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Christmas coffee: Special treat and comfort beverage


The holidays are a special time for people all over the world. One of the things that makes this time of year so unique is that people are a little less uptight and not quite so rigid in their daily activities. For example, this is the time of year when people allow themselves to indulge in treats like coffee. This might sound rather strange to the average coffee drinker, but it is something that happens during Christmas time. Even non-coffee drinkers will occasionally indulge in the phenomenon known as “Christmas coffee”. 

The actual definition of Christmas coffee varies by coffeehouse, store and individual. Some people choose to grab a cup of holiday cheer at their favorite coffeehouse and some prefer to create their own Christmas brew at home. No matter where it is brewed, or the additives put into it, Christmas coffee is a special treat that just seems to comfort people. 

The flavors

You can find holiday flavored coffees just about everywhere you go beginning in October (sometimes as early as September). Peppermint, pumpkin spice, egg nog and gingerbread are just a sampling of the fabulous flavors you can find during the holiday season. Check your local grocer’s coffee aisle or your favorite coffeehouse to see what they offer. 

For those who like to create their own brews, you can do this easily with the help of flavor extracts like peppermint and vanilla and/or ground spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Simply add the extract or spice to the coffee grounds before brewing. The aroma of Christmas coffee brewing on those chilly mornings is a pure delight!

The additives

Additives include sweetener, cream/milk, hot cocoa mix, whipped cream and candy sprinkles (usually chocolate). During the holiday season a wide variety of special liquid and powdered creamers are available to give your coffee a cheerful boost. 

Some people like to add bits of crushed candy canes or marshmallows to their Christmas coffee. Cinnamon sugar is becoming a popular way to top off holiday coffees also. It is even possible that someone, somewhere has dropped a chocolate covered cherry in their steaming cup! and let it slowly melt and mingle the flavors with the coffee. 

The mug

The final stage in creating the perfect Christmas coffee experience is the mug or cup it is poured into. If you are buying your coffee at a coffeehouse then it is more festive if it comes in a holiday themed cup. 

At home, you can choose your favorite holiday mug or just a mug that you really like. Some mugs are like old friends, very comforting. The mug may have cracks and the design might be fading but Christmas coffee wouldn’t be the same without it. 

Christmas is a time for slowing down and appreciating some of the little things, like a good cup of coffee. It is also the time when everyone, it seems, comes up with their own version of Christmas coffee. Whether you add peppermint, cinnamon or whipped cream to your cup of coffee, it goes down smooth and makes you feel good. It is doubtful that the same coffee would taste as good any other time of the year. 

For some people, the holidays just would not be the same without Christmas coffee. The flavors that make up a good Christmas coffee, like peppermint or gingerbread, are only available during the holidays. It might be wise to stock up on your favorite flavors while you can!