hot coco cup with marshmellows

Making things magical are what moms live for. And there’s no better time to shine than the holidays. It seems that 2020 is the year that moms everywhere are trying to up their Christmas magic given everything that this year has brought.

But moms everywhere are also asking themselves: How do I make Christmas magical for my kids when I am already thin on time?

Well, easy, mama! You try out one of our easy ideas for a Kids Christmas party at home! Know that you’re doing a great job, mama, and you can easily create some special traditions for your family with little effort (and get some great photo opps at the same time). For kids, even the simplest activities can be the most magical and memorable.

A favorite of our is the The Polar Express Hot Chocolate Party!

We love watching the Polar Express this time of year! This year, try creating a Polar Express Hot Chocolate Party. All you need to do is put on your favorite Christmas jammies, sip on hot cocoa and then pretend to board “The Polar Express,” which is simply your couch! But that’s the easy version if your’e running short on time.

Just make sure to take cute pictures of your kids laughing together before you put the the hot chocolate in the mugs. This will save you tons of tears in case they spill any of it on themselves (or on your couch). Bribe your kids with extra marshmallows if they smile!

That’s more than enough magic for moms with little time. But if you’re looking to take it up a notch, you can get a fancier with your hot chocolate party!

Don’t tell your kids about what you’re doing and send them to another room. Surprise them with some new Christmas jammies and then hand them each a ticket to get on The Polar Express.

While they are in the other room, set up your “train,” which is your couch or some chairs with blankets and pillows to make it cozy. Set up the hot chocolate with lots of different toppings like whipped cream, candy canes, marshmallows and the like. Have “The Polar Express” all set up and ready to play. You or your partner could be  at the entrance of the room, asking them for their tickets (which you can download here). Have them take their seat and let the fun begin.

Then when the movie hits that fun cocoa scene (which is about 20 minutes in), invite your kids to the kitchen for the hot cocoa bar to create their drink. Then go back to the “train” and finish watching the movie together. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

Check out our Letter to Santa here!