During December our family does a daily advent activity. This year we made envelopes from scratch and then decorated them with all things Christmassy and I added a chocolate coin and a card with a fun activity to do on it.
Every day the children take it in turns to open an envelope. Every day we do something to connect as a family. This evening is Christmas movie night with special treats to eat. On Christmas Eve there will be a box for the boys to unwrap filled with things to keep us busy that evening – a DVD, new pjs and hot chocolate and popcorn.
We’ve been to a Christmas market, walked the streets with homemade lamps, donated food for special Christmas packages to help less fortunate families, coloured Christmas pictures in, made a special gift for opa, decorated the Christmas tree. A Christmas family tradition in the making, and lots of memories to cherish when the kids are all grown up.
|We included the Dutch Pakjesavond celebration in the advent activities|
|One night we sat out in the garden, with the burner going, sipping Gluhwein
(us, not the kids) and eating Christmas biscuits
|One night was Christmas story night – the room lit only by candlelight|
|We decorated the Christmas tree, and made lamps for a night time walk|
Do you have a special way of counting down to Christmas? How do you celebrate this wonderful month with your children?
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