Last But Not Least: Day Fifteen

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I’m wearing a T-shirt that says Buy Me Some Peanuts And Crackerjacks. We’re walking along the moat and we find the ruins of a cathedral. I think I like ruined cathedrals much better because you can actually see the sky, and maybe god sits up there in the clouds or maybe he doesn’t, but the sky is so big and vast and full of wonder that it makes me feel tiny and giddy with joy to be alive. We’re dancing tot he music on the street. We find a bookshop. We have lunch in the backyard of a tiny café. Our laughter is still ringing in my ears. I finally buy my own peanuts. And ice cream. I’m sure heaven is paced with ice cream.

(Quote: J.R.R. Tolkien)

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Last But Not Least: Day Thirteen

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Everything is a little out of place here. The shops, the advertisements, the tourists, me. The streets probably haven’t changed since the middle ages, and it startles me to think that some things still remain after everything that has happened. You would think the world should have gone up in smoke by now, but there are ancient buildings that some architect came up with eight hundred years ago, and no one has ever dared touch them. I don’t think we are quite capable of not caring about art and beauty, and maybe that’s why we can never be fully destroyed. Because there will always be that one street that stays, unnoticed maybe, but filled to the brim with memories and heart.

(Quote: Maggie Stiefvater)

Blogmas (Day 12) – My Favourite Christmas Movies

Hellooo!

Now that I have passed most of my exams for the semester, I finally have the time again to watch the occasional Christmas movie. I‘m a big believer in Christmas movies (who‘d have guessed!) and I am very excited to tell you about my favourites!

Three Gifts for Cinderella, 1973

Harry Potter and the Philosopher‘s Stone, 2001

Love Actually, 2003

Rise of the Guardians, 2012

Star Wars, all of them!

The Santa Clause, 1994

Sissi, 1955

Frozen, 2013

Home Alone, 1990

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 1998

I realise that not all of these movies are strictly speaking Christmas movies. But hey, Star Wars VII is released so close to Christmas, it‘s starting to feel like a pretty damn festive film.

Lots of Love from the Roots of my heart!
xxx

 

Blogmas (Day 10) – Anna’s Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

Hellooo all you beautiful people reading this!

Sooo, what‘s been happening today? Well, for today‘s post I was supposed to go to Anna‘s house and bake cupcakes with her yesterday. But because it was Tobias‘ birthday and I had no cake I decided to stay at home and leave the cupcake making to Anna. She has sent me the pictures, though, and they look absolutely stunning! I can‘t believe that little twit hasn‘t come by the book shop today to have me try one!

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I will definitely try and make these in some near headed future. If your mouth waters just looking at the photos, then you can actually make them yourself. And I suggest you do, because I‘m starting to believe I may never have known happiness! (on second thought, though, I did make a pretty mean chocolate roulade yesterday!)

Bild 62 Well then, that sounds pretty straight forward! I‘ve been seeing so many gorgeous Christmas recipes online lately and I tend to leave a bunch of comments, promising to try it out very soon – but then I hardly get around to actually do it. Maybe you‘re better than me!

Have a very chocolatey Christmas time!
Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

The original recipe’s from the Hummingbird Bakery. Also, make sure you visit Anna on her blog http://www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com to say thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with the rest of the world!

Blogmas (Day 4) – The Stress-Detox

December can be a very tough time with Christmas approaching and all the things to be done before the year ends – who doesn‘t get stressed out, right? Fortunately there are a few easy tips which I‘m going to present to you today as to how you best get de-stressed in December.

First, don‘t do Blogmas! Blogging every day just overdoes it when you have a busy schedule at hand.

Second, don‘t work at a gift wrapping station in a popular book shop. Eight hours a day dealing with unhappy customers who want everything to be their way – who does that to themselves?

Third, read a book that doesn‘t challenge you to think too much. A vampire romance perhaps. Anything but titles such as Multiculturalism in Latin America. Your brain‘ll get all fuzzy and weird.

And lastly, eat healthily. Avoid stuffing yourself with porridge and TimTams for days on end.

Okay, I suppose I‘m not doing so well myself on the whole de-stressing issue – but honestly, I‘ve tried this Christmas themed porridge and now I just can‘t stop! And it‘s not like I have the essential time to cook between work and uni and homework. God bless the microwave!
For me to actually take care of myself when times are rough is quite the challenge. I get a bit into a crazy Hermione Granger mode where I spend nights on end reading and revising my notes, and I actually get up super early sometimes, just so I can be at the library when it opens. And this doesn‘t even have anything to do with Christmas, this is just the exam season alone!

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However, what I have found to be incredibly helpful is to take some time out when I really have no time at all to take out. When I realise that I need to rearrange my thoughts and just breathe for a bit I watch Harry Potter or take my dog for a walk. There are a lot of things that can be done in three hours, but then again it‘s just a couple of hours. If I fail an exam because of half an afternoon spent restoring my mental health, then maybe I‘d have failed anyway.

Last night my brother and I went to see Bodo Wartke in Bern. It was brilliant and funny and it really took my mind off things. And when we came back home close to midnight I actually found the energy to sit down at my desk and work for another two hours – something I might not have done as effectively had I stayed home all night.

This whole topic for today‘s post was Anna‘s idea by the way – as if I‘d ever come up with the idea of not stressing about! Not to blame her, just remember to have a look at what she has to say (probably less rambling, more sound advice – she‘s very wise!) – www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com.

