Eloise is one of my all-time favorite children’s characters. She’s bright and witty and she lives in the Plaza hotel, which is, like, the coolest thing ever. You have a pool, gym, sauna, 5-star room service, and more right at your fingertips! I would not be so jealous if she was living in a Motel 6. Eloise is spunky and I could definitely see her annoying all of the staff in the hotel because her mom just left her with a nanny who probably needs a damn break. Eloise at Christmastime is another look inside the lavish life this child lives.
The story opens with Eloise decorating for Christmas on Christmas Eve. Like why didn’t you start decorating on December 1? This seems like very poor organization on someone’s part. She’s also running through the halls singing Christmas carols. This book was written in the 50s, so they weren’t even blessed with Mariah Carey’s renditions yet. I love that Eloise is the epitome of childhood chaos and creativity. She writes Merry Christmas on the wall of hallway. Someone has to clean that.
On Christmas morning Eloise opens up a diamond necklace, and then it mentions that “her pigeon friend gave birth.” I don’t know, man. Maybe they should send Eloise to school so she can make some real friends because this is sweet, but also very sad. At least her nanny is there for her, and Eloise seems grateful for the people she is surrounded by.
It’s a little bit depressing that even at Christmas her parents couldn’t be bothered to come home or fly her out to wherever they are. Honestly, I have no idea what they do or why they’re gone, but at some point they end up in Moscow so maybe spies?
I found a drink recipe from The Cocktail Project called the Naughty List Hot Chocolate, which seems fitting as I imagine Eloise could very well be found on the naughty list.
What you’ll need:
- One part vodka (because of her Russian spy parents)
- 1/2 part peppermint schnapps
- Hot chocolate
- Whipped cream
- Candy canes
- Cherries (the recipe calls for it, but it’s not my thing so I’ll be leaving it out of mine)
Rim a mug with crushed candy canes, pour all ingredients into a mug, and pile that whipped cream high, girl! And I guess you can top it with cherries, too, but I’m definitely not doing that.
For anyone interested, you can sip on this while watching the movie version on the Hallmark Channel this holiday. And you’ll need the booze because it’s the Hallmark Channel.