On a fabulous Christmas


Is it too late to write about my Christmas? No? Good. Because even though it’s almost the end of January, I still carry a little bit of the holiday spirit in my heart. Don’t judge. I mentioned before that I tend to cling to the past always a bit too long.

I’ve been pretty much functioning on auto-pilot for the last week-and-a-half, because my mind is still somewhere in Germany cycling through all the great times over and over and over again.

So yeah, Christmas was as wonderful as can be. I am basically internally sobbing when I think about how quickly this precious time ran through my fingers. I wish I could have stretched, if not stopped, time for just a little while. Going home and celebrating Christmas like we used to celebrate it for years makes me feel like a kid again. The only two things that remind me that times have changed and we’ve gotten older are the two little munchkins running around the Christmas tree and the absence of my grandfather at the dinner table.

This is the way of the world, I suppose.

If we’re lucky, we are eased into the passing of each year with only subtle, hopefully joyfull changes – the addition of a significant other or a child to the family. Other times, we’re made painfully aware of a change by the absence of someone who was still around a year earlier.

I sound like a nostalgic, old lady, don’t I?

All this to say that Christmas was lovely and wonderful and that I wish could preserve every single minute of it in an air-tight mason jar to marvel at it for the rest of the year.

Here are some impressions:

{Tomato soup with creme fraiche}

{Angler-fish on a vegetable bed with sauce Porquelaise}

beef fillet in red wine jus with porcini, sauteed carrots and celery purée

{Beef fillet in red wine jus with porcini, sauteed carrots and celery purée}

{Mixed berries with vanilla ice cream}

{my family}


{my nephew}

{my great-aunt}

{best Dad in the world!}

{my sister and BIL}

{my aunt)

Basti and I

{my cousin and I}

{Tom and Greta with their Christmas present – a little toy store}

At the end of the night – which didn’t end until 2 a.m. in the morning, I’d like to add – , a delicious meal, good conversation and a gazillion-new-reasons-why-I-love-my-family-so-much later, I went to bed with a smile on my face and a full heart. I hope you’re Christmas was just as special as mine.

  1. What happened to the pictures? Let me know when they are posted.

  2. Everything looks lovely and yummy! And I love the little tree!

  3. That food looks amazing! What a great way to celebrate the holiday! And you and your sister look soo much alike! Such pretty ladies :)

  4. I’m glad I checked back. Great pictures, San! And Greta and Tom are beautiful!

  5. Awww, this sounds so lovely. I can totally relate to feeling like you’re on auto-pilot after a wonderful vacation, but it’ll all get back to normal soon enough :) Your pictures are beautiful, and I love that the little toy grocery store includes nutella, lol! Very cute!

  6. Looks like a great time together. I totally understand how you want to relive it and make the feeling last a little longer.

  7. haha I still haven’t posted photos from Christmas… or my birthday… haha! I need to get on that..

    It looks like you had a lovely time! & that food! Oh man… yum! Loving the decorations on the table, too.

    It is sad when you are missing someone who was there in years past… for my family it’s just my mom, my dad, my sister, my nana & Keith… I miss having my papa there. The table always seems to be missing him…

  8. That toy store is adorable! And, you have a beautiful family!

  9. What great pictures! That seems like an awesome Christmas :)

  10. Christmas dinner looks absolutely amazing! I’m so glad you got to go home and see your family again this holiday season!

  11. Your Christmas looks absolutely perfect, and your family is lovely. Wish I had a family like that and Christmas was as nice as it looks at your house.

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