to enjoy the holiday season with children really is not hard! There is an entire "recipe book" for a contemplative Advent - with rhymes, songs, craft tips, stories and treats for the whole family.

'Recipe book' for a peaceful holiday season

Girls gingerbread house

Photo: © iStockphoto.com/ Mzoroyan

Everywhere it's to feel at home, on the streets throughout the city: Christmas is not far off. A magical atmosphere hangs in the air, covered with pine branch fragrance and sweet bakeries, brings sparkles to children's eyes and windows appear in hellen Licht. Year after year, as if by magic, the memories of smells and secrets to Nicholas, on ice and snow, on wishes and surprises back and the need for contemplation and quiet hours in the circle of our family is spreading within us.

But year after year to rush almost through this time, trying on a button to generate feelings that might not want to set ever, lost in escalating Gifts Buy orgies, assembly line even postcards writings, experienced craft binges and endless culinary excellence.

For contemplation and come to rest, missing in all this got into boil machinery often the time. In this Advent means arrival (lat. Adventus), in that time, Christians prepare from around the world for Christmas and the birth of Jesus before. Advent is therefore a time of waiting and quiet contemplation is a time of penance and prayer - the rest. With Christmas traditions, stories, handicrafts, songs - a sort of recipe book for a peaceful holiday season - we want to invite you to spend together with your children a very special Advent season and perhaps even to embark on a journey back to your childhood.

It is Advent

"Advent" - the coming of Christ is near. That is the firm promise of Christmas. Jesus is the way and wants to enter to the people. The story of Advent dates back to the fourth century. In Gaul and Spain the pre-Christmas period of waiting that time lasted only three weeks. These were predominantly characterized by fasting, prayers and good deeds. One hundred years later, the bishop of Tours Perpetuus on an eight-week Advent, which on 11 November (St Martin's) until 06 January (Epiphany) was continue and should be a top priority in the fasting and penance. Especially during the first three weeks of Advent any kind were prohibited from festivities.

Over time, the well-known practice of a four-week Advent prevailed, which begins on the first Sunday after November 26, ends with the Christmas Day on December 25. Still the Church calls today during this time for contemplation on, but dance and party, however, are now allowed.

I knock on

Karl Gerok

I knock on the holy Advent
And stand outside the door.
O blessed is he who knows the shepherd's voice
And hurries and opens!
I will hold sup with him,
Him donate grace unfold light.
All heaven will be opened to him.
I knock.

make candles

Especially during Advent candlelight makes for a great atmosphere. Even better are homemade candles and the children preparing to manufacture a lot of fun.

This requires:

  • Bought wax or many wax and candle remains
  • wicks
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 high tin
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 kitchen knife
  • water

That is how it goes:

1. The wax is poured into the can. (: Crush candles residues remove wicks, filling in the can or case of radicals.)
2. The can is placed in a half-filled with water pot. The whole at medium heat (the water does not boil).
3. A piece of wick short dip into the melted wax and pull out immediately.
4. Let cool briefly The wax on the wick and repeat the process until the candle is thick enough.
5. Then, the lower end of the candle is being cut, and it is suspended for cooling. But beware: the wax remains far from warm.
6. Shorten the wick to about 1 cm to end.
7. If you want, the candles can still decorate with colorful wax sheet.

I'll give you something!

I'll give you something!
What is that?
A silver Warteinweilchen,
and a golden Nixchen
in a niemalenen Büchschen.

Author unknown

What a wonderful smell - Christmas punch for children

Christmas punch for children, of course, no alcohol, but with a wonderful scent heard must be a magical Advent.

Mallow punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags Mallow
  • ¼ liter of orange juice
  • 1 bag Glühweingewürz
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

So the Mallow punch is made:

1. Bring a liter of water in a pot to boil, remove from heat and pour in the tea bags.
2. Remove again after 10 minutes and add the orange juice. Put the pot back on the stove, bring the liquid to a boil and pour in the mulled wine spice and sugar.
3. After 10 minutes, remove the spices and serve hot punch in glasses.

Citrus punch

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 liter of water
  • 150-200 g sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/4 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/2 liter of grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 liter of orange juice
  • 4.1 liters of apple juice

Thus the citrus punch is made:

1. Bring the water with the sugar and spices for cooking. Cover and pull something.
2. Pour through a sieve into another pot, add grapefruit and orange juice and apple juice.
3. Heat the liquid again, but do not boil. Season to taste with sugar while still hot pour into the glasses.

tip
With a sugared rim glasses look particularly beautiful. To this are added on a saucer and a little lemon juice to a second little granulated sugar. Now it bathes the lens periphery first briefly in the lemon juice, then in the sugar. Possibly just tap on the glass floor to remove the excess sugar - that's it!

