The Snowman, Day Eight on the Advent Calendar and Snowman Soup for Children!

The Snowman, 
Day Eight on the Advent Calendar
Snowman Soup for Children!
(Gift in a Mug)

8th December

Window number eight is a

A frivolous and fun post today and a Christmas activity for busy mums (or dads and grandparents) to do with their wee ones ~ something easy to make as a gift for a teacher or their classmates, no cooking or fiddly preparation, just assembling and packing ~ it’s Snowman Soup on a Mug!

This gift idea and photos was originally submitted by me and published in Country Kirchen magazine in 2009, but as I am progressing through my Advent Calendar I thought it would be a nice idea to share with you all on day eight, the snowman window day! The Snowman animated film by Raymond Briggs is my favourite modern Christmas film……..why……..well, it was the first film I watched after taking my newborn baby daughter home from hospital; she was born three weeks early on the 13th of December ~ and the song “walking in the air” still makes me feel all nostalgic and a little weepy, given that she is now a young woman in her early twenties.

This is not a long post today ~ I am really busy this week and all of a sudden a flurry of invitations to Christmas parties and festive gatherings have landed on my doormat, but I did want to share this with you, if only as a bit of light-hearted fun…..see you later.

(Gift in a Mug)

A delightful gift for children, although I often pop one of these into my daughter’s Christmas stocking and she is 24 years old now. Another recipe sent to me many years ago by a friend in Canada, and always a popular easy to make last minute idea, if you caught out on the gift giving front.
1 mug, preferably with a Christmas design
25g sweetened instant hot chocolate powder
6 chocolate buttons, or chocolate chips
10 miniature marshmallows
1 small candy cane
Place the hot chocolate powder, chocolate buttons and marshmallows in a small resealable bag or freezer bag with a tie. 

Place the bag into the mug and pop the candy cane in, this is used as a “mixing spoon”.

Attach a label to the handle to say:

“I was told you’ve been good this year,
I’m always glad to hear it!
With arctic weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.
So here’s a little Snowman Soup.
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!” 


  1. A Trifle Rushed says

    Karen, it's a gorgeous idea, I'm going to make one for my daughter's teacher and her assistants. And the film, it certainly brings back memories of those early days with a small baby, my eldest is 25 on the 11th! There is something lovely about a baby near Christmas.

  2. Choclette says

    Another lovely idea Karen and an excellent Christmassy post. I'm a bit soppy and adore the Snowman – good to hear what it means to you. Just thinking about your wonderful orange liqueur, which I keep having to taste test to see if it's ready!!!! A miniature bottle of that would go nicely in your hot chocolate in a mug gift too – assuming it's for adults!

  3. Neesie Natters says

    Oh I love this idea Karen.
    Now I want to make snowman soup for everyone I know.
    It's a brilliant idea and the words for the label ~ perfect!
    Thank you ;D

  4. Neesie Natters says

    Oh I love this idea Karen.
    Now I want to make snowman soup for everyone I know.
    It's a brilliant idea and the words for the label ~ perfect!
    Thank you ;D

  5. Jennifer says

    Great idea, not only for teachers either. My youngest was looking at Christmas mugs on Saturday – Cath Kidston does a couple of very pretty mugs, this "snowman soup" would go down very well indeed.

  6. Baking Addict says

    What a great idea! I love the poem and the candy cane for a stirrer – definitely use that this year!

  7. Laura@ howtocookgoodfood says

    Now this is definitely going in my three children's stockings as they love hot chocolate in any shape or form, although I might have to get a can of squirty cream too! Xx

  8. Lauren says

    Great idea! I did homemade hot cocoa mix last year to add to everyone's presents, but this would just put it over the top. Love it!

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