Star // Christmas tree // Greta and Tom //
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Greta // “Schnittchen” // sundown //
Archives for December 2012
When you guys are reading this, J and I will be somewhere over the clouds on our way to – or maybe already in – Germany (obviously not with Southwest, ha!, but we’re taking a connecting flight down to LAX first and are then hopping on a straight flight from LAX to DUS).
I can’t tell you how excited I am (well, maybe you have already picked up on it because I can’t shut up about it! ;)) that we’ll be spending the holidays with my family and friends. It’s tough to be away for a whole year and than try to make up for it in 2 or three weeks over Christmas, but it’s definitely a very intense, wonderful time every time.
As always, I’ll be trying to update a few times “from the road”, but don’t be too surprised if it might be a little quieter around here the next few weeks. Regular posting will resume after January, 6 at the latest!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the holiday season! It’s such a special time of the year!
This is a regular feature post on my blog. See the archives here.
- Being told that I don’t need to buy a gift for X, but then receiving a gift from X in the mail. AWKWARD. Good thing that I had planned to buy a gift anyway.
- How Christmas, in a way, always sneaks up on us, right?
- 4 days until we leave for Germany. I am so ready for some time off and quality time with family and friends.
- Our teeny, tiny Christmas tree. It’s not even really a tree, but it makes my heart so happy.
- A meetup with my dear blog friend Lisa two weeks ago (see photo above). I know I am a little late in mentioning it, but it’s still worth sharing: we had a great time catching up over dinner and I am so happy she was able to squeeze me into her busy schedule while she was in town!
- I’ve been knitting up a storm these last few weeks and I’ll have a few handmade gifts to give out this Christmas. I hope they’ll be as well received as I had fun making them.
- Christmas cards! The first Christmas cards have arrived in the mail and I love to get mail from dear friends so much! I will take a picture of my display before I leave (hopefully!).
- Early Christmas gifts! Since I won’t really be lugging all the gifts to Germany and back, J and I will already exchange small gifts before we leave and I’ve gotten a few gifts from friends already! So much fun!
Happy Thursday, peeps!
I thought I’d showcase some of the handmade Christmas cards that I made this year. It’s been quite the production (I made about 70 cards and I still need more and am supplementing with some photo cards for family and some friends). Making cards is a long-standing tradition for me. Way back when I still lived in Germany, I used to get together with a friend for a couple of weekends before Christmas and we would make all our cards together. We drank copious amounts of tea, ate Christmas cookies, listened to Christmas music and crafted. I miss that. Doing it by myself is just not the same, but it’s something that I still do and enjoy to do every year!
My cards used to be more time-consuming and elaborate when I had to make fewer cards, but I had to streamline the process a bit in the last few years due to the sheer volume of cards I (happily!) send out every year. I still think it adds a nice personal touch to the holidays! I don’t think I could ever give up on sending Christmas cards!
Do you send Christmas cards or do you think it’s unnecessary and old-fashioned?
I can’t believe in two weeks is Christmas! This holiday season is flying by!
I lit our the second candle on our advent tray yesterday (yeah, I know it’s not anything close to an advent wreath by a long shot, but better than nothing!). Don’t you love my arrangement of the Willow tree figurines that are standing by? :)
Germany had (a lot!) of snow this last week and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. I really want a white Christmas! My only worry is that the snow might interfere with our travel plans, but at least we have a direct flight from LAX to DUS and we won’t be having a stop-over in London this time. Hopefully the weather will be agreeable next Sunday/Monday!
We spent the whole weekend preparing for out trip (we’re leaving in less than a week!), running errands, deep-cleaning our whole apartment (so that we won’t be coming back to a filthy place!), working on my Christmas cards and preparing packages that need to be sent out. I also had some time to knit, drink tea and watch some Christmas movies (e.g. ‘You’ve got mail’. Love it!).
I really, really love the holiday season. I wish it would last a little longer than it usually does.
Other good things this weekend:
Vanilla tea ♥ Christmas shopping ♥ crocheting ♥ reading ♥ decluttering ♥ watching movies ♥ sunshine ♥ mint chocolate thins ♥ candles ♥ warm socks ♥ blankets ♥ holiday cards from dear friends ♥