Hot Cocoa and Symbols of Christ’s Birth

For the 11th Day of Christmas Montessori Trays, I’m sharing a fun idea that is also very meaningful.  We made hot cocoa tonight and read a poem that was given to John Robert by his teachers at church.  It’s a sweet way to teach little ones about Christ’s birth.

To tell the story, you need the following for each child:

  1. A mug of Hot Cocoa
  2. Several Marshmallows (or cocoa mix that has marshmallows)
  3. 3 Hershey Kisses
  4. 1 Candy Cane
  5. This poem:
The chocolate represents Jesus’ sweetness supreme.
As kindness was His forever theme.
It’s warmth is like His encircling love,
that comes directly from above.
Many small, but one large star
were also seen from afar.
So are the marshmallows so clean and white
which reminds us of His purity bright.
The candy cane looks like the Shepherd’s crook.
Those great men who came to take a look.
At the newborn babe so sweet and gentle.
Whose life would be so fundamental.
The 3 kisses remind us of the 3 wise kings,
who traveled as they heard the angels sing.
And when they arrived they saw a beautiful sight,
Mary kissing her son on that wonderful night.
Now may we remember these wonderful things,
as we enjoy what this glorious season brings.
May you feel His warmth each and every day.
As you wish others a Merry Christmas along your way.

We loved discussing the story in between the phrases.  For instance, “Is this hot chocolate warm?  Sometimes people talk about feeling warm when they are being loved, because warmth is comforting.  That’s why it says Jesus’ love is warm like this hot chocolate.”

Next year, I want to take it one step further and create a tray inspired by a Teach Preschool post called Hot Cocoa Play Day for Preschoolers. Wouldn’t it be fun to set up a tray with her play dough items mixed with this poem?

Well, it’s Christmas Eve Eve.  I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.  With my kids, my husband, a fire, a beautiful tree and the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, everything seems right.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!  I wish you love, peace and joy this holiday season.

5 thoughts on “Hot Cocoa and Symbols of Christ’s Birth

  1. Wow this is such a great idea! I will have to pick up some hershey kisses! I think I may have to do this idea later. Maybe it will be a part of our Epiphany! Thanks for sharing and I hope you and your family have a really beautiful and happy Christmas!

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