My favorite new tradition involves three things I love: chocolate, reading, and my two little girls. In the afternoon, right after the littlest one goes down for a nap and right before the older two take a "quiet time" (which is rarely truly quiet, but that's a totally different story), we sit down for a reading time.
Simply us three ladies, a favorite book and three cups. Our current selection is Little House in the Big Woods although occasionally Lily insists upon choosing another book, in this case Rikki Tikki Tembo, a favorite.
And each girl gets just enough hot chocolate, which seems to go down quite quickly. I actually just make it warm chocolate for this reason.
Storytime Warm Chocolate
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 teaspoons sugar
a pinch of salt
In a saucepan place sugar, cocoa, pinch of salt and a few tablespoons of milk. Stir over medium heat just until the mixture is smooth and incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and stir until the mixture is warm to the touch. Divide evenly among three cups, choose a favorite book, and enjoy!