One of my most cherished memories of Christmas is singing carols. We would visit my grandparents every year for Christmas and each Christmas Eve we would attend the Christmas church service. Afterward, the whole congregation would come together in the front yard of the church by the life-sized manger and sing carols. As a young child it was thrilling to be out so late at night in the dark when I normally would be in bed, and it was not nearly as cold there in North Carolina as my home in Ohio. I felt especially grown up when we all held candles with little cardboard holders to protect our hands from melted wax. It was magical to see all those shining faces singing together by candlelight. To this day, I absolutely adore Christmas carols (and often listen to them year-round)!
9 cups Chex cereal (any kind)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter (I prefer creamy, but crunchy works too!)
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons red sugar crystals
2 tablespoons green sugar crystals
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Measure cereal in a large bowl. In another bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving at 20-second intervals until smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal and stir until all cereal is coated. Pour into large zip-close bag. Add confectioners’ sugar and red and green sugar crystals. Shake bag until all cereal mixture is coated in white with hints of red and green. Spread over waxed paper and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy! Don’t forget to leave some for the reindeer along with Santa’s cookies!