Knecht Ruprecht

Outside it blows bitterly cold,
who's coming through the winter woods?
Stipp Stapp, speck-stapp and piggyback -
Knecht Ruprecht `s with his sack.
What is it in the sack there?
Apples, almonds and Rosin
and beautiful sugar roses,
also Pfeffernüss for good children -
The others who are not like,
he knock on the pants.
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"Fragrances" Game Idea

Experience the Christmas season with all your senses. Here is a game idea for young and old, who trains the senses and for the kids fill the long time of "waiting".

This requires:

  • A blindfold - cloth, scarf or similar
  • A can or small bag
  • Various "fragrant things," for example: nuts, mandarins, vanilla and cinnamon sticks, peppercorns; cloves; Star anise, fir branches, chestnuts, marzipan balls, etc.

How to Play:

A player is blindfolded. Now he must take an object out of the bag (or box). With great sensitivity he has to guess what it might be in this subject. It must feel, Keyed, smelled, tasted - easy to study with all senses. Who has known most items is the winner.

Niklaus Niklaus, holy man

Niklaus Niklaus, holy man,
Put on the Sunday boots,
Reis`damit to Spain
Kauf`Äpfel, Nüss`, chestnuts.
Bring the little thing,
Let's run the Great,
You can buy what themselves.
Setz`dein little white horse under the table,
That it eats hay and oats;
Hay and oats, it does not eat,
Sugar and cookies did not get.
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delicious baked apples

Hm ... who can resist that? Baked apples are delicious and healthy, and with these fragrant fillings no one can resist them safe. The preparation is easy.

Ingredients for two apples:

  • 2 large apples
  • 60 g almonds ground,
  • 30 g of ground hazelnuts,
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut brittle
  • 30 g raisins
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 30 ml orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

Preparation:

1. Apples Core (the easiest way is with a special knife, with a little patience you can cut out the housing with a long Knife and push).
Mix the second nuts, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, orange juice together and the apples fill it.
3. each apple dribble a little oil.
4. Apples fry about 30 minutes in the oven at 180 ° C.
5. Get out of the oven, let cool slightly and enjoy. Even more delicious it tastes served with warm custard.

Other fillings:

  • 4 tbsp chopped, dried dates (about 6 - 8 pieces)
  • 2 EL Marzipan
  • lemon juice
  • some hot water

The marzipan with a little hot water mix, chopped nuts or almonds, mix and season with lemon juice.

And another variant:

  • 2-3 tablespoons shelled and ground nuts or almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 EL sultanas
  • 1 EL marmalade or other sour jam

The raisins with boiling water blanch in a small bowl. Drain it and drain.
Stir nuts, almonds, sugar, raisins and jam in a bowl together.
Possibly something to admit hot water. Season with lemon juice. The wealth should be firm, but not crumble.

Dear good Santa Claus

Dear good Santa Claus,
from delete our fours,
make of it all ones.
Are a good Nicholas.
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Advent handicrafts

This magical Christmas cards are already a gift to yourself.

Needed:

  • Crayon high wax content
  • greaseproof paper
  • Construction paper or ready-blank greeting cards
  • gold foil
  • Colorful transparent paper
  • adhesive
  • scissors
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • newsprint

That is how it goes:

1. The parchment paper is thick with wax crayon painted as: star, tree, candle, reindeer, angels, etc. Dark reds or blues are best suited for the Christmas greetings.
2. The painted parchment paper is folded once in the middle, so that the wax layer comes to rest inside. On the ironing board is now presenting a layer of newspaper on the folded parchment paper and then again newsprint.
about iron short now with the iron (middle level). The heat the wax runs, the newspaper protects ironing board and iron before eventually overflowing wax.
3. Allow pull apart carefully After ironing the parchment and dry.
4. The construction paper is cut to the desired size and folded in half so that a folding card is produced. However, you can also use blank greeting cards.
5. From the parchment sheet is cut from a piece in the size of the card and stick it out. You can also leave around a framework free, it looks very classy.
6. Now you can it with golden stars, the cut out of gold foil or gold Schneeflöckchen that are punched with holes from the gold foil or laminate.
7. Finish the work of art!

