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24 x Christmas

Ho ho ho hoooo…
it’s time for Christmas and here comes our annual advent calendar of winter activities:

1.Its time to let winter in our home – first xmas decorations. It wasn’t easy to stop my girls to do it straight away after Lo’s birthday on 17th November. Lights, snowflakes, Christmas box stories, flavour of summer herb tea wrapped into the winter orange coat reminds me about 1 December.
2.Winter science – fizzy xmas stars
3. One of our advent craft is wrapping paper, this year our theme is fir and star. For this we will use triangle shaped stamps made out of potato:
4.December – It’s a Sinterklaas dinner time. In the Netherlands Xmas comes earlier, so we gonna celebrate it with creating winter wreath. We are kind of traditional in this. We mostly using wicker and dried fruits, this year we will also use eucalyptus leaves. Here are more original idea of making wreath with using wool:
5. Card crafting afternoon.
6. Diy your own xmas angel. I just love this idea. Simply beautiful.
7. Let’s craft some fun…
8. Planing some friends on the weekend, new table décor would be just great. What about candle holders?
9. Kindness elfs will make some gingerbread cookies for special people.
10. I like an idea of ice skating and ice skating in the Winter Station sounds even more attractive. What about you, do you like ice skating?
In 1954, the Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum) found a permanent home at the Maliebaan Station, one of the stations just outside the historic city center of Utrecht. In recent years, the station and museum have undergone extensive renovations to restore it to its 19th-century appearance. The grand station hall and the waiting rooms, including the Royal Waiting Room, remind one of an elegant era of steam, wood and shining brass. Every winter the museum adds to its charm with the addition of the Winter Station. Ice skating is a popular Dutch winter pastime, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Fortunately, the Winter Station transforms part of the museum into an indoor ice skating rink, surrounded by old trains, a carousel and a festive winter atmosphere. Visitors can even roast marshmallows over open fires outdoors.
11. Invite a friend for a dinner ☺ Candles, comfort food, hoodie and oma’s knitted socks… Sounds like a big winter hug,isn’t it? That’s the one reason I like winter.
12. It’s Saturday… xmas market could be an idea :)
13. Light up second candle and visit neighbourhood city… More lights…
14. Kindness elfs – Music for soul. Search for xmas music, there must be some in your or neighbour town.
We are having Christmas Charity concert in the Church in the city of Hague. And if you are near by, please come and join us:
15. What about your made present for friends and grandparents… We gonna make lavender body butter to treat winter cold. Here are some ideas:
16. Home made winter treat … when it comes to the winter holidays, the true Dutch passion lies with oliebollen (fried dough balls) and poffertjes (mini pancakes). Stalls, converted trucks, and pop-up buildings begin appearing in Dutch cities across the country in this season ☺
We call them happy balls, we know they are not so healthy but they make you smile… and it counts, right… Family movie and oliebollen (in Latvia we have something simmilar called „ Žagariņi“) is just perfect happy couple.
Recipe of happy Dutch balls:
17. Winter theater or ballet with classic Christmas story? Last year girls first time went to real classic ballet, they loved it so much, that we made it as our family tradition – at least once a year to join the Ballet or Opera. This year we are lucky to have Nut Cracker in the neigbour town, Amsterdam. mmm… brings me back to the memory lane.
Im sure they gonna love it… as they love to watch it on youtube and ask to repeat it not just once.
18.Kindness elfs will make Xmas for birds :) Let’s make it together! Here are some nice ideas how to make bird feeders:
19. Dream comes true – This day is about little wishes, little ideas, which girls would love to alive and I will be the fairy:)
20. Lighting up the third candle and exploring Lights in the city…
I found this one as an interesting project:
TheTrajectum Lumen is a series of light art installations throughout the city, ranging from quickly changing patterns illuminating a small opening off the Drift canal to the illusory spill of light onto the ground from the Janskerk (St. John’s Church). The lights go on at dusk and stay on until midnight, and anyone can follow the map or app to see them on their own.
The Dom Tower also lights up each evening as part of the Trajectum Lumendisplay, but this winter, it will also be part of the Night of Light at the Dom, taking place November 15th and December 20th. This spectacular event is a large party with DJs and musicians performing at the base of the tower, while light, art, video and graphics are beamed onto the walls of the tower.
21. Twinkle, twinkle little star…DIY Fairy shoes for festive nights.

22.Make your own Xmas story
Some ideas and templates for window decorations:
Make your own Xmas story Templates for window decorations:–7.html
23. Sweet treat for xmas eve…
24. Let it snow on xmas eve:) Merry, merry Christmas!!!

