By Cassie Johnston
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I feel like there has been a lot of Christmas hate going ’round this year. Yes, I agree, the Christmas season does seem to be getting earlier and earlier each year. And yes, I get there are other holidays (*cough* Thanksgiving *cough*) that are getting overshadowed by Christmas music on the radio and eggnog on store shelves. But what I don’t get is why people get so darn upset about it.
If it’s important to you to celebrate Christmas only after a certain date, cool. Go for it. I don’t think anyone is holding a gun to your head in October and forcing you to shotgun gallons of eggnog while hanging tinsel (if they are, I’m so sorry, that sounds terrible). But you don’t have to hate on those of us that are more than happy to bring out the Bing Crosby records a little bit early.
In general, I’m a fan of embracing the present, but when it comes to Christmas, I like to slowly ramp up to full celebration over a few months. Since I’m a bit of an introvert, all the joy and sparkles and gifts and crafts and family and cookies and booze are just too much for me if I try to pack it all in 30 days. So I spread it out. I slowly bring myself up to a full rolling boil of cheer instead of turning the burner of festivity on full blast on Black Friday. It works for me. It’s how I’m still a happy ball of Cass on December 25th, instead of turning into a mopey, overwhelmed, overstimulated Scrooge. Trust me, you like me better when I start celebrating Christmas somewhere around November 1st.
So understanding that, you should be pretty impressed that I’ve waited this long before showering you with something gingerbread-y or peppermint-y or eggnog-y. The truth is, I’ve been doing holiday recipe development in my kitchen for weeks now, but I was too afraid to put it out there because of all the backlash I’ve been seeing. But I’m coming out of the Christmas closet. Because the truth is, I’m in love with Christmas, and I don’t care who knows it. I just have so darn much cheer to share!
If you’re like me, and maybe trying to ease yourself into the Christmas spirit, this gingerbread latte is a great place to start. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and so warm and comforting you’ll think you’re in a picture print by Currier and Ives. And if you really want to get the whole Starbucks vibe going at home, you can pick yourself up a red coffee mug and serve it up that way with some indie pop Christmas music playing in the background (I recommend this album or this one or this one—I can keep going).
Happy holidays, my friends! Enjoy.
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Skip the coffee shop and celebrate the holidays with this easy homemade gingerbread latte recipe.
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Ah that looks wonderful! So sweet and comforting. Wish I had a mug of it right here :)
I’m firmly in the ‘it’s too early for Christmas’ camp, even after Thanksgiving is too early for me because in our family Christmas doesn’t start until after the birthdays in December after we start to think about Christmas! I know what you mean about the stress of putting it all into 30 days but for me, the early Christmas starts, the more stress there seems to be about buying things and less about taking time out to rest and have fun. I’m always in the mood for Christmas music recommendations though so thanks for that!
No hate for sharing Christmas stuff here. I don’t do any decorating until after Thanksgiving, but it’s never to early to start getting ready! Love the looks of this recipe!
YUM! How can we not start celebrating Christmas early this year with the arctic blast and snow in the midwest!? Don’t get me wrong, I’m sharing my excitement with Thanksgiving right now, but I can’t help but take out Christmas lights and dishes etc! It’s just so joyful and winter wonderland-y.
Enjoy the snowfall in IN!
Yummmmmy! Oh course it’s a balmy 75• in Atlanta. It was hard enough to acknowledge Halloween!?
I don’t think you really need to worry about backlash, to be honest. In my family, we celebrate “candletime” in November (we light candles before dinner and sip on our beverage of choice and talk about our day — it is warm and happy and beats the darkness), then Thanksgiving, then Advent, and we don’t do Christmas until Christmas. Then we celebrate all 12 days of it. Then New Year. :) I just stay out of stores and avoid the commercial pressure. Seeing something like this blog, which is a record of how another family chooses to celebrate, is not pressure at all. It’s fun, and part of the reason I read here. You do you!
Like you, I stretch out my Christmas festivities over several months. I love gingerbread lattes, especially the smell of all those lovely spices. Thanks for the recipe!
This looks awesome! Ginger bread stout is my favorite beer, so I think I would love this haha!
Yes! I needed this in my life. I always say I become a coffee addict once a year and that is when Starbucks releases their gingerbread lattes but this year I have vetoed my gingerbread latte love because of how much sugar is in them. This is the perfect alternative! Pinned!
This gingerbread latte is definitely going to be making an appearance on my Christmas to make list! It looks SO delicious. Pinned!
Thanks so much for this post. One of my fav coffee treats. Since Nescafe discontinued their gingerbread latte sachets I’ve been trying in vain to find a substitute. I couldn’t stand it any longer and thought there’s got to be a recipe to make it at home. And this hit the nail on the head. Love it! No more yearning for gingerbread latte..
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