Hello there lovebirds,
Birds are chirping, first blossoms are out, one would say it’s the beginning of a beautiful spring. Where has all the ‘snow is falling all around me’ gone? Christmas is the one holiday we associate with snow and the cold but let’s be honest, when was the last time we really had snow for Christmas? This wonderful illusion has accompanied my life for years and I might just have to get used to a sunny Christmas and a snowy Easter and yet I like reminiscing about the good old times. The times I played out in the snow with my friends, believed in the Christkind (nope, no Père Noel or Santa in Austria) and the magic of it. As long as I won’t have to give up on spending some precious time with my loved ones, I guess I can handle it. Just like every 24 of December, this year’s most important holiday started off with my brother cursing the Christmas tree. I guess this year he couldn’t manage to get it straight, or maybe it’s just another way of looking at it…he’s a very grumpy teenager (whoopsie he turned 20 this year but according to his mood swings he’s still in his teenage years) so I am a very understanding sister of course. Christmas lunch included a real Austrian Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. Just a quick lunch before rushing off to the next chores that needed to be done before Christmas Eve. My duty over the past few years has become decorating the Christmas tree. Even though usually the Christkind brings the tree, I quite enjoy decorating it. Maybe it’s because it makes me some kind of Christkind or at least I just like the thought of it…Grandma and I have been decorating the tree for years now as mum always had to work on 24 of December. So it’s kind of become our tradition, a nice tradition as a matter of fact. It gives me time to listen to some Christmas songs and get in the mood (which let’s be honest was a bit difficult with 15 degrees and sunshine). This year’s December was very stressful and I didn’t have much time to enjoy the Christmas markets which is a shame as Strasbourg happens to be the Christmas Capital (have you seen my recent post?). That’s why coming home to the countryside is unbelievably relaxing. I’ve been making use of my spare time to see my friends, family and to do a bit of writing and now here I am sipping french Gewürztraminer, watching Bridget Jones and listening to Christmas Carols.
Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs, feel free to check them out.
Merry Christmas to all of you!