This easy hot cocoa gift was inspired by the classic storybook, “The Jolly Christmas Postman.” Cerys introduced me to the book and my family was immediately enraptured. The Jolly Christmas Postman is a delightful story because it allows us to visit so many familiar storybook characters. The “mail” for each character sprinkled throughout the book makes the story a fun interactive experience for children too.

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

One of the things that stood out to me in the story is how devoted the postman is to delivering each letter. I always admire our own mail carrier’s dedication when I see her delivering packages well after our dinner is over during the busy holiday season.

Since I love to perform random acts of kindness with my children, this story inspired me to perform an act of kindness for our own postman. Actually, she’s a postwoman, but you get the idea.

Something I’ve discovered about random acts of kindness is that the easier they are, the more likely we are to do them! So, this gift idea is super easy but absolutely perfect for the postman or postwoman braving cold, winter weather to deliver our holiday cards and packages.

What’s the best way to warm up after a long winter day? With a steamy cup of hot cocoa, of course! Here’s an easy hot cocoa gift that will brighten the day of your own Jolly Christmas Postman.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

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The Jolly Christmas Postman is a sequel to the popular Children Storybook The Jolly Postman which is read in the early year’s classrooms around the UK. This classic picture book and it’s Christmas themed sequel by Janet and Allan Ahlberg are loved as it gives opportunities for talking about community workers, writing activities based on letters, role play through acting out delivering of letters and parcels as well as counting and maths activities.

Easy Hot Cocoa Gift

If you have kids, you might already have everything you need to create this easy hot cocoa gift. Hot cocoa is one of my kids’ favorite treats on snow days so we always have hot cocoa packets and mini marshmallows in the pantry.

Although you may have some traditional hot cocoa packets laying around why not make it extra festive with these flavoured Christmas specials with Chocolate Cream, Candy Cane and Gingerbread they are the perfect flavours to share with others this festive season.

And at the end of November, we buy holiday candies for our advent calendars so we always have extra. The only other thing you need is a mug!

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Items Needed:

Assembly:

  1. Place the hot cocoa packets in the mug first, towards the back of the mug, then add the bag of marshmallows.
  2. Slide the candy cane in between the hot cocoa packets and marshmallows, then gently place the candies on top.

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Voila! You have a festive hot cocoa gift that took less than a minute to put together!

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Now we just need to make a card to go along with our easy hot cocoa gift. After all, the REAL purpose is to let our mail carriers know how much we appreciate them! Plus, I want to pay homage to The Jolly Christmas Postman that inspired this idea.

A Printable Card for Your Jolly Christmas Postman Hot Cocoa Gift

I created this printable card to accompany our gift for the mail carrier. Feel free to use it too! Just click the image below to print the card. [Make sure you select “Landscape” NOT “Portrait” for orientation in your print options.]

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

To fold the card, first fold in half like this:

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Then, fold the top half down so your card looks like this:

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Place the card in the mailbox with your hot cocoa gift to brighten your mail carrier’s day!

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

More Advent Activities

I love this Storybook Advent idea and I hope you’ve enjoyed this easy hot cocoa gift activity to accompany The Jolly Christmas Postman. If you are looking for more countdown to Christmas activities, you might enjoy these family activity advent cards.

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Another wonderful way to help your child celebrate the spirit of the holiday season is to print off this Christmas Kindness Calendar. All of the acts of kindness on the calendar are ones kids can do on their own!

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Corinne is a WAHM of 5 kids and wife to a U.S. Marine.

Her mission is to help all moms feel like superheroes by sharing time and energy-saving tips so that they can stress less and enjoy their families more.

She shares her ideas and advice on her blog, Wondermom Wannabe.

 

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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