Night of Lights and Angelina's Hot Chocolate

Last Saturday, was Mammoth Mountain's  "Night Of Lights."
Photo: Brad Peatross
  It was a beautiful display of skiing/boarding choreographed to
Christmas carols with a grand finale of fireworks.

It was actually warmer in the igloo.

It's cold at night time...
but you wouldn't know it by all the
happy families singing and
drinking hot chocolate.

Note: One alcoholic drink at sea level =
two at this altitude...
voice of experience.

Which reminds me...
have you ever had Angelina's Hot Chocolate in Paris?
Basically, it's like drinking a melted candy bar...decadent and delicious...
with fresh whipped cream.
If you can't make it to Paris...here is the Recipe.

Everyone in the family, except Rocky, complained about their picture on our
Christmas card this year.

In case you didn't get yours in the mail...
(notice the Arc de Triomphe and Tour Eiffel and not my hair).


This was my first time using Tiny Prints (I saw their ads on other blogs).
The online ordering was easy, fast delivery and the resolution is better than above.

Can you get cooperation for photos from your family?
Hopefully, we'll have a better one next year.
Best wishes!

Participating in
Open House Party
Voila! French Inspiration


  1. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday.
    Cheers! -susan

  2. The cocoa looks too delicious! I love your Christmas card. Tell your family that I said you all look beautiful:)

  3. That is such a neat light show, beautiful! LOVE your card, you all look maaaahvelous! Looks like you all are having a great time over there, enjoy...I am going back to the kitchen to finish getting ready for family Christmas party tonight, had to come rest my weary feet for a little coffee break:)

  4. The light show is awesome; I'm sure even more so in person! That chocolate has me dreaming!!


  5. Family photos seem to bring out the worst in families, lol! Great picture.
    I hope that you and your family have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Can't wait to try this recipe, Mary Ann!

  6. Wonderful pictures! Visiting from Open House. Wishing you and your family the Merriest of Christmas ever and many blessings.

  7. Mary Ann, we are definitely fans of Angelina's here. In fact we brought back bags of Angelina's hot chocolate that we are giving to our friends for Christmas this year. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

  8. The light show looks amazing! I bet my kids would just love something like that! Yes, those family photos can be fun! It always takes me forever to decide which pictures to use. Next year there will be a dog in our pictures - I wonder how she will cooperate! Have a wonderful holiday!

  9. Thank you for sharing this holiday spectacular. It is simply gorgeous !
    My kids will not allow me to send out photos in our cards without a signed release form! :-) hope you and your family have a fabulous holiday!
    Merry Christmas. xo

  10. I love the Mammoth pictures and have such great memories of time spent there.

    I think your card came out so cute. I love that there are pictures on the front and back. And Rocky is adorable!

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Your card is wonderful...I gave up on the family photo, which is why we "use" the dog!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  12. Love your Christmas card, Mary Ann! Those pictures of the fireworks are amazing! We love hot chocolate around here and I plan to make this recipe on Christmas morning for my girls.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  13. Mary Ann,

    Love the Christmas card!

    Enjoy the holiday.

  14. How fun Mammoth looks and the snaps are terrific! Love the photo Christmas card and Rocky how cute too!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family enjoy these wonderful moments in time.

    Happy Holiday!


  15. Hi MaryAnn! I have never heard of the night of lights - that is spectacular! Your card it beautiful too! This year is the perfect year for us to send out a really great card with the new baby and all but can you believe we did not get a photo with all of us - I'm aiming for New Year's. I do agree that the hardest thing is getting everyone to love their photo... I just go with the one where I look the best :D My daughter used Tiny Prints for the birth announcements and they turned out great! Glad to see you are enjoying your holiday! xo Sherri

  16. I LOVE your Christmas card. It truly is wonderful. I'm afraid that I never photographed well so in my house the Christmas cards were always photos of the cats and dogs with Santa. Everyone always laughed. On the other hand, you all look fabulous...I now have Christmas card envy!
    Yes, I have had Angelina's hot chocolate and nothing else comes close...it is pure delight.
    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the joys of the season.