Ruprecht, Ruprecht, good guest

Ruprecht, Ruprecht, good guest,
did you bring me something?
Do you have something, then sets you down,
you have nothing, then just go back.

tell stories during Advent

Children love stories and especially during the Advent season, when they are shrouded in mystery and surprises positively. In addition, stories offer a nice opportunity to spend time together. Make it cozy with a hot cup of chocolate and tell your children a story - it can also be of the Christmas Eve your childhood.

The story of the gifted Nicholas

Once Saint Nicholas came on 6 December to Little Claus. He asked him:
"Are you also been good in the past year?"
Klaus replied, "Yes, almost always."
The Nicholas asked, "Can you recite me a beautiful poem?"

"Dear, good Nicholas,
You're here now at my house,
Please empty out the bag,
then I let you out again. "

The Nicholas said, "You've done well."
He gave Klaus apples, nuts, mandarin oranges and cookies.
"Thanks," Klaus said.
"Goodbye," Santa Claus said.
He turned to leave.
"Stop," exclaimed Klaus.
The Nicholas looked in surprise:
"What?" He asked.
As Klaus said, "And what about you?
Were you in the last year also good? "
"Pretty much," Santa Claus said.
Since Klaus asked, "Can you recite me a beautiful poem?"
"Yes," Santa Claus said.

"Dear, good, good child,
there is a cold wind,
cook quickly me a tea,
that I think is good home. "

"Will do," Klaus said.
He cooked the Nicholas a hot tea.
The Nicholas sipped and ate him to cookies.
Since it was warm. When he finished, he got up and went to the door.
"Thanks for the tea," he said gently.
"Please, like happened," Klaus said.
"And come next year passed, then we give presents to us again."
"Of course, little Nicholas," said the great Nicholas and went out into the cold night.
Alfons Schweiggert from "The Christmas Bunny"

Christmas tree ornaments made of paper mache

Bet this trailer to get a place of honor on the Christmas tree? This craft idea for the Christmas tree, the time of waiting goes by very quickly.

This is needed:

  • Paper mache (there are in bags at craft store)
  • bucket
  • stick
  • Colors for painting
  • gold foil
  • Colored paper
  • adhesive
  • scissors

And so `s made:

1. In the bucket paper mache is mixed with water until it makes a dough.
various motives 2. From the dough formed now - the sun, moon, stars, animals - the imagination of kids are no limits.
3. The subjects are decorated: for example, cut back edge and the sun rays from gold foil, ransetzen a spring as a tail in a bird motif.
4. In the dried figures drill a small hole for hanging and pull a thread.
5. The paint figures, allow to dry and look at the big "Schmücktag".

It begins to snow in winter

It starts in the winter to snow,
so it snows nothing but marzipan,
Raisins and almonds also,
and who likes to nibble,
who has a good trade.
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Christmas in other countries

The heart of Europe, close and yet so far - foreign borders, foreign customs and traditions. For example, Christmas. For although the Dutch are our immediate neighbors, the holiday is celebrated very differently to them: Tell your children but even as Advent and Christmas are spent in Holland. You will certainly find it exciting.

Sinterklaas is celebrated in style

In Holland you go at Christmas, although the church and there is a feast, but there are no gifts and otherwise the Christmas celebration is not very important because it is a big celebration in Holland Nikolaus.

Santa Claus is in Holland "Sinterklaas", He is not only the bearer of gifts for the children, but also the patron saint of sailors. On the last weekend of November visited the "Sinterklaas" the port cities with a ship. Pride rides this then on his white horse with his servant, the "Zwarte Piet"On land, wearing the red coat bishop and the bishop's cap. When the bells ring and he rides through the crowd, he is acclaimed by young and old, and his songs are sung in honor.

On the day of his arrival, each child is in Holland excited - a boot is set up with a small wish it, so "Sinterklaas" well yes forgets to be desired. And his horse is thought - a bucket of water, a carrot and a little hay is provided to allow the horse to the long rides can strengthen again. For it is rumored that the "Sinterklaas" and the "Zwarte Piet" night ride from roof to roof and throw small gifts through the chimney.

