We are in the thickness of holiday preparations and checking off our to-do list so it can get a little lost to hold on to all the fun things Christmas and family related. Since we had kids we started to incorporate little things into our Christmas time to just slow down and enjoy our down time as a family together.
Family Christmas Traditions
Elf on the Shelf
I know people have a love / hate relationship with this but to be honest I have loved it this year. I got many many ideas from Pinterest and we had a naughty elf this year. It does not take much, you do not need to buy the fancy kits which are everywhere these days. There are thousands of elf on the shelf ideas you can use immediately like the snow angel made of flour or the sprinkles in the sink or he toilet paper roll swing. These are all things you have at home and are for free.
Decorate Gingerbread Houses
We did this last weekend and it was super fun. I got a premade kit cause I just don´t have the time and nerve to bake the house parts. Make sure to get good sweets and make the royal icing yourself. I have also glued the house together cause we do not eat it.
Bake Sugar Cookies
This is self explaining right !!!
Family Christmas PJ´s
We order ours from PatPat every year and I love our family pajama collection. Brings back so many memories every year.
Choose their own wrapping paper for Christmas gifts
A new tradition I might add. I let the girl´s pick out their wrapping paper and then give it to the “elves” so they can wrap their presents in said chosen wrapping paper and the girl´s can recognize it straight away.
Visit Christmas markets
This has definitely been a favorite of mine. I just love the Christmas market foods and all the scents and lights everywhere. We did not visit as many as I planned due to a lot of sickness but we still managed to see a few new ones.
Pick out a new ornament for the girl´s keepsake boxes
This is a very long term tradition I have started recently. I got one ornament for each of their lifes. One thing they have loved that particular year. This year for example it is a cat for the little one and a Nutcracker for my big girl cause she visited the ballett for the first time and loved it so much. Going to put them in their keepsake boxes.
Writting a wish list
I am writing the wishlist for Emilia and she decorates it with stickers and signs it at the bottom, then we bring it outside in the evenings, so the elves can collect it and look if it´s gone the next morning. I just love her anticipation and excitement in all things Christmas.
Open the advent calendar
We started this tradition last year with Emilia cause she was finally old enough to understand a little how it works. We have a wooden one to fill by yourself. I fill it with little crafty things or little toys cause we get so much chocolate gifted. This year the girls share one and next year I am probably gonna get a second one. Helps them visualize how many days are left until Christmas.
Read a different Christmas book / story every day
We have so many different Christmas books for different ages and the girl´s love to look at all the books and listen to the stories. I really enjoy story time in the evenings a lot. It is so nice to read to Emilia and see how concentrated and excited she is. I get a few new ones every year.
Send out Christmas cards
We have already done this before kids but it is even better now cause who wouldn´t love to receive a Christmas card with pictures of sweet little matching sisters.
it is a great one. The Christmas countdown has officially started. We are done with all of our Christmas tasks over here and enjoying the last with filled with tons of Christmas activites. Today is the annual Christmas party of our line dance group and on Thursday we are going on a dinner Christmas cruise and on Friday we are visiting the Christmas Circus plus I have planned lots of fun little things with my girls at home.
On the weekend we decorated our gingerbread houses and I was looking forward to this for so long cause it is so much fun now to see how well Emilia does decorating now. It is so much fun for her and she is so focused and concentrated. Just loved watching her.
A few years ago I made the dough myself and cut out all the shapes for a complete house but to be honest I am all about saving time and convenience now so I got a premade Gingerbread House kit. I also glued it together with hot glue wich was a game changer. We don´t eat them so it is also safe in terms of that.
I threw away the powdered sugar and the sweets from the kit and made my own royal icing and got some sweets that will work way better. The key is to have sweets or treats that are flat on one side so they are easier to glue to your house.
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