Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hot Chocolate and a Charlie Brown Christmas (Week 29 of Fireflies at Dusk: A 52-Week Project)

This week, my family and I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas while sipping hot chocolate. Recently, I have thought a lot about Gen Xers as kids watching classic holiday specials as the weather turns cold - a Gen X seasonal ritual. Getting the full experience of any Charlie Brown holiday pretty much requires that you drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a blanket - possibly like the one Linus has.

For all of the evenings throughout my growing-up years that this was shown on TV, I invariably was trying to get through a mountain of homework, and I'd watch it during a study break.  No matter what math test was coming up that week that I was stressing about, no matter how behind I was on my history paper, whenever this came on TV, this song made me feel so peaceful - like everything would be completely okay.... (Get a cup of hot chocolate ready before you watch this if you can.)

I remember standing and talking with a Gen X friend in her living room when we were teenagers. I was chatting on about something inconsequential and this was on the TV right near us.  She asked me with a certain seriousness to be quiet for a moment so we could watch this.   It felt that in this moment we were in the presence of something sacred.  This scene had been very important to her throughout her childhood, and it made me realize how important this was to the childhood of Gen X.

Frustrated again and again by how commercialized Christmas has become, Charlie Brown asks,  "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"  This is the answer he gets....

This has become one of the most beloved animated Christmas specials of all time and it has a special place in the heart of many Gen Xers.

Merry Christmas.


Recipe for Chloe's Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate (Sugar-Free)
canned coconut milk
powdered cocoa
sea salt
Put three or more tablespoons of cocoa powder in a pan on medium heat.
Pour in one can of coconut milk.  (One can makes about two cups).
Put in a tablespoon or more of stevia to taste.
Whisk while it heats up until the cocoa is totally mixed into the coconut milk.
A few shakes of sea salt brings out the taste of the chocolate.
Take off the stove right as it starts to boil and pour into your favorite mug.
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