On December 5, the children receive their presents and happy that "Sinterklaas" has thought of all wishes and that the horse has enjoyed the special touches, because everything has been eaten. In the evening a hearty feast is then celebrated with the family. For each gift has a funny Nicholas poem in which each family member is spoofed. And all the poems are from "Sinterklaas" personally signed. And if the "Sinterklaas" is pulled out of the country, there is to buy Christmas trees, which are then beautifully decorated by the families everywhere.

Singing in Advent

Common crafting, baking, reading ... and of course the singing is also part of a beautiful Christmas season this. If you have not prepared the texts, here is a reminder:

Niklaus evening

Refrain:
Let us be happy and cheerful
and we rejoice in the Lord!
Funny, funny, tral - le - ra - la - la,
soon Niklaus is here this evening, soon Niklaus is evening there.

Soon, from our school,
then we draw happily home.
Funny funny ...

Then I add to the plate,
Niklaus puts it certainly something.
Funny funny ...

If the plate on the table,
I sing again happy and fresh.
Funny funny ...

When I sleep, I dream:
Now brings Niklaus something for me.
Funny funny ...

When I got up,
I run fast towards the plate.
Funny funny ...

Niklaus is a good man,
one can not praise enough.
Funny funny ...
From the Hunsrück

Advent

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
How loyal are your leaves!
You're green not only in the summertime,
No, even in winter when it snows.
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
How loyal are your leaves.

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
I like you very much!
How often has not at Christmas time
a tree from you me excited!
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
I like you very much.

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
your dress wants to teach me something:
hope and resistance
gives comfort and strength at all times.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
your dress will teach me something.

Melody: Folk
Text: Joachim A. Zamack (1820)

Christmas tree, with green fingers
throbs to the low little window.
And the moon, the silent listener,
throwing in his golden light.
Heinrich Heine

book tips

The House book of the Christmas season
by Rotraut Susanne Berner
Gerstenberg Verlag
ISBN-10: 3836951746
ISBN-13: 978-3836951746
Price: 22,00 EUR

If outside the leaves twirl of the trees and it is uncomfortable, it is high time for cozy hours on the couch with candles, a steaming cup of tea or cocoa and beautiful stories. Rotraut Susanne Berner has collected more than 150 stories, songs and poems that accompany the whole family in the autumn, on the Advent and Christmas period up to the carnival. The illustrations can be small and the great innumerable discover many things and provide a homely atmosphere and flurries directly into the living room.

Christmas time
Iris Schürmann-Mock and Katrin Lankers, Helga Gebert (Illustr.)
Gerstenberg Verlag
ISBN-10: 3836926679
ISBN-13: 978-3836926676
Price: 10.00 EUR

24 christmas fabulously beautiful, painted in oil frame. In texts about the things that arouse anticipation of Christmas in us: So is Christmas to the "forever young Childhood Festival" (Theodor Storm) again - no matter how long we've been coming of age. Quite wonderful.

In the Christmas house
by Franziska Harvey
Oetinger
ISBN-10: 3789166111
ISBN-13: 978-3789166112
Price: 9.90 EUR

Only four weeks! Sarah, Tim and the others in the house are looking forward to Christmas. But before that is still a lot to do: rausstellen boots for Nicholas, bake cookies, crafts gifts and much more. As time passes until Christmas Eve in a flash! In Christmas Wimmelbuch there is so much to discover that the children find the whole Advent season about new - and when they open the 24 doors by little, they look forward to each day on Christmas!

The best stories for Christmas
Kirsten Boie, Isabell Abedi, Astrid Lindgren and many more
Ellermann Verlag
ISBN-10: 3770724690
ISBN-13: 978-3770724697
Price: 16.90

Astrid Lindgren, Hans Christian Andersen, Kirsten Boie, James Krüss, Mirjam Pressler and many other authors tell of nutcrackers, snowmen and Christmas angels, Christmas trees, Christmas wishes and of course the Christmas Eve. The collection of the most beautiful Christmas stories is a true story treasure for the Advent and Christmas season - not only for children but for the whole family.

Rufus helps Santa Clauses - A Christmas Adventure in 24 stories
Ursel Scheffler
Ellermann Verlag
ISBN-10: 3770740122
ISBN-13: 978-3770740123
Price: 12.90 EUR

Rufus, the polar explorer, falls from the clouds: Just above the Christmas village he crashes with his hot air balloon off! Quite exciting, he finds it there, in the midst of preparation time for the big celebration. Of course, Rufus would like to be back with his family on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, however, always comes something in between, and then also one of the Santas is sick. Whether Rufus has an idea how to save Christmas?