We were supposed to have our first Pre-Christmas party tomorrow on Saturday! I was thinking “yay, wow, oh no, already…?!!!”… and then my child got fever.
I am not very optimistic about rescheduling as the weekends before Christmas tends to be fully booked with all the “Little Christmases” (pikkujoulut/ lilla jul) celebrated before the actual Christmas Eve. (If you are not familiar with it, you can read here for my experience on Christmas in Finland compared to Sydney, London and New Zealand. In short, here Christmas is celebrated with family but “pikkujoulut” are celebrated with friends, clubs, associations, work mates, you name it). But Christmas IS creeping into my mind because it is already almost time to send off parcels to southern hemisphere. So here is a small overview of ideas for the time before Christmas, crafts and events.
- Great reason to do crafts with children, but considering their age and the amounts that should be done AND for it to be fun for everybody, including my nerves, the idea(s) need to be simple. My children suggested painting magic cards, which we did. It was pretty cool that my 4 yo also got excited about drawing Christmas trees and candles and some far more inventive “Christmas-y” figures with white crayon, which the 3 yo excitedly painted visible and glued on not so traditional backgrounds. But at least our cards will be noticed and we had fun (and no, no published pictures before they have arrived!).
- This is what we did last year for cards. I like to send cards with a little “present”, and in addition to the small reflectors seen in those pics we sent salt dough Christmas tree decorations with some cards.
- This year my daughter suggested we’d make some fridge magnets with Hama pearls to send along. Not a bad idea (to make everyone else we know also drown in the items that come out from our Hama pearl factory). To have some variation we realised that it is also quite simple to make eg Christmas present or tree (3x triangle on top of each other) shaped Hama pearl decorations and use them as present labels. Some we also just glued on paper to make cards.
- Here is the sustainable but fun version of it, which we modified a bit last year.
- This year I was thinking, that I’d make a “feel and guess what it is” task for every day putting rise, buttons, safety pin, cotton, sand etc. in the little boxes to create a little moment of excitement (but not using up too much time and energy… yeah, I’m solo parenting most part of December with big deadlines at work) every morning before our children have the commercial calenders they’ve already been given. We’ll see if they like the idea!
- Paper cup Father and Lady Christmas
- Last year my Mum created some Christmas spirit on our yard in a simple way too.
- Christmas lights and window displays, especially in Porvoo in December
- Stockmann window display is THE thing children in Helsinki has been brought to see every year at least since my mother was a child in the 50’s. This is what they had last year there.
- There’ll be Christmas paths around again: Uutela (by Vuosaari) on Dec 7th, Hertonäs gård (Herttoniemi Manor) on Dec 7th, and Seurasaari Dec 14th. Sorry, the links are only in Finnish/ Swedish but here is my post about Uutela last year.
- Lucia on Dec 13th.
- Start the Christmas by remembering the loved ones on graveyards. And it is beautiful!