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The Moments That Make Christmas

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As a blogger, Christmas starts early. I published my Christmas Days Out recommendations back in September. Last week my meaningful Christmas gift guide went live. And now I have to admit I’ve got to a point where I’m starting to feel a bit festive. Which got me thinking, what are the moments that make Christmas?

Christmas Moments

Lia Santa

For us, Christmas starts with a visit to Santa. We wrap up warm and head to a garden centre, theme park or even just a local pub or shopping centre. We order from the Christmas menu and take part in whatever festivities are going on as the girls get increasingly excited. Then at last their turn comes and they sidle up to the man in red to whisper their heart’s desires. This year it’s a plastic frog to go in the bath. Simple pleasures. Next, it’s time to get our house feeling festive. The tree and decorations come down from the loft to be dusted off. The children have their annual fight about who puts the star on top and we put on some Christmas tunes. After all it’s not Christmas until I’ve belted out Fairytale Of New York out of tune in time to the Pogues.

Christmas Food and Drink

The Moments That Make Christmas

Every year, I make a Christmas cake for us as a family. I also make two as gifts – one for my dad and one for my husband’s aunt. Baking it fills the house with delicious, Christmassy smells. And once that’s done, Christmas is in full swing. Bring on the mince pies, Christmas jumper and of course, Snowball cocktails by the fire!When I was younger, we always used to go to my aunt’s house for snowballs at Christmas time. As an adult I learned to make them myself, but this year I’ve put a bit more effort in. There are some fab snowball recipes about and I’ve tried a few and picked a couple of favourites.

A Snowball to get you into the Christmas spirit

This one is all about combining the classic Snowball with extra Christmassy finishing touches.

You will need:

  • 100ml Warninks Advocaat
  • 50ml freshly squeezed lime juice or lime cordial
  • Lemonade or soda
  • Ice cube (not the 80’s rapper)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick
  • A glass mug or jar
  • A sieve or strainer
  • Pretty ribbon


  1. Pour the Warninks Advocaat and lime juice or cordial into a cocktail shaker and give them a good shake to mix them together.
  2. Pour them into the glass mug or jar.
  3. Top up with lemonade or soda and add a few ice cubes.
  4. Tie a cinnamon stick onto the side of your glass mug or jar with the pretty ribbon.
  5. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top to finish.

The Snowball for party lovers

You will need:

  • 50ml Warninks Advocaat
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice or lime cordial
  • Lemonade or soda
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Dark chocolate shavings
  • A sieve or strainer
  • A wine glass


  1. Moisten the rim of the wine glass with a little bit of water
  2. Roll the rim of the glass onto a plate of cocoa powder until the rim is covered
  3. Pour the Warninks Advocaat and lime juice or cordial into a cocktail shaker and give them a good shake to mix them together.
  4. Pour them into the wine glass.
  5. Sprinkle some shavings of dark chocolate on top to finish.

If you like the idea of these Snowballs, check out my video to see how simple they are to make. There are also another couple of fab recipes in the video – one that is perfect for winter nights in, and one for people with a sweet tooth!

Which Snowball recipe is your favourite? You can share your Christmas traditions with Warninks on social media using the hashtag #NowItsXmas. Warninks is available in supermarkets and convenience stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrison’s and Waitrose.

Snowball Christmas Cocktails | If you are looking to capture the Christmas spirit this festive season, you will love these Christmassy cocktails made with Warninks advocaat. The perfect cocktail for a Christmas party or get-together. Enjoy in front of the fire, preferably paired with a Christmas jumper.
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  1. November 22, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Omg I haven’t had a snowball in years. They’re like Christmas in a glass! I need to get some this year (we are hosting Xmas for the first time!) and try out some of these recipes. x

  2. November 23, 2016 / 6:38 am

    I always think we don’t have Christmas traditions, but we do! (I realised that the year all three of the menfolk had flu and we had to put a stop to everything we usually do.) We nearly always visit Father Christmas on a steam train on Christmas Eve or the 23rd (we used to go every year, but can’t really justify the cost now the kids are big, so don’t all go every year!). I must admit baking never comes into Christmas for me and, as a teetotaller, I won’t be making or drinking any snowballs!

  3. November 23, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    I haven’t had a snowball in years and now I’m tempted to go and get some advocaat in before Christmas so I can make some! Love that first visit to see Father Christmas and getting the tree up – and yes there’s nothing like belting out Fairytale of New York to help get you in the festive mood! 🙂

  4. November 24, 2016 / 8:20 am

    I’ve never had a Snowball but I’m tempted reading this. It’s got to be better than eggnog right??

  5. November 24, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Do you I have never had a snowball before, but I think I kind of want one now! I love Christmas and Christmas traditions it’s one of my favourite times of the year.

  6. November 24, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I am ashamed to say I have never had a snowball before either! Think I’ll have a go at making one this year though!

  7. November 26, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    I’ve never tried a snowball before, but now I think I’ve been missing out. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and all the traditions make it even more special X

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