Winter bucket list

We had our first big snow of the year yesterday, which turned our backyard into a winter wonderland! I absolutely love this view from our back deck when it snows!(well, I love it all of the time)

Is there anything better than snow covered trees?

While we were enjoying our snow day I decided it was a great time to create a winter bucket list to share! I included so many fun things on the bucket list that my family loves, and also left a few blank spaces for you to add your own activities!

Now, it is time to share some of my favorites!

Christmas lights

My favorite winter activity by far is going to look at Christmas lights! I love the big displays! Our favorite is Our Lady of the Snows ! This one is in Illinois, but the drive isn’t too bad, and it is awesome… and FREE!

Last year for the first time we went to Candy Cane Lane. If you live in STL, I think it’s a must! We went on one of our random warm evenings and it was a great walk through the neighborhood.

Christmas movies

Is there anything better than being in your pajamas, snuggled under a blanket, watching Christmas movies?  Well, maybe, but it is pretty great!

There are some movies that I feel like I HAVE to watch every year before Christmas! Here are my top 3…

1. The Grinch ( I am sooooo excited to see the new one!)

2. Home alone (the first one is my favorite!)

3. The Santa Clause

hot cocoa

OK guys, I feel very strongly that hot cocoa is a necessity in winter! Coffee is not my thing, so cocoa is my go to hot drink.

We decided last minute ( I mean at 11pm the night before) to make crockpot hot cocoa for the kids birthday party last weekend… since it was FREEZING outside! I looked at a few recipes on Pinterest and we ended up using parts of a few and then adding our own stuff! It was YUMMY!

This is the easiest recipe since you just throw everything in the crockpot and let it melt. This recipe does make a lot so it is perfect for holiday parties, but you could easily cut everything in half to make a smaller batch for an evening at home watching movies!

Here is our version of crockpot hot cocoa

7 cups milk

1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

1 bag of milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup caramel chips (not candy caramels…they are in the baking aisle and they look just like chocolate chips)

1 can of sweet and condensed milk (14 oz.)

Add all of the ingredients in the crockpot, mix together, and turn it on low. Stir every so often until all of the chocolate is melted. (for us it was about 2 hours) Next, we added mini marshmallows on top and let those melt for about 15 minutes…..now you are ready to enjoy the creamy chocolate-y goodness!

* the husband suggests adding some whipped cream on top!

I hope you all enjoy the hot cocoa and the bucket list! What are your favorite winter traditions?

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