This last week felt very productive. I finally got started on my holiday to-do list and it felt really good to check things off — like ordering gifts (for people overseas), getting our holiday cards ready to be sent out, and most importantly baking Christmas cookies last weekend. I used to enjoy putting little packages together for people far away but you can’t really do this anymore (at least for overseas friends). Postage has become ridiculously expensive and customs regulations have been tightened to a point where a “gift” package can’t have a value of more than 45€, so you can’t even send one big package with multiple things because then the recipient has to physically pick up the package at the customs office and possibly pay important taxes on the gifts. It takes the fun out of sending anything anymore. Sigh.
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Sorry, I didn’t want to come here to complain but this really puts a damper on my holiday spirit. And on top of that, the world is just such a heavy place right now. While I try to focus on the good things in my life and be thankful for everything I have (like access to food and water, a warm place to sleep at night, etc.), it’s hard to ignore the sadness around us. Plus, a few friends have been traveling to Germany for Christmas and while I am so excited and happy for them, I am also a tiny bit jealous. I always miss my family more than usual around this time of year (but I can’t help to also just be thankful that they’re safe where they are).
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I am happy to report that I’ve at least managed to watch one Christmas movie so far (and no, it wasn’t one of the classics but one on Amazon Prime that a friend on Instagram recommended. I just wanted to watch something that I hadn’t seen and it was a nice Christmas romance with a Groundhog Day vibe. It’s with Mark-Paul Gosselaar who I might have had a tiny crush on back in the days of “Saved by the Bell ” LOL ).
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I almost forgot that I promised a little end-of-NaBloPoMo giveaway for all participants who commented on my blog post from November, 30. I apologize. But I have now determined the winner of the gift card. To be transparent, I included 15 comments by individual participants in the drawing and the random number generator spit out the number 10.
The 10th comment of people who participated was from Kae and I’ll be sending her a gift card of her choice (Starbucks or Amazon)*. Congratulations to you, Kae! Keep an eye out for an email!
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A couple of good things this week: I swapped Christmas cookies (and some office gossip) with my coworker when I went to the office yesterday and I got to take some Peloton holiday rides with friends this week. I also received a few more holiday cards (THANK YOU!) and a couple of packages that I did not order, which I assume to be Christmas presents from far away friends (so they’ve been put under the tree for now). I can’t believe Christmas is only a little over a week away.
How are you feeling this week? Are you on top of your holiday stuff, or just muddling through like me?
*This giveaway is not sponsored or paid for. The gift card was purchased with my own money.