Hot chocolate for all!Last year for Halloween, I wanted to do something special. I had been wrestling with how Jesus tells us to love our neighbors, and at the time, I didn't even really know my neighbors.
I'm convinced that Halloween must be one of the best nights to love your neighbors, because everyone is out in the neighborhood.
I currently live in Michigan, where we often celebrate Halloween with snow pants under costumes. Michigan is a temperamental kinda gal, and we never really know what weather we may get.
Well last year the forecast was looking chilly, blustery, snowy, and wet.
So I decided to make a hot chocolate stand for all the parents and trick or treaters to warm up.
I used my favorite ikea cart, and placed a large glass dispenser of hot chocolate, whipped cream, marshmallows, and a cute sign on the top shelf. In the middle, I stocked it with foam cups, and at the bottom, I just had cute tea lights in mason jars.
I added a large chalkboard sign, and of course some pumpkin decorations.
I grabbed a chair (that matched, naturally), but once the night got rolling, I was too busy to sit.
I had a large pot on the stove warming up for the second batch, so I wouldn't run out.
It was so cold, I had a tank top, thermal long sleeve, flannel button up, and a puffy vest on. And probably should've had more on. Seriously.
When the night was over, I gave out 87 cups of hot chocolate, which included 3.5 gallons of cocoa, 2 cans of whipped cream, and an extra large bag of marshmallows. I also have out 6 large bags of candy.
What an incredible night to just love my sweet lil community.
I'm excited for this year! I think I'm going to do something similar. 💛
How can you love your neighbors?