Christmas and baking go together like Santa and his elves. When you have kids you want to include them in the process and there are safe and fun ways to do so from a young age. I’m sharing three family-friendly recipes (and suggested parts that kids of all ages can help with) to kick off your holiday baking binge this year!
Every year we send a Nova Scotia tree to Boston to show our appreciation for their help during the Halifax Explosion. We have the full 2018 schedule from the tree cutting to the tree lighting here for you.
Part of the magic of the holiday season is that moment when your family is perched shivering on a curb, waiting eagerly for Santa to go by on his float, and then finally seeing that sleigh and red suited man coming into view! Luckily in the Halifax region we have several chances to make that magic happen for your family.
I know, I know. I’m the same person who wrote about my problem hoarding traditions but I do still have plenty of favourites and, yes, I still add a new one here and there…I’m a work in progress!
Of course we get to our share of holiday parades, Christmas tree lightings, and Santa visits…but, that being said, I’ve been trying to focus on the traditions that are most important to our family and connect us to the community we choose to live our lives in, and so I’ve rounded up five of our favourite Maritime family traditions.
This post is part of a #MaritimeChristmas blog hop with some other local family bloggers.
Sackville filled the talking tree void left by Woody a few years ago with Tinsel. He puts on a fun animatronic twenty minute show with sing-a-longs and storytelling that the children adore. The show is free to all, though food or monetary donations to Beacon House are encouraged. His shows start this weekend and run for just a few days so read on so you don’t miss his visit this year!
If you’re a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you’re NOT a Maritimer, you’ve likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.
This month’s pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It’s a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it’s a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We’ve talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story – one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!
Thanks to Nimbus Publishing who sponsored this post (and provided a book for a giveaway) so that we can help cultivate little readers who love local books! As always, all opinions are our own.
Most Haligonians know the story of how the people of Boston came to our aid after the catastrophic disaster of the Halifax Explosion; and, in turn, we send them a Christmas tree each year as a thank you. To help children learn about this story and tradition, Marijke Simons has written and illustrated a book called The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: From Nova Scotia to Boston. This book is our featured book for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month.
I think it’s especially important to consider nutrition during the holidays when we are entertaining and party-going more than ever. Our little kids trust us to make smart choices for them and the Nutrition Education Facts Campaign gives you the tools to read the Nutrition Facts table properly.
I scroll through my social feeds and see all these “great ideas” and keep adding tradition after tradition to our life in order to feel like I’m giving my kids the best holiday I can…Kindness Advent Calendar? Right on! Make a new Christmas ornament with the kids each year? Oh yeah. Find matching Christmas jammies for the whole family? Sign me up! And YES to ALL THE REINDEER COOKIES!
Last year, my children caught the Gimmes at Christmas. I don’t know how they got infected, but our normally sweet, polite, angelic (OK, that may be stretching it) children couldn’t get enough presents…So this year, we’ve changed the way we look at holiday gifting.