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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Pandemic Day Trip with Your Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Pandemic Day Trip with Your Kids

After having 3 kids, I’ve learned quite a few dos and don’ts when going on a road trip or must haves when leaving the house. Now that it’s the pandemic, things are looking different in terms of travel (no trips to far places!), but it’s 

Top 10 Denmark Foods For Christmas

Top 10 Denmark Foods For Christmas

If you were to ask my friends what my favourite thing to do is, I’m sure 999999.9% of them would say eating food. 😝 When I first moved to Denmark, I was very nervous about the difference in culture in terms of food. What if 

5 Ideas For Celebrating a Cozy (“Hygge”) Christmas with Kids

5 Ideas For Celebrating a Cozy (“Hygge”) Christmas with Kids

The 1st of December is now rolling in, with each of us yet still brimming with a bit of excitement, anticipation and huge smiles on our faces (despite the masks covering them). While the masks and social distancing somewhat dampened our usual Christmas festivities, there are still so many great ways to celebrate Christmas in 2020 and get into the holiday spirit! Here are some surefire, easy, and budget-friendly ideas for celebrating Christmas with kids cozy (hygge!) style.

Hygge: “The Danish way to live well”

“The little book of Hygge”

Celebrating Christmas with Hygge

Despite the pandemic, I must confess that am super duper mask-excited to unleash the term “hygge” as we welcome December. To be honest, this word is one of the most used in our tradition here in Denmark especially during winter, when it’s so cold to be outside. 🙂 I would hear it pop up during conversations with friends, but now that I am a mom this word has become the second thing to the Lord’s Prayer, especially from my girls. It’s normally goes like: “Mamma can we do something hygge?”

The Origin of “Hygge”

The word hygge as defined from the “The little book of Hygge” with sub title “The Danish way to live well” originates from a Norwegian word meaning well being. For almost five hundred years, Denmark and Norway were one kingdom, until Denmark lost Norway in 1814. Hygge appeared in written Danish for the first time in the early 1800s and the link between Hygge and wellbeing or happiness may be no coincidence.

So how do I hygge to kickstart December and begin the countdown to the famous Juleaften (Christmas Eve here in Denmark)? The 25th here in Denmark is more like a day of rest after the huge feast held on the 24 of December.

Celebrating A Cozy Christmas Tradition Ideas:

Here are 5 great ideas for celebrating Christmas with kids cozy (hygge!) style this year.

1. Decorating the Advent Calendar

Decorating the advent calendar allows us to hygge while a few Danish Christmas carols play in the background. I must admit it’s really cozy (“hyggeligt”) to watch my girls get so excited.

Plus there are no sibling confrontations as they separate the clay and other products to design the advent decorations with.

2. Decorating the Christmas Tree

Our number 2 hygge activity is decorating the Christmas tree which was decorated by my little 6 years old this year by her request.

Her older siblings was surprisingly ok with that; I think they’re hypnotized by hygge lol. To be honest I think my youngest did an awesome job (but hey, she got the skills from her mamma 😂 ).

3. Baking Christmas Cookies

The third hygge activity is baking Christmas cookies. It’s so great because everyone’s involved but with a different task.

My two youngest daughters cut the cookie and place them on the baking sheet whilst my oldest blends the colours for decorating. Then everybody joins in to help and of course it was a cozy/hygge moment.

4. Advent Gifts

Most households here in Denmark count down to juleaften (Christmas Eve) with julekalender (a Christmas calendar). The way some people do it is purchase 24 gifts and pack it themselves into a stocking. But our count down to Christmas Eve is by giving the girls advent gifts. It basically consists of them opening a gift on advent Sundays along with a chocolate and toy calendar of their choice.

5. The Elf moves in

The next best hygge activity I enjoy doing is ensuring that Nisse (the Elf) moves in on the 1st of December. Of course, I’ve got to be creative by ensuring the kiddies go to bed early on the 30th of November. Then I help the elf move in so my 6 year old can wake up excitedly and yell along the hallway, “Mamma come and see the elf has moved in!”:)

On the 30th, before the kids goes bed, they normally place Pebernødder (danish cookies) at the elf’s door. Then when everyone’s asleep, he normally comes out and eats it. With no question asked I’m sure you know who has to eat that cookie/pebernødder. 😉 Haha let’s just say my sleeping routine will be back to normal after Christmas. And I might gain an extra kilo…

10 Top Must Visit Spots in Legoland For Kids

10 Top Must Visit Spots in Legoland For Kids

Legoland, located in Billund, is a top tourist destination in Denmark. Here’s a thorough guide including the must visit spots in Legoland, if you’re planning on stopping by Billund for a day. Billund is a very quiet town that comes alive with the Billund airport, 

Losing A Family Member: Remembering My Father In Law + Christmas Dinners With Him

Losing A Family Member: Remembering My Father In Law + Christmas Dinners With Him

My 2019 started with 3 adults instead of 4. Losing a family member is something we are adjusting to. But to be honest it ain’t easy and I often cry thinking about it… The day I received the news that my father-in-law died is something 

Visiting an African Festival in Aarhus ft. Kale Nyabo and Touch of Africa

Visiting an African Festival in Aarhus ft. Kale Nyabo and Touch of Africa

One of the thing I enjoy doing whenever my husband has the girls is to visit places that takes me away from my Mamma duties and just allows me to enjoy life away from dem kiddies for few hours or less. I love being with them but some days this Mamma just needs to see and hang around with adults and enjoy adult things at times. I was lucky enough to attend an African festival in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark.

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Visiting the United States: Top Spots in Georgia and South Carolina

Visiting the United States: Top Spots in Georgia and South Carolina

The girls and I took our first girls trip visiting the United States this summer. I was really nervous about traveling alone with 3 girls under the age of 10 years without my husband. But, to my surprise it was an amazing experience despite few 

My Summer Hot Spots in Silkeborg

My Summer Hot Spots in Silkeborg

The weather has been amazingly amazing for almost a month in my nature friendly city Silkeborg. The sun has been shining unstoppable and the heat is turnt up dot com . I can officially say that the Danish h e a t” is having a 

Hello 40: Celebrating My Birthday 💫✨💫

Hello 40: Celebrating My Birthday 💫✨💫

One would think that after living in Denmark for quite awhile, I would have mastered all the Danish traditions and culture but “n o p e” I am still learning. The other day I was celebrating my 40th birthday and here in Denmark a round birthday means everything and definitely has to be celebrated.

My classmates ensure that we keep such traditions despite the loads of assignments and exams around the corner.

My 40th birthday actually landed on a bank holiday here in Denmark. As such, the surprise party was on the last day before our class went for holiday.

To be honest I was not expecting a surprise party at all. I did bring a traditional birthday cake to all my classmates though. It is a tradition I was introduced to after moving to Denmark.

If one has a birthday and is working or studying, its traditional to bring a cake or some famous Danish rundstykke.

After we sang the traditional Danish birthday song, it was time to cut the Danish cake or kage kone. I had to cut the head of the cake whilst everyone screams …

Well as one said, it’s never too late to learn and even though I am 40, I am still learning.

It’s always nice to hear the differences in traditions around the world. Let me know how you celebrate birthdays where you are.

Have you ever heard about this tradition before?

Are there special things you do when celebrating a round birthday in your country?

How to Organize A Birthday Party Using the K.I.S.S. Method

How to Organize A Birthday Party Using the K.I.S.S. Method

The older my girls become the less demanding their birthday party theme gets. Like who would have guessed? At least it makes it tons easier to organize a birthday party on my end. I like to call it the K.I.S.S. method for organizing a birthday