This time I have a wonderful excuse for my post only being up today (Tuesday on our side of the world already): It was Christmas yesterday and so I haven’t been on the blog. Not just because we had a wonderful day as a family but because I spend all day cooking and the bit that I didn’t spend in the kitchen I just chilled.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too and what a beautiful way to start the week: With a holiday and most likely spending it with people you like and some beautiful surprises.
• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
• Share this post and invite your followers as well.
So before I share my good thing let’s do another happy dance. As you know I love my happy dances and so I decided to just keep doing it.
And when you are done here is what I’d like to share with you today:
“Let’s be honest, we all love a nice present. But making someone happy is so much more than just giving a gift, even if it is the perfect gift. It’s about giving a little bit of yourself, listening to what the person really appreciates and acting accordingly. It’s finding that one thing that makes the person happy. I was lucky enough to have experienced all of it. From nice gifts to gifts from the heart (and the combination of it). Sometimes it’s the little things where the most thoughts go into. Christmas is amazing. Cooking a meal for people you love is amazing. Sitting at the table enjoying that meal with the ones you love is amazing. Watching the lights flicker is beautiful. May we all carry that feeling into the new year and through the many moments that seem a little bit harder than others…”
This just belongs to my Christmas 😉
It’s been a warm day today. A beautiful warm day. We’ve been over to our friends for the birthday party of their kids. When we came back home the neighbors kids were outside, having a water fight. Our daughter immediately joined them. While I watched them I couldn’t stop thinking about how different the 23rd of December is now than back when I grew up. A water fight on the 23rd of December would have meant hypothermia… here it’s a welcomed cooling off from a hot day. It’s what Christmas has turned into for me. Dealing with the heat rather than the cold. Heading to the beach rather than snow shoveling.
I’m not complaining. Not at all. It’s just sometimes mind blowing how much it all has changed.
Christmas was always also about silence. Sort of. It used to be busy in the town I grew up and still, with all the decorations everywhere it had a very calming vibe to it. “Holy night, silent night” as they sing. It’s what Christmas is to me. No matter the rush that might be surrounding you. Silence can come from within. So even if it’s busy out there, even if it is light till 10pm and even if the kids are running around and giggling and screaming while having their water fight, silence still is a big part of the lead up to Christmas. And while I keep thinking about the difference between the silent night in the snow and the silent night in summer, I’d like to share this Blast From The Past with you about the same subject…
Cee surprises us with a special holiday edition for this weeks Share Your World Challenge. So her questions have to do with your favorite holiday you celebrate during the year, may it be Christmas, birthday, New Year, Hanukkah, Diwali. Since our international blogs are great for teaching us traditions from around the world, this will be about different cultures different traditions. What a fantastic idea! So let’s do this! Let’s share our traditions…
… cookies. It’s really just not this time of the year without cookies. Cookies just simply belong to Christmas, like the reindeer belong to Santa.
December in Australia
I just checked. There are only just under 5 weeks left (or 32 days if not mistaken) till Christmas. It honestly makes me happy. I love Christmas. I love decorating the house and watching the kids as they get excited about putting up one to two ornaments a day each. It’s a tradition we came up with when we moved to Australia. We put up the tree with the lights and then each day the kids put ornaments on it. Like that the tree “grows” into it’s beautiful Christmas-sy self.
Yep, I’m totally counting down the days!
This week Memorial Day was celebrated in the USA . Aside from remembering the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces, Memorial Day (last Monday in May) typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day (first Monday in September) marks summers end. Cee’s Share Your World Challenge this time is some kind of a special edition, dedicated to Memorial Day.
This week Silvain Landry asks for photos of cars for his Photo Challenge SL-Week. While the beautifully decorated mailbox does not feature a car but rather a tractor, it still is closely related to the challenge as the picture was taken on a roadtrip and out of our car. And in a way a tractor is kind of a car too… right?
I actually won one of Silvain’s challenges, the “Tree” one. You can find the post here. The picture that won is the second one. I got his notification this morning and it made me so happy! A good way to start the day 🙂