  17. The lights are amazing! What an awesome show! The hot chocolate looks yummy! Your card is great! You and your family look wonderful! Rocky is adorable too! Merry Christmas!

  18. What a fantastic experience! It looks like such a wonderful thing to do with your family! That hot chocolate sounds wonderful! X

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  20. The lights on Mammoth make it look like "a winter wonderland". My ski's haven't had the dust off them for 25 years! (A long story.)

    Yes I could do with Angela's hot chocolate. Thanks for the recipe.

    Love your family's Christmas card.

    Joyeux Noël et une très bonne année 2012

  21. It all looks so magical, what a beautiful setting for Christmas, Merry Christmas to YOU and yours, xo Kathysue

  22. Mary Ann, that is a beautiful Christmas card! It's so hard to please everyone isn't it? We always say someone in the picture has to be the "sacrificial lamb" - take one for the team so mom'll stop taking pictures!!

    What a lovely light show! Hope you have a fun Christmas weekend with your family. xo

  23. wow, that looks amazing! never been to paris, but i can only imagine that hot chocolate would be on par with some belgian hot chocolate, which i have had the experience to enjoy. it's like drinking straight up melted chocolate. deelish!

  24. The Mammoth Mountain light show looks amazing Mary Ann! The perfect place to spend the holidays. I love your card...both sides! You all look great! We have had Angelina's hot chocolate on every winter trip to Paris and you are right...it is like a liquid chocolate bar...so good, but it makes you so thirsty. I will have to make it for my kids on Christmas. Enjoy!

  25. You must have had a great family vacation to Paris! Great looking kids, too! Despite their complaints!

  26. What a beautiful display of lights! I have to say the Hot Chocolate with fresh whipped cream looks delicious. I really need to try this recipe. Love your Christmas card. I have ordered from Tiny Prints for the past two years and have been very pleased. I will try to post our holiday card later this week. They turned out great. Merry Christmas!!

  27. I miss Mammoth Mountain! We used to go up for the night of lights every winter. But I never got so beautiful a picture!

  28. It's almost impossible to get my family members to cooperate with the camera. Even the dogs turn their heads just before I hit the button! Your card looks great, and Rocky looks very handsome in his red sweater :-)

    The Night of Lights looks like a fun event, and mmmmmmm, hot chocolate! I've never had Angelina's hot chocolate, but I had awesome H.C. at Gerbaud in Budapest last Christmas. YUM!

    Merry Christmas!

  29. Wow, this post looks fantastic and fun!! I want some of that fab hot chocolate now!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your sweet family Mary Ann!
    Nancy xo

  30. What a great way to celebrate the holidays! Love the card.
    Merry Christmas!

  31. Thanks for sharing Mary Ann, Mammoth is beautiful....Hubby and I spent time on June Mountain when we were dating...It was so much fun, love the mountains of Cali! I saw the movie Sarah's Key the other night....Lots of Paris shots in that movie, it made me think of you...Have a wonderful Holiday!

  32. I have never had 'that' hot chocolate...will have to make a point next time I'm in Paris!
    We never got a group shot while in Breckenridge...so no family pix this year! I have not done our cards yet...maybe new years?
    Merry Christmas to you Mary Ann!

  33. I must have a taste of that hot chocolate! :) And yes, I must experience that night of lights. :D

  34. Mary Ann - Merry Merry Christmas. We were in France this past summer and are Angelina fans - too yummy.

  35. Mary Ann, The Night of Lights looks amazing. The best hot chocolate I ever had was in a B&B in Switzerland. I have tried to recreate it but it is never as good. Thanks for the recipe and I will be making this soon.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  36. Wow, your photographs are amazing. I have actually been to the Angelina's in Versailles. It was amazing! Following you for more!


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