Christmas Decorations… – Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 8 – Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge

I have mentioned before, that in my family the Christmas tree is revealed on the 24th of December, this way it can be fully enjoyed during the twelve days of Christmas. Some people have the tradition to take it down on Epiphany after letting all the candles burn to the end, others, according to wikipedia, wait until the beginning of February to take down the tree.

On the 22nd or so, I saw someone put their Christmas tree into a tree bag outside of their house for pickup, a bit too early, and I have seen quite a few trees collected in the nearby park yesterday (some years as early as the morning of the 25th you can find out chucked out trees…). If we would do that, then we’d have either no tree at all, or get rid of it after too little time.

So today, on the 3rd day of Christmas I want to join in Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 8 – Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge by sharing what’s on top of the tree, but also what else you can found in the room dedicated to Christmas. Sorry for the quality of the pictures, the lighting was not optimal…

This angel sits atop the tree. If I recall correctly he was a present my paternal grandmother made for my parents. Over the years his face made from wax has lost it’s contours. When I was little, he was holding candles in his hands, but they melted with the heat from tree’s candles below.

Christmas 2015

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Merry Christmas! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Joyeux Noël!

Snow in Zakopane

I would like to wish you a very nice Christmas! That you will make a lot of happy memories during these 12 festive days to come, that you will share good times with your loved ones. Let your heart and mind come to peace, feel the magic, and listen to the silence, just like the one we can hear when the world is covered by a layer of thick snow just like on the picture above.

I took this photo in 2009 in November while discovering the town of Zakopane in Poland. For me this image is just so peaceful, beautiful and simple. And I love using it for my Christmas cards. So this year, it is the Christmas card for all my readers.

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Merry Christmas!

Joyeux Noël!


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Advent Calendar Day 6: Nikolaus I Still Believe!

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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…

IMG_3889 Wow! What happened here? Outside of our apartment my tiny boots were overflowing with chocolates, mandarines, almonds and nuts, there were some fir branches to decorate the treasures. Saint Nikolaus had filled my polished boots, and he had been very generous (my mother admitted years later that he had help from some of the neighbours). I was never too naughty, never was I punished by the symbolic reception of a whip (like coals in stockings). It was truly magic, and this magic lasted all the way through my childhood until I left home for my studies. This year it will be time to let the magic come back in. But before the tiny blue boots of my daughter will have to be polished, because Nikolaus does not like dirty boots… Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 6: Nikolaus I Still Believe!”

Rare repairs – Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Funny Or Strange Signs

This weekend, my family and I went on a very long walk in Paris, it was our thanksgiving walk. We went to republic and made our way through the sights of flowers and candles by the Bataclan. It was definitely strange, and difficult to grasp (I will probably write about it towards he end of December).

But the heart wrenching part of our walk was only limited in time. I discovered many streets that I had never been in before. There was a tiny café with only two tables, even though it was tiny it was inviting.

One of the things that captured my attention was a little sign advertising a repair service for umbrellas and ombrelles. What a great service in a world where umbrellas litter bins after each windy rain.

Sign

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A big thank you!

Advent Sunday, Advent CrownOh my, there are two days in my perfect posting month, and I am really struggling. So today I would like to thank you my readers!

Thank you for reading, thank you for encouraging me to write and be creative. Thank you for all your comments and compliments! (I will try to make my way through that commenting backlog). Thank you for having shared posts this months and the other months too of course. This month turned out impressive in terms of page views.

I want to thank all of the bloggers who agreed to participate in the advent calendar that will be happening on this blog between the 1st and the 24th of December! Thank you so much! Continue reading “A big thank you!”

If we were having coffee 28 November 2015

IMG_3829 If we were having coffee, then I would tell you that I am about to step outside, to go to my parents’ apartment to see my family. So that means that I won’t be around much.

