The first snowfall is an exciting thing every year, so I started the tradition of having hot cocoa whenever the first snowfall came. It celebrated a new season and it gave the kids something to look forward to. This year we have had so little snow (we’re in Minnesota) that we have had cocoa every time it snows. We probably won’t keep that tradition because we’ll probably have a record number of snowfalls in March or something and that kind of takes the fun out of it but for now it has been fun.
My husband likes building “real” fires in the woodburning fireplace so we all will sit around the fireplace and drink cocoa. (OK the sitting part usually lasts about 2 minutes and then the kids insist on playing their video games in the other room or playing in the playroom and then Josh asks to throw his napkin in the fire to which I say “no” to which a minute later Johnny says, “Mom, Josh just threw his napkin in the fire!” and the girls are wiping their faces on the couch with their cocoa mustaches and…)
Yeah, now that I think about it, having cocoa by the fire for the FIRST snowfall probably captures that experience and doesn’t need to be repeated throughout the winter. I think I’ll stick with that.