Seasonal Magic

Last week I had the chance to be a guest on Melanie Noell Bernard’s blog! As she too had a Christmas series going on.

So maybe today, on the 4th day of Christmas you might want to have a look at the magic of the Christmas season 🙂

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The entire season of Christmas is filled with magic for Solveig and her family. Read more about what adds to that magic and leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski | The Sunday’s of Advent | Advent Calendar 2016


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Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski

Dolores studied the bedraggled excuse for a tree. Branches drooped instead of bouncing proud and wide. What once passed for needles, the sparse boughs presented bristles and wire. The bottom limbs collapsed tired and spent, sweeping the floor like broken wings. She had not bothered decorating for years, yet Dolores dragged the box out of the garage a week before Christmas as if driven. Husband long dead and children and grandchildren scattered over the map, she had no one with whom to celebrate. A hand to her cheek, she paused, lost in forgotten memories. What had come over her? Why had she hung on to this sorry fake? What did it matter? No one would see it but her. You’re a disaster. If it wasn’t so much trouble taking you down again, I’d trash you now. Continue reading “Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski | The Sunday’s of Advent | Advent Calendar 2016”

R is for Rainbow #AtoZChallenge

R is for Rainbow

Rainbows When water and sun meet we are lucky to see a rainbow. When in the biblical story of Noah’s arch the rainbow is seen, it is interpreted as a sign of hope, a sign that it will not be raining forever.

When I see a rainbow, I make everyone around me look at it too! It is just too magical to be missed out on.

I recall the little rainbows that formed when I was playing with the water coming out of the garden hose. What a discovery! I started to understand how rainbows are made. Continue reading “R is for Rainbow #AtoZChallenge”

If we were having coffee – 26/12/2015

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you to be quiet, little one is sleeping, she seems exhausted from Christmas…

zotter chocolate If we were having coffee, well then we would like always be having tea, and I would propose some Zotter Chocolates. We have more than on the picture, but these are mine. I had the right to order my own Christmas presents… S and I gave a lot of Chocolates to our families for Christmas, to give you an idea: I got a discount for quantity… In the new year I might do a review on all the chocolates we have at home, after all there are some new flavours to discover. Continue reading “If we were having coffee – 26/12/2015”

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!


© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas

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A German Christmas

Danzig Christmas Tree 2009
Christmas Tree in Danzig, Poland 2009

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 Christmassy, nor are all Germans Christians. Still Christmas is important.

Today, I want to share some of my traditions for the 24th of December, or Heiligabend (Holy Evening).
The 24th of December starts with the opening of the last bag, window or door of the advent calendar. Because Christmas is almost here! Actually celebrations happen on the 24th rather than on the 25th. Today things are different for many Children in Germany, because most will be banned from the living room for most of the day.
Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas”

Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard

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The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard

 ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, 14 looked up from her book.

Gilly, her mother said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus. What’s he say? Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas but I found this antique Advent Calendar in a strange little shop in Greater Petching and thought of you. The man said it’s already full of surprises.’

In moments they were staring at a dark wooden box, two foot square and six inches deep. On one side there were 24 little knobs in 3 rows of 8 but none moved. Gilly left Emily trying to work out how it opened. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard”

Advent Calendar Day 16: A Collage of Christmas Memories by S.D. Gates

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A Collage of Christmas Memories by SD Gates

The Holiday season for me is a like a collage of memories, all with different traditions. When asked to write this post by my friend Solveig, I had to dig deep into the recesses of my mind uncover the memories of my Christmases past. I suspect if I had lived in the same country, surrounded by family all my life the memories would be more concrete and vivid. Instead I have flashes of scenes, things that stand out in my mind about Christmas. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 16: A Collage of Christmas Memories by S.D. Gates”

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!”

Magic Library

When my grandfather turned 70 years old, he invited us (his guests) to visit a boarding school. Strange thing to visit isn’t it?
Well this was not any boarding school, and my grandfather is a historian, so visiting a place packed with history was a natural thing to do.

The Landesschule Pforta is located within the property of a cloister. I did not take a lot of pictures, even though there were many things to photograph on the winter day that we went there. I remember that inside the church there were some decorations that were unusual for the protestant monks that had put them there in the past.

What marked me a lot on this visit was the description of the school life in this boarding school. The students themselves have to ring a bell that marks the end and beginning of class. All students, even the local ones have to live within the school. Of an elitist heritage, it is a rather selective environment. One of the alumni is Friedrich Nitzsche.
In the past when the Abitur  (German final exams taken before University) was far less common the students were allowed to sit their exams in this school when their teachers deemed them to be ready to do so. When the teachers figured that their student was mature enough to move onto university. Taken into account the great presence of immature and very young students in Universities this might not actually be too bad. At that time (if I am not mistaken that was over 100 years ago) the pupils of the school would have to write a final paper in latin, yes in latin, that probably resembles a final dissertation for a current day bachelor’s degree.

All of these little details about the school life, past and present were presented within this library. Packed with old books it seemed magic. My cousin decided then and there she wanted to go there to study, she was very much reminded of Harry Potter. Who can blame her?

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Does this library inspire you?


© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.