May Your Days Be Merry and Bright And a Macaccino Recipe

| November 25, 2016 | 23 Comments

Merry Christmas


It is all too easy to truly miss enjoying the magic of Christmas. Everything leads up to that one special day, and within the blink of an eye, it is vanished until next year.

All the stress over shopping, cooking, receiving guests, card sending, fending off a seasonal cold, can propel us into a chaotic whirl wind of emotional stress.

Instead of really enjoying Christmas, we end up living outside of the moment, thinking about all the things the New Year will bring: will the economy get better, will my career be secure, will the kids make their grades, will I be able to lose this extra ”Christmas goodies” weight…and the list goes on.

It seems as though the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to rekindle that child-like magic that was so enjoyable many years ago. With “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas,” and “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” playing on the radio nearby, my grandmother and I would make her famous meat pies and delicious donuts. Do you remember your Christmas childhood experiences?

As we lead up to this festive time, I invite you to take time to rekindle that magic.

  • Lose yourself in the smiles of children;
  • Play and sing along to Christmas carols;
  • Kiss your partner under the mistletoe; ( I really like this one!)
  • Buy yourself something you’ve always wanted;
  • Snuggle up with a warm drink by the fire. (try out the recipe below!)


Mocaccino recipe

Serves 2
A delicious energizing drink. Maca root is an adaptogen plant and helps improve energy, fertility, memory and learning. Raw cocoa powder offers beneficial antioxidant ands anti-inflammatory properties.
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  1. 2 cups whole milk or your favourite milk alternative
  2. 2 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
  3. 1 tsp maca powder
  4. 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  1. In a small sauce pan, warm milk over medium heat.
  2. Add raw cocoa powder, maca and maple syrup.
  3. Whisk to combine and heat to desired temperature.
  4. Alternatively, steam milk with an espresso machine.
  5. Pour over cocoa, maca and maple syrup that has been whisked in a mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam.
  6. Spoon a dollop of foam on top.
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This could be viewed as a selfish mindfulness exercise, yet it is one of huge awareness, because once you step back and get off that train that drags you through Christmas at 100 miles per hour with little control over your level of enjoyment, a snowball effect will happen and you will start to enjoy Christmas through love and laughter.

Christmas isn’t just the 25th of December, the day you assure everyone else’s happiness. It is a month’s worth of bringing the mind home from all the year’s stresses, ups and downs, fears, uncertainties and doubts.


Merry Christmas


Take a deep breath and enjoy Christmas to its fullest potential, and know this; everything will have a natural way of working itself out in the New Year, no matter how much you worry about it.

So let it all go, be in the moment and….

May all of your Christmases be white…



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Category: Christmas, Drinks and Mocktails, Food, Recipes, Wellness

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Julie Cloutier, Owner & Certified Naturotherapist, Family Herbalist, Early Childhood Educator and Master Numerologist offers one-on-one consultations and also speaks for events, conferences, and corporate or non-profit programs on the areas of family health, nutrition, and wellness.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    Ahh… I love the tip “Lose yourself in the smiles of children’ So important as they grow up so fast!! 🙂

  2. Chandra O'Connor says:

    It’s true, enjoy your surroundings and family. What is Maca powder

    • Julie says:

      Hi Chandra

      Maca is a member of the cruciferous family of plants which includes such superstars as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and radishes. It’s grown for its root, which resembles that of the radish.

      You can purchase maca root powder in any natural food stores.

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve not heard of a Macaccino before, it’s certainly interesting. Though I must admit that I’m a coffee girl at heart 🙂

  4. jan says:

    I like the ‘take a deep breath and enjoy’. Just take the time for, the time, not the madness we sometimes make it to be.

  5. Kristi says:

    I love the addition of maca powder in this!

  6. loriag says:

    I agree it is important to live inside the moments during the holiday season.

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    Not much to say other than this is a great post!!

  8. Nate says:

    perfect drink for the cold days ahead

  9. KD says:

    “Play and sing along to Christmas carols”

    This is my favourite! We always knews Christmas was near when Mom got out her binder of Christmas music, sat down at the piano, and started playing. We all joined her in singing heartily!

  10. Julie says:

    Oh wow! What great memories!

  11. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Oh my goodness! I need to make that! Sounds delicious!

  12. Sarah Alexis says:

    Love this – I can’t wait to try the Macaccino recipe – I could totally use some energy over the rest of this holiday break!!!!

  13. shirley says:

    Hi I never heard of this root thank you for this information sounds very healthy

  14. s powell says:

    Thanks for this recipe

  15. Julie says:

    You’re welcome. Hope you enjoy it.

  16. Cheryl H says:

    This sounds like the perfect little,drink, could go for one today, it’s quite chilly here

  17. Linda H says:

    I have never heard of Macaccino but I like your suggestions of how to rekindle the Christmas magic.

  18. kathy downey says:

    I’m looking forward to trying the Macaccino recipe !

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