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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 πŸ˜‰

  • Fifi – The Elf on the Shelf
When Fifi got in a jar so we could take her Christmas shopping with us without touching her

Every 1st of December, Fifi, our elf, returns from the North Pole to spend time with us. The idea of The Elf on the ShelfΒ 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.

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Fifi used Teo’s potty… of course it orange juice and chocolate buttons

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.

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The sweet note Fifi left the kids last year on her departure back to the North Pole

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 πŸ™‚

  • 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
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Imani chose the clown in a air balloon last year

 

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
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The tree Imani chose… all decorated πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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’Β 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?

 

16 comments on “Our family’s Christmas traditions”

  1. Lovely Christmas traditions! I must say the potty caught my eye lol. Thanks for mentioning that it was orange juice & chocolate buttons in there lol.

  2. So fun! We too love I think all of your traditions! Our elf’s name is Dizzy Pickle! the kids names him. LOL. I love the idea of Dizzy decorating the tree with the kiddos underpants. hehe. so fun. thanks for sharing this post! xo

    • Dizzy Pickle… nice! The kids also named Fifi. So much fun! I love coming up ideas of mischief Fifi got up to while they were asleep! And seeing their faces the next morning hahaha xx

  3. I also love Christmas and New years, they are my favorite holidays of all the holidays. You have a very cute traditions and totally kids would love that. I also bought a small Christmas tree to feel the spirit of Christmas, I don’t want to over decorate because we are not spending Christmas in where i live where going somewhere though.

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    • Christmas and New Years should last all year through I think. We are also off somewhere else for Christmas… but we’ll carry all our traditions with us… apart from the tree of course πŸ™‚ A Merry Christmas to you and yours x

  4. I love to hear about other people’s Christmas traditions. Traditions are so important, especially to young children. Thanks for sharing, along with the pictures!

  5. Such wonderful family traditions; they’re so important and as your children grow they will hold them dear to there hearts and continue with what you’ve started. Merry Christmas!!

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