Thursday, December 20, 2007


For the last 4yrs our family has done a Free Hot Chocolate stand. We do this at Christmas time at one of the local shopping centers. First, we set up a table, complete with hot chocolate (enough to serve 160), marshmallows, whipped topping, and candy canes. Then we go to work yelling, "Free Hot Chocolate!" to passers by. Many people stop asking, "what's the catch?" We reply, "no catch, it's just free hot chocolate, and Merry Christmas." Some try to give us money, but we refuse, kindly saying, " it's a gift, and it wouldn't be a gift if you paid for it." Others pass by multiple times refusing. Our favorites are the ones who stop and take their hot chocolate with the works (marshmallows, whipped topping, and a candy cane). We're especially thrilled when folks come back for seconds!
This has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season for our family. We enjoy this time together as a family, blessing our community. It is an opportunity to give a free gift, just as one was given to us that first Christmas. We see and meet people in our community, and pray that they will take Jesus with "the works," receiving the life in the full He came to give.


  1. That is so AWESOME! I love that idea. What great memories you are making with your kids and teaching them about giving and showing Gods love.

  2. That is a awesome! It's about giving. Great Job!

  3. I missed it again!
    You MUST tell us when you will be there.
    I could have used a friendly hug from those kids and some hot choc.

  4. What a wonderful tradition! We might have to copy you. No wonder your kids are turning out so well...they have wonderful parents teaching them love & the ways of the Lord!!

  5. What a great tradition! I might have to copy this one---my children would really enjoy this one! Hmm......I'll have to keep you posted. :) Thank you for sharing.

    Your family are being a wonderful light to your community and it was a blessing for me to read and enjoy your ministry through your post!

    Merry Christmas Denise.

  6. Amazing idea! I love it. When my kids are a little bit older I can see us doing that!

  7. That is so fun! I'll be the kids LOVE it. What a great idea - one to think about all year... hmmm...

    A friend of mine made us her own hot chocolate mix and packed it with homemade marshmallows this year. I MUST have the recipe it was so good! I'll share it with you when I get it... I take it y'all love hot chocolate, too. :)

    Happy New Year, Denise!