24 times xmas

hello, december!
this year, in addition to our traditional xmas calendar we added a beautiful idea of Kindness Elves, inspired by Ana from Imagination tree :) thank you for this lovely idea… we couldn’t even wait until xmas, so we began earlier. our first wrapped presents are already on the way to children’s homes in Latvia :) this is a great way to show love, kindness and gratitude to kids. we spent a wonderful evening preparing presents and talking about sharing, giving and spreading love to people around us. hug your family, send a letter to your friend and give a smile to a stranger on the street…just GIVE!!!
here comes our 24 magical sacks with letters from kindness elves and ides for our xmas time:) enjoy!

1. create a new tradition for Christmas with the Kindness Elves.
As next of #kindnesselves activity will be DIY present for children in India. In this idea we will support Yoga Gives Back organization and will send xmas presents to my yoga teacher from Yogaplace, who is already months in India and share love with children there.
2. make your own gingerbread dough. this year we choose vegan receipe from minimalistbaker:
3. craft your advent wreath. we usually use natural materials… some leftovers from summer and autumn (nuts, dry flowers, berries, etc.) and we also like to add some gingerbread cookies.
4. make your own table decors for xmas dinner.
we will make napkin rings with recycled material: toilet paper rolls/ papaer towel rolls covered with ribbon lace
5. make a meal and invite some friends.
as we are living in Netherlands, we are lucky to have two Santa Clauses. Ziemassvētku vecītis (in latvian Santa Claus) is coming on 24th of december from North Pole and another one is dutch Sinterklaas (also known as Saint Nicholas), who came this year on 15.november and stays until 5.december – Dag Sinterklaas. We are making dinner for our friend Ana from Portugal :)
more about who is this old man with white long beard coming from Spain with boat and a lot of helpers -Zwarte pieten – you can read here and here xmas tree decors with clay
7.light up second candle and go for a family walk in the neighbourhood xmas market.
8. make or buy a bird feeder and start to feed birds in the garden each day until spring is coming.
There are a lot of great DIY bird feeders using pine cones and other ingredients on Pinterest, this yea we will make orange bird feder:×9-kids-holiday-crafts/’s time to make some homemade cards.
10. snow bird crafts.

11. DIY xmas wrapping paper – we go for polka dot:
12. snowflake crafts. we already made paper snowflakes for lorena’s “frozen birthday party”:

now will try to make glue gun window snowlakes:
13. make an easy table cards for your special xmas dinner – cones with name tags
14. go for a xmas trip to another city, search for xmas lights, hot chocaaaalate and pancakes. we are going for family trip to Cape Verde, so next ideas we will fulfill there. xmas movie on the way….
15. xmas peanut crafts
16. xmas tree preparation… we wont be home in christmas time but i still think it would be great to have xmas tree in our holiday house, found couple great take away ideas:
17. surprise night expedition… Here are kidsactivitiesblog idea: Have Daddy tuck the kids into bed while you (sneakily) prepare hot cocoa in travel mugs. Run the mugs and cozy blankets out to the car and then dash up the stairs to the kids’ rooms. Open their doors and shout Surprise!!!! Get them out of bed and go on a hunt around your neighborhood (in jammies!) for the best and brightest Christmas light displays. The kids will love the element of surprise and the hot cocoa!
As we will be in Cabo Verde, we will attend Turtle SOS organization for turtle saving activity. #kindnesselves

18. give love and donate. we found organization in Sal (Capo Verde), where we will bring girls drawings, school items for children in Africa. Teach your kids the true spirit of giving. #kindnesselves
19. make a family handprint christmas tree and send it to grandparents
20. search for xmas lights in yours or neighbourhood city.
21. read xmas story
22. learn about xmas traditions in your country or if you already know them all, search for different countries traditions. we will learn about Caboverdian traditions, interesting… do they have any?
23. make a list of everything you’re grateful for and stick it onto a happy/ thankful xmas tree or put it into the gratetude jar, which you can fulfil during the next year. hmmm…great idea also for New years eve…
24. christmas morning breakfast – lazy morning in pj, give out free hugs to all friends and family today! Hugs release endorphins and make everyone feel happy. #kindnesselves
Have a joyful Christmas season planing!!!


