Christmas, Culture, Pakjesavond

Making December Memories

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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