun hostess gift.

Nothing says the holidays like hot cocoa!