christmas, merry christmas, xmas

24 xmas miracles

welcome december…
it has been almost a month since i wrote you last time, and honestly, it’s been pretty crazy over here… cause guess what? we are moving to another city… and yes, just before xmas :) as u can imagine we have a lot of things to handle, all those little “musts”…
at the same time we had to prepare for lorena’s 4th birthday. oh boy… that was A party, this year we traveled back in time…native american fairytale…
we have a lot of stories to tell, but for now packing, packing, packing, xmas, xmas, xmas…
aaaaand yesterday i finally made our xmas mood board for this year… even though I was about to say no #tiredmindthoughts
here it comes, our inspirations…


esi sveicināts decembri…
šodien aprit tieši mēnesis, kopš pēdējā ieraksta :) hip hip… ir bijis tik daudz brīžu, kad gribējies padalīties ar piedzīvoto, iedvesmoto, sasniegto, tomēr tam mazliet pietrūcis laika un varbūt šoreiz arī spēka resursu… :) es nesūdzos, upe strāvo, ieņem citādu gultni…
kopumā novembris pagājis krāsainu lapu virtenē: man nu jau 31; lo godpilnie 4 un “īstās” skolas gaitas, un visam pa vidu mēs pārceļamies uz jaunām mājām, jaunā pilsēta… jā, tieši pirms ziemassvētkiem…
bet par to un citiem notikumiem vairāk uzrakstīšu jau no Mastricht, pilsētas par ko paši holandieši saka, ka esot viena noskaistākajām.

pagaidam sastādīju decembra mazo, lielo darbiņu sarakstiņu: pakošanās, pakošanās, pakošanās, ziemassvētki, ziemassvētki, ziemassvētki…
un kā jau tradicionāli arī šogad izveidoju ziemassvētku aktivitāšu kalendāru, pareizāk sakot, pats kalendārs pie mums jau dzīvo piecus gadus (sašuvu to, kad Katrīnai vēl bija tikai gadiņš), mainās aktivitāšu lapiņas, ko pielāgoju brīža emocijām, sajūtām, mazo dāmu vēlmēm

xmas calendar
advent calendar
xmas mood board
xmas activity board

1.light up first advent candle , make our own gingerbread cookie dough
2. letter to the north pole…
3. DIY a xmas gnomes
4. read a xmas fairy tale
5. prepare xmas cards
6. go and see the hague’s xmas lights
7. make xmas bird
8. light up second advent candle, watch ballet nutcracker
9. make cookies
10. DIY snowfairy head accessories
11. DIY wrapping paper
12. DIY ceiling decors
13. DIY a xmas tree ornament – deer
14. xmas poem through the moving process: the Hague – Mastricht… 2.5 h long way
15. light up third candle – enjoy xmas performance, this year with Latvian Voices
16. DIY snowflakes
17. DIY xmas tree – this year we decided to save one and make our own:
18. xmas table decorations – floating candles
19. explore our new home city, enjoy xmas lights
20. make a snow globe – oh i love them, since i was a little girl, so exited to create our own one
21. visit neighbourhood xmas market, this year it’ll be valkenburg xmas in the caves
22. light up fourth candle, set up all 2013 xmas time DIY, xmas cards in one garland
23. have a movie night with xmas movie and popcorn – the sound of music
24. get ready for xmas eve – table decoration, cooking, singing
have you made an advent activity calendar? What are your xmas time traditions?


1. iedegsim 1.adventes svecīti, sagatavosim savu piparkūku mīklu – mums garšo Signes, no
2. vēstule uz Ziemeļpolu…
3. gatavosim čiekuru ziemassvētku rūķus
4. lasīsim zsv stāstu
5. gatavosim zsv kartiņas ģimenei un draugiem
6. pastaiga naksnīgajā Hāgā, zsv gaismiņas
7. veidosim zsv putnu dekorus
8. iedegsim otro svecīti,skatīsimies baletu “Riekstkodis”
9. gatavosim zsv cepumus
10. gatavosim sniega feju galvas dekorus
11. gatavosim ietinamo papīru
12. gatavosim griestu dekorus – zvaigznes
13. gatavosim zsv briežus
14. mācīsimies zsv dzejoli
15. iedegsim 3. advents svecīti, zsv svinības Latviešu skoliņā ” Diegabiksis”, Latvian Voices koncerts
16. gatavosim sniegpārsliņas
17. gatavosim paši save zsv eglīti – šogad nolēmām aizsākt jaunu tradīciju
18. gatavosim galda dekorus – peldošās sveces
19. iesim iepazīt Mastrchti, mūsu jaunā mājvieta
20. gatavosim sniega bumbas – tās, kuras sakratot sniedziņš snieg… #bērnībasatmiņas
21. apmeklēsim vietējo zsv tirdziņu, šogad tas būs Valkenburgas zsvētki alās
22. iedegsim 4.adventes svecīti, izveidosim zsv virteni no šī gada zsv laikā izveidotajiem materiāliem
23. zsv filmas vakars ar popcorn – Mūzikas skaņas #zsvklasika
24. sagatavosimies zsv vakaram – galda dekorēšana, gatavošana zsv dziesmu pavadījumā
vai tu jau uztaisīji savu zsv aktivitāšu kalendāru? kādas ir tavas ģimenes zsv tradīcijas?