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, it was great with a lot of good food. Today the celebration continues, we will be visiting Paris, not sure what yet. And eating a lot of food, hey it’s Thanksgiving… So that means I might actually have you join me for coffee in a café this week. Continue reading “If we were having coffee 28 November 2015”

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

fondation Louis Vuitton, ThanksgivingToday is Thanksgiving, a celebration that my family fully embraced while living in the US and exported to Europe.

My first Thanksgiving was celebrated 15 years ago in New York with my mom’s cousin. I don’t recall the turkey, the food or anything really. I have a small recollection of the decoration of the apartment. But I remember one thing: we watched so many Indiana Jones movies that I eventually fell asleep in front of the TV.

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Poetic Images

seashells in waterEven though our trip to Normandy this September was very short in days, we arrived a Monday and left a Wednesday after all, we definitely managed to make the most of our trip.

In the morning before heading home, we purchased a lot of fish and headed for a walk along the seaside. It was low tide again, but the changes from one day to the next were remarkable. By the sea every day is unique. Of course every day is unique everywhere, just by the sea we realise this a lot easier. Continue reading “Poetic Images”

Never Quit

I recall a poster that was located outside the library of my middle school, on it was a Macintosh menu (from the late 90s) the curser had selected “Never Quit” (normally on a mac it would say quit here).

The first time I saw this was over 15 years ago, and the last time I did was a bit over 12 years ago, but I still remember very well. I guess that the way the message of never quitting was conveyed struck a chord with me. Continue reading “Never Quit”

If we were having coffee 21 November 2015

If we were having coffee, then I would greet you with a smile and a hug. I would propose that we sit down for a warm cup of tea and a chat.

You would probably ask me a whole lot of questions, which is understandable seen recent events here in Paris. I would assure you that I am fine, I’d underline that writing over the last few days has helped me a whole lot digest what happened. I am grateful for all the supportive comments I received over the last week, they have been truly heartwarming and touching. I’d also like to thank the person who added my post to the coffee share linky last week.

After talking about all the serious things, we’d move on to lighter topics. You’d probably notice how my apartment suddenly seems bigger. The scaffolding was taken down about a week and a half ago, and it does feel more spacious, the power of optical illusion…
I’d talk a bit about my daughter who is very clingy at the moment, she is teething again and wants to be hugged all the time (she wants to be hugged all the time anyways, but now it is a bit more). She has tried herself as an installation artist at my parent’s house the other day.

Installation art

I’d probably tell you about my teaching adventures. I am seriously wondering if teachers teach or if they just expect their students to know. I don’t mind teaching history (some of my students have history and literature in German, as they are in international sections), but what I think a bit worrying is that it is expected of the kids to teach themselves everything on their own and to understand texts that are over 500 years old without any background knowledge. It’s not as if they were university students…

If we were having coffee, then I’d tell you that my NaNoWriMo project is currently on hold, I just could not continue. But don’t worry, I will get back to it, just I won’t finish 50000 words in November. What counts for me is that I started writing a bit more seriously.
I would be all excited about one thing, my blog has been copying my daughter and is experiencing a growth spurt! Now it’s the first month in which I got past the 1000 views/month, current tally for November is 1134 views (best before that was September with 715 views). I suppose that daily posting has it’s effects, but also the confidence that I have gained lately.

How are you doing? What are your plans for the weekend? For the week to come? What are your projects for Thanksgiving? We have a family reunion on Thanksgiving my dad’s father, brother and sister all come with their families, and my best friend is invited too! If I remember correctly we will be 19 people!

Before I forget, I have a project in the works for December, I want to turn my blog into an advent calendar. Sharing traditions, photos, memories, christmassy short stories. And I was wondering if maybe a few of my readers want to be part of it as a guest? Maybe to share a christmas (or that of another holiday you might celebrate in December) family/national tradition, a memory or a nice wintery/christmassy/festive story? Do let me know 🙂

I do wish you a great weekend with lots of joy! Go on check out the other coffee share posts over on Diana’s Blog Part-Time Monster and join the linky yourself!


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