Happy New Year

Have a happy new year and I look forward to planning the next Christmas with you!!!


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Have a magical Christmas!


This year we are having a visit from some friends from England and we will celebrate both a Norwegian Christmas on the 24th and an English Christmas on the 25th. We are going to divide the presents between the two days, so we can drag the fun out even more for the kids.

I hope you manage to relax and enjoy time with friends and family, and make wonderful memories. Also I hope you find your Christmas magic!

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The Night Before X-mas Box

On December 23. my children get their  Night before Christmas box. This year I have made each child an individual suitcase inside the box that contains a Christmas mug, a pyjamas, socks, antlers and hot chocolate. I have also added some movies, popcorn and their stockings that they have to hang up for Santa.



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Last minute baking

There is always a minute for some last minute baking. And the best thing of course - is the tasting!!!




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Pamper Yourself Before Christmas


Photo by Tim Goedhart on Unsplash

I started a new Christmas tradition a few years ago that I am sticking religiously to. I have a pamper day before it all kicks off. A day at a spa. and nice food with a friend. That day gives me so much energy to manage screaming kids, baking catastrophes and forgotten gifts. 

But it does not have to be a fancy spa. Take a long walk in the sun while you listen to music, take a long bubble bath or do something else that brings makes you calm and relaxed. I promise you that once you are done - whatever needs doing will be done more efficiantly.

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The Christmas tree is up

We finally got our tree up, and I got to see how well the peacock theme worked! I love the colors. They go so well with our new green wall in the living room. I also love my new wireless candles. I love that they are so long and thin. It makes them look a bit like real tree candles (which I wish I could have - but is way too dangerous with small kids). I can see from the pictures I still have some work hiding the wires and the tree stand - so that is next on my list. Anyway - nobody will see once I put all the presents under.





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Christmas markets

It is a must for us to experience a Christmas market during advent. So many cities have their own Christmas market now. We visited the one in Trondheim, Norway. Not the biggest one, but it had all the important bits. Food, crafts, mulled wine, hot dogs and lots of great atmosphere! We wrapped up warm, listened to beautiful Christmas songs, ate and was very merry!







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Creating Christmas magic for kids




The memories of your childhood Christmases stay with you throughout your life. The smells, sights and sounds instantly bring you back to that special place. Christmas is about doing things together and creating memories. Here are some ideas to make this Christmas magical for your children.

Children in charge day

My children get a day in charge every year for their activity calendar. They get to decide what we are going to do, what we are going to eat and so on. They love being in charge even though they are not making any big decisions.

Let the kids make some magic for others

Find out if there is something you could do locally to help others and get the kids involved. I think it is important for the kids to see how lucky they are, and help someone in need. Maybe they can donate some toys or do a bake sale for charity.


Have a naughty Santa that visits every night

See my description of our little naughty Santa.

Game night

Bring out all the non digital games. It is amazing how much fun they can be once the kids get used to the idea of not pressing buttons. Try solving a jigsaw puzzle. I had forgotten how satisfying it can be.


Winter picnic in the forest

Go for a walk in a forest. It would be extra magical at night. Bring flashlights and a picnic basket. If it is allowed where you live you could even light e a fire and toast some marshmallows.


Christmas stocking

Hang your stocking up the night before Christmas and have it magically filled when you wake up.All these small traditions your kids will remember until one day they have kids and make their stockings.


The night before Christmas box

...they get a box with a Christmas pajamas, a Christmas movie, popcorn, hot chocolate and so on. It gives them something to do while you are busy making all the finishing touches on everything.




Visit a Christmas market in the evening

Don't eat dinner before you go. Try all the special things the market has to offer: mulled wine, hot dogs, churros, waffles and so on. It is a great way to find that last special gift for someone you might have forgotten.


Baking

It is not Christmas for me without baking. It is important to make the activity age appropriate though. The younger kids don't have a long attention span. Make the baking as time consuming or easy as the kids will allow - and don't be surprised if you are left "picking up the pieces"

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Gift wrapping idea

I love making the gifts look pretty. The paper I have used is actually a pattern I printed on A3 paper. All you need is to add a pink ribbon, and it is looking very girly. 



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Baking ginger bread cookies


Baking before Christmas is a must for me and the kids. The house smells so wonderful, from all the spices. I must confess we buy the dough ready made though. In December we have decided to do only the things that we like to do - not the things we feel we must do. We invite friends over and have a huge baking session with Christmas music and mulled wine.

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Visiting Tivoli in Copenhagen


Tivoli is my favorite Christmas place in the world. They pull out all the stops every year to turn the park into a winter wonderland. They even spray the place with snow every day. They make it look new every year, so we couldn't even recognize it from last year. The children go on all the rides, and we adults shop from all the lovely stores and drink mulled wine. They also have great restaurants - but remember to book a table. Another tip is to go on a workday as it get very busy on the weekends. Here are some pictures from our trip this year.











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Our Santa has been busy....

The naughty Santa has been doing his pranks again. Making the milk blue and changing our candles with carrots. The kids also woke up with red noses one morning.






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Saint Lucy's Day


Saint Lucy's day is celebrated in Scandinavia on the 13th of  December. Acording to legend Lucia died as a marthyr in Syracuse, Sicily around AD 310. 

Norwegian schools and kindergartens have a procession of children dressed in white and with crowns of candles on their head, singing the Lucia song. This tradition stems from Lucia bringing  "food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs" using a candle-lit wreath to "light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible. 

Saint Lucy's day predates the Christian tradition though, because it used to be the longest night of the year due to the Julian Calendar that was in use at that time. The pre-Christian holiday of Yule, or jól, was the most important holiday in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.  The Yule season was a time for feasting, drinking, gift-giving, and gatherings, but also the season of awareness and fear of the forces of the dark.


-         Wikipedia


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Making bath bombs

We have had a go at making bath bombs. It was actullly really easy, and the kids loved making them. I used this recipe. Just make sure you add the wet ingredients really slowly. I used a spray flask. 



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Printable giftwrapping


I have started printing out gift wrapping paper for the smaller gifts on A3 paper. I found this pretty gorgeous printable paper at BABASouk. The prints are available here.

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Cosy Christmas


When December arrives I usually have gifts under control. I have done the major house clean, so it is only the finishing touches that remains, and spending time with the family and doing fun activities together. I got this cosy Zoella mug when I was in Britain. It suits my Christmas theme perfect. Gold and green. I also love Tanya Burrs new Christmas book. There is so much inspiration in that book. I could just read it over and over again!

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Gift ideas for grandparents

I always make the grandparents a wall calendar with pictures of the kids throughout the year. It seems to be appreciated and wished for each year.


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Decorating the House

My little girl has gotten her own tree this Christmas. She decorated it herself, and shows anyone that enters the house.


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