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Day 10 | Advent Calendar

Today was meant to be for a guest, someone had come forward and asked that I reserve the 10th of December in the Calendar for their contribution. Sadly the contribution has not arrived. Thus I am improvising and providing a link to one of the Advent Posts I wrote for last year’s calendar.

A German Christmas Most of my blog’s readers know this, I am German, but grew up in Germany the US and France. Still Christmas stayed a completely German affair. Not all parts of Germany are very C…

Source: Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas

(if you are interested in contributing, there are still dates to be filled, just drop me a line).

Why He Came by Rachel Rawls | Day 9 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Day 9 | Advent Calendar

Why He Came by Rachel Rawls

This Christmas poem was written by my mother. I would like to share it with you, with her permission, to get into the spirit of the holidays. It’s a poem about the Christian holiday and the meaning behind it.

 

“Why He Came”

 

The Christmas tree

Shines full of light

Presents below

Stockings hung tight

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Let this be my first ever reblog!

I am so happy that many brilliant bloggers are contributing to the advent calendar! I find myself in a compromising situation, not enough people have overcome their shyness and want to contribute. The calendar still needs about 10 contributors and many next week!
So if you want to join the fun, or know someone who should, then please come forward!

Thank you!

Have a great Advent Season!

Solveig Werner

It’s almost time for the annual Advent Calendar

All I need is your contribution and for time to pass a little slower so that everyone can be creative and I can review and set up the posts.

the world of orchidsLast year I had the crazy idea to host a multi-contributor advent calendar. It worked great and many contributors found new readers and friends and many of loyal readers found blogs they enjoy reading. Memories, stories and traditions were shared. If you want an idea, then see here.

This year, I am looking for 24 contributions let’s make that 25 to start in style on the first advent Sunday with a pre-calendar post (I might accept more to do super Advent Sundays).

So what am I looking for?

For this year I thought that stories should take the centre stage. Flash and micro fiction, longer short stories, stories told through poems…

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Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely | Day 8 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely

The cold winds of winter blew outside the cottage. Franz and Helga were the brother and sister who lived inside the cottage. They had been farmers once but that was a long time ago.

Franz and Helga had boarded up their windows against the chill. They had little food on the table but Franz was too old and Helga was too infirm; neither could brave the storm to collect more.

“I told you we should have hired help,” said Franz.

“What good would that have done?” said Helga.

“We could have continued working the land, and we would have food to eat,” said Franz.

“We will make money when we sell the merchandise,” said Helga.

Helga was convinced that their hand-carved toilet roll holders would catch on with the locals. Franz was not so sure, but he could not argue with his sister when she had an idea. So far, he had been patient. That night he might have pressed the issue, but there came a knock at the door. Continue reading

If only by Eric Klingenberg | Day 7 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Day 7 | Advent Calendar

If only by Eric Klingenberg

If only

If only Christmas was less about producing the perfect day and more about relaxing and being yourself.

If only Christmas was less about giving and receiving things and more about giving time.

If only Christmas were less about a baby born 2000 years ago, and more about helping others now.  Continue reading

My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent | Day 6 | Advent Calendar 2016

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My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent

‘Let’s go to Geneva for Christmas,’ my friend said.

It was late autumn 2004 and we were taking French classes. As our vocabulary was expanding, my friend had a bright idea of putting that knowledge into practice.

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The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard | Day 5 | Advent Calendar 2016

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The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard

With the world outside the window a backdrop of darkness, the Christmas tree shone like a beacon of hope. A warm glow emanated from the twinkling lights. They illuminated the living room in a soft orange hue. The small living room danced to life with the glitter of the presents under the tree, the sheen of the white marble over the crackling fireplace, and the sparkle of bobbles and ornaments hung from the pine.

I curled up on the sofa. With my legs tucked up against my chest, a mug of steaming cocoa warming my fingers, I gazed at the scene laid out before me.

It was perfect. Continue reading