Advent Calendar Day 6: Nikolaus I Still Believe!

Nikolaus I Still Believe! Saint Nicolaus Day has always been one of my favourite, favourite holidays! This means that I have books worth of memories that come with it, maybe not books, but I could do a several posts on the subject... Wow! What happened here? Outside of our apartment my tiny boots were overflowing … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 6: Nikolaus I Still Believe!

Advent Calendar Day 5: My First Christmas in California by Evelyne Holingue

My First Christmas in California by Evelyne Holingue “You’ve got to see something,” my husband said, right after picking our eleven-month-old daughter and me up at the San Francisco airport. We had left Paris on December 22, more than twenty hours ago, and I wondered what could a Parisian have never seen that couldn’t wait … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 5: My First Christmas in California by Evelyne Holingue

Advent Calendar Day 4: Cherry Blossoms and Snowflakes

Cherry Blossoms and Snowflakes When growing up my mother used to read an Advent Calendar book to my sister and myself. On the fourth of December it was the day the characters int he book found out about Saint Barbara. Since the 12th Century the 4th of December has been Saint Barbara day (in the … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 4: Cherry Blossoms and Snowflakes

Advent Calendar Day 3: Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard

Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard Traditions are those activities which take place every year. They're the things we look forward to, and one of the best times for them to occur is during the holidays. The holidays come around every year. Same day, same time, same tradition. My family wasn't one to have a whole lot of … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 3: Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard

Advent Calendar Day 2: My First Christmas at the Age of 31 by Dr Gulara Vincent

My First Christmas at the Age of 31 by Dr Gulara Vincent As I stood by the door waiting for the train to stop, a large backpack pulled my right shoulder down. I wondered whether my host was already at the train station. I was invited to spend Christmas with E’s family. She was one … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 2: My First Christmas at the Age of 31 by Dr Gulara Vincent

Advent Calendar Day 1: Opening the first door

Opening the first door As far back as my memory reaches, there has been a nice Advent Calendar to make the wait before Christmas more bearable. When I was very young, my grandmother was the person who filled up the little bags of the handcrafted advent calendar, that had been used by her children in … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 1: Opening the first door