Ahhh… a steamy hot cup of chocolate in between my fingertips as I listen to the swaying sounds of Christmas music.
Does anything get better than that?
This year my neighbors are going to get my two favorite holiday things!
Hot Chocolate and Christmas Music!
(Sorry neighbors if you see this before you get my gift! )
Let’s start with the Hot Chocolate part first.
…and your favorite hot chocolate.
…And then simply layer them in a jar or clear plastic bag.
I love drinking hot cocoa from these clear mugs- so, I went with these!
Add a lid or tie the bag. I cut out a circle from some scrapbook paper and punched a hole for the straw.
Then, I tied a tag with string and dipped wooden spoons in chocolate and toppings for a little extra goodness.
Don’t forget your personal hand written note! I think it makes the gift way more personable!
I had cards made up to be able to write in. You can find out where to download these tags here.
Now for the music portion. Who doesn’t love Christmas Music?
My sister Bianca who you have seen around here playing children’s songs lives in New York and has been sharing with me the continual burdens that many families are still enduring this winter due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteering to clean out homes, she was stunned at the devastation and destruction of many homes and neighborhoods who are still without power! It’s been almost an entire month!!
“When we first drove into these devastated neighborhoods and communities, I wanted to burst into tears. While the storm happened weeks ago and hardly affected me personally at all, it was hard to believe that not too far distant there were people who had lost nearly everything and who were still struggling to get their lives back together! I almost felt like I was in another country. I went back again on Friday (just a few days ago), and the roads were still covered in dirt and filled with piles of garbage, thrown out sofas, and broken up dry wall. The stench inside the home we went in was too much to bare- I couldn’t have done it with out my mask. Most homes were flooded up to 4 feet of water, and as a result, there was now mold growing everywhere, nestled into every nook and cranny. The woman we helped on Friday said that she was sleeping temporarily on a plastic garbage bag on top of her soaking wet sofa. Not only does this sound miserable to sleep on a wet sofa, but her power didn’t get turned back on until just a few days ago. Many still don’t have hot water either! The thought of taking a cold shower in the winter is chilling. During our time working with “Mormon Helping Hands,” we worked on taking out the walls and insulation leaving the homes with less mold but more vulnerable to the cold. Although I was able to return home to my warm and well lit apartment, the images of these homes were haunting, and I decided I wanted to try to do something more to help.”
Bianca Merkley along with several other New York City musicians volunteered their time and talent and have recorded a Christmas song to lift the spirits of those who may need a little extra boost this holiday season. For only ONE dollar or any donation of your choosing- you can download and share this fun and upbeat remix to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and 100% of the funds will go to help families who have been suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Bonus: If you are one of the first 200 people who download the song, you are eligible for a free download of this song to share with a neighbor! Find out how to get that free download code from Bianca herself right here.
Now, grab a warm mug of hot chocolate and sit back and take a listen.
How Does She is a strong supporter of this fundraiser but is not directly affiliated with the funding.To find out more about the stories and the follow up of the families that were touched this holiday season through your donations, you can follow Bianca Merkley’s quest to spread a little cheer on her blog right here.
“Let your heart be light…from now on your troubles will be out of sight.”