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It’s December people! Christmas is upon us! This is my absolute favourite time of the year. Even before the kids came along, Manu and I had our little traditions… getting a tree together, buying one special ornament each year, decorating the tree while blasting Christmas songs. And now, with the kids, it’s gotten even better! I wish I could see Christmas through a kid’s eyes… it must be unbelievably magical. Believing in Santa, going to bed on it’s eve, waking up the next morning to find that Santa has been, and has left gifts under the tree! Can you imagine how mind-blowing that is for a child? And so when Imani came along, I decided to take the magic up a notch.
Our family’s Christmas traditions… so far 😉
- Fifi – The Elf on the Shelf
Every 1st of December, Fifi, our elf, returns from the North Pole to spend time with us. The idea of The Elf on the Shelf is, Santa sends his little elves to families, and their assignment is to check, record and report on what the kids have been up to, small acts of kindness, mischief etc. Every evening after the kids have gone to bed, Fifi flies back to the North Pole, using magic, to give Santa the day’s report. She is back before the kids wake up the following morning, and she’s normally hiding in a different spot than where the kids had left her. The kids then run around the house trying to find her.
Kids can talk to the elf, pass messages to Santa through the elf like what gifts they would like, or why they did something naughty that day. But they are never to touch her, as this may make her lose her magic and not be able to fly back to hand in her report.
Fifi is a bit of a cheeky elf herself, and loves playing games and tricks on the kids. Last year, she covered our decorated tree with Imani’s panties. The other day we woke up to find that she had drunk Papa’s beer while watching TV and eating popcorn… and had made a huge mess on the sofa.
On Christmas eve, all the elves return to the North Pole because that’s when their assignment ends. Its a sad time for the kids. Last year, before she left, Fifi left us Christmas pjs, a sweet note for the kids and even baked and decorated some cookies for them. I can’t tell you the joy on Imani’s face when she saw Fifi this time… of course Teo is still too young to understand, but Imani is taking him along the ride and they are absolutely enjoying it. For anyone with small kids, I cannot recommend this enough 🙂
- Christmas pyjamas and sweaters
On Christmas eve, Fifi leaves all of us wrapped presents on the beds… Christmas pjs! We wear them the same night. We then have a chocolate milk while watching our fav Christmas movie, Arthur Christmas. Am also a complete sucker for Christmas sweaters, I get everyone one, and they have no choice but to wear them… LOL!
- Special ornament
Each year while shopping for a tree, we each chose a special ornament to add to what we already have. I like a tree with a good mix of ornaments, and everyone gets to choose whatever they want… no rules.
- The tree
We’re a ‘real’ tree folk… I love the smell of it. Last year we let Imani chose the tree herself, she was so proud telling everyone who visited that she’d chosen it herself 🙂 We then decorate it all together.
- Arthur Christmas Movie by the fireplace
Yes… we love Arthur Christmas, and watch it every year. I move the coffee table aside to make room, so as to be closer to the fireplace, throw some pillows and cushions on the floor and get cosy with a cup of chocolate milk. My kids are not allowed to watch TV much… but during this period, a nice family movie is allowed. Plus Arthur Christmas is such a lovely story.
- Christmas markets
We have to visit at least one Christmas market every year. We try to discover new ones every year. My love for Christmas markets has a lot to do with my love for mulled wine 😉 Last year we went to Valkenburg Christmas Market, this is in a cave, quite really impressive. We have also been to Medieval Christmas Market in Luxembourg, which was also nice, though smaller than I expected. Of course we have been to Brussels’ Plaisirs d’hiver several time, and still remains our fav so far. But I have heard very good things about the Aachen one, it’s now on top of my list.
So, that’s where we are with Christmas traditions… so far. Am definitely going to add more as the kids grow… just because I stupidly love Christmas. What are your family christmas traditions? Any I can copy for my family?