Friday turned out to be the day of the week where I am all joyful and ready to spread some christmas spirit. So I will grab the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon of the lovely 5 on Friday link-up and spread all the love 😀
This week I was genuinely happy all the time again. Crazy what Christmas does to me as I am usually more the grumpy kind of girl 😉 It’s also a great opportunity to check off another goals for 2013 on my 2013 want-do list. Read here more about it. Okay here’s my Top 5 of last week’s christmas pleasures…
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Here’s my latest want-do accomplishment: Visiting the Christmas Fair in Biberach. Biberach is a small town near Ulm in Baden-Wüttemberg and my father-in-law’s family is located there. We use to go there at least twice a year. Once in summer for the Biberacher Schützenfest (a medieval city festival) and the christmas fair. Though it’s only a tiny fair we love it extremely. This town is so special that it’s always worth going there. Hands-down I have never truly met so many genuinely nice people in one place. The citizens all seem so happy and content all the time that you can’t simply not walk around with a huge smile plastered in your face. It’s catching! We arrived around 2pm got some shopping done and met up with my husband’s uncle and cousin for some drinks. We enjoyed a really cozy and nice afternoon there. We had some almond cookies and mulled wine and we shared a Dinnete which is basically a Swabian kind of Pizza with potatoes and cheese.
There was a crib with a donkey and some sheep and a brass band played christmas carols. I finally bought me some heart-shaped cookie cutters for future Lemon Hearts baking. It was even more beautiful when it was dark.
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On the same day I had another of these wonderful moments I enjoy enormously with myself. When my husband and cousin went to visit their grandma in the nursing home for the elderly I stayed in the city center and settled in a cozy coffee shop with my new book. I did not accompany them as the grandma doesn’t remember me at all and always gets a little uncomfortable with too many people around she doesn’t recognize. So it was better for the two of them to go alone. I just love my alone time especially in a nice decorated christmassy coffee shop ♥
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Most probably the best thing about this week was that I finally found the inspiration for my husband’s christmas gift. It’s a surprise I designed a card showing the actual gift as it will not be shipped to us until January. I SPEND A HOLY LOT OF MONEY so he’ll better like it 😉 Here you see the cover quoting Billy Mack’s song in Love actually. Lines I love to quote
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I made two Christmas Stollen based upon the recipe of my mother-in-laws Stollen she amazingly altered according to my dietary needs. I will share the recipe on Monday featuring Madison’s 12-Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes party. You can still sign in for some days. So make sure to head over to her wonderful blog and participate in the fun.
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This is the only time of the year when you can get away with dark red glittery nail polish as a
boring adult professional project manager/ trainer/ scientific associate. Especially when you consider stereotype gender role ascriptions as you can see here. Watch the video! Shocking yet expected. But for now:
I don’t care – I love it!
The best about it? It changes colour according to the temperature. When my fingers are warm it’s a bright red, when my fingers are cold it’s a dark red 😀 I’m sure my nieces will love it!
So for now only 11 days to go! Love it! There’s more baking and joy down that road!
What are your Christmas pleasures?
Have a fantastic weekend!