I hope everyone‘s holding up fine and enjoying the festivity of the month!

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

And btw! Multiculturalism in Latin America is a brilliant book, do not read the latest Twilight novel instead, okay?

Blogmas (Day 3) – My Christmas Playlist

I think I may just come close to having the world‘s most dreadful taste in music. I‘ll listen to anything just as long as it‘s cheery and easy to sing along. That applies to the Beatles as much as it does to Taylor Swift. And, woohooo! They both have published seasonal music!

So for today‘s post I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite Christmas Songs with you and I hope that when you listen to them you feel as cheery as I always do!

White is in the Winter Night – Enya

Jingle Bells – Michael Bublé

What If – Kate Winslet

Christmas must be Something More – Taylor Swift

Song for Ten – Murray Gold

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

The Fault in our Stars Song – Troye Sivan

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth – David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

One Toy Soldier – Enya

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift

The Spiritual – Jukebox The Ghost

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

Oh Come All Ye Faithful – Wise Guys

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Jewel

And ultimately, my favouritest Christmas Soundtrack is the Song from my beforementioned favourite Christmas movie, Three Gifts for Cinderella. It‘s just beautiful and if you die without ever having heard that music, then your life has been wasted!

I can‘t wait to see what Anna‘s favourite Christmas songs are, but I‘m sure they are a lot classier than mine! It‘s definitely worth to pop by her blog tonight and have a look! (If you don‘t know who Anna is, she‘s my blogging partner in crime this holiday season, and you can find her on www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com – her blog is absolutely wondrous!)

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

Blogmas (Day 2) – Anna’s Fifteen Festive Favourites

Hello Lovelies!

As I’ve mentioned yesterday I’m doing Blogmas with my friend Anna from Tiny Trinket this year. Today we are doing the Fifteen Festive Favourites Tag which, I think, is a nice way of introducing her on my blog (as you will be seeing a lot of her in the days to come). If you want to find out my answers, just visit Anna on http://www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com.

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1. Favourite Festive Food
Caramelised chestnuts.

2. Favourite Day of Christmas 
Since this is meant to be the favourite day of Christmas from the song 12 days of Christmas – None. I’m really sorry to say that as I know that plenty of people love the song but I can’t stand it. It was on the Christmas playlist in the cupcake shop where I used to work and hearing it several times a day for a whole month made me hate it with a passion. Although, I believe it might have been a different version, so maybe I have to give it another chance.

3. Favourite Festive Drink
Is hot chocolate a festive drink? If not, then it would have to be Starbucks’ Toffee Nut Latte.

4. Favourite Christmas Movie
Love actually. I’ve only seen it once (with Noemi, actually) but I just really liked it and since I don’t know many other Christmas movies, it’s not a difficult choice.

5. Favourite Christmas Decoration
I’m a big fan of delicate baubles in pale colours like light blue, white and silver.

6. Favourite Place to spend Christmas 
Home. Definitely. No need to say more about that.

7. Favourite Christmas Present 
When I was around six years old, I got the most gorgeous princess dress. My mother had sewn it herself and it was all pink and sparkly and I remember saying that this was the best Christmas present I’d ever got. I obviously don’t wear it anymore (mostly due to the fact that I’ve grown a little in the past 14 years) but the dress pops into my mind as soon as I think about Christmas presents.

8. Favourite Christmas Fact
I just had to google “Christmas facts”. Please forgive me. But, I found one that I like: Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

9. Favourite Festive Song
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

10. Favourite Festive Book 
I once read a book called Three Cats under the Christmas Tree (or something like that) and it was three different stories, all set in different times but around the time of Christmas. I can’t remember much more but I remember really enjoying reading it.

11. Favourite Harry Potter Christmas
The first one. Just because it was Harry’s first proper Christmas and it’s all so cute.

12. Favourite Festive Scent
The smell of cinnamon. I always love cinnamon but sometimes it feels a little out of place. Not during Christmas time, though!

13. Favourite Christmas Cracker Joke
Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor? – Because he had a low “elf” esteem!

14. Favourite Snowman Accessory
Carrots. Because some little birds could eat them to get through winter.

15. Favourite Day of Advent
The 24th of December. It’s when we celebrate Christmas and no matter how stressful the days leading up to Christmas have been, the 24th is always something special.

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

Blogmas (Day 1) – ‘cuz «Christmas Must Be Something More»

Hello Lovelies!

I just can’t believe it’s December already! It’s the best time of the year; everything’s sparkling and glittering and there’s snow, at least I  hope that there will be! I’m just on my way home from uni now and because they have the coolest warehouse in Fribourg I’ve already been shopping for some Christmas essentials. As you can probably tell, I am seriously excited about the Holiday Season. So to spread the festive cheer I will of course be doing Blogmas this year. Maybe the two people who actually read my blog will remember that I had a hard time keeping it up last year with work and uni and my Honduran host brother staying at my house, so this year there’ll be no Hondurans, and I got myself a partner in crime. Please meet the amazing Anna from Tiny Trinket who will be posting on her blog, so make sure you pay her a visit. She’s a lot more professional than me, so if you’re looking for more than just shaky iPhone uploads and pointless rambling she’s your kinda girl!

To the rambling part then! I love Christmas for all the wrong reasons. I love the snow and I forget about the cold. I love the lights and I forget about the shadows they cast. I cry because there are unhappy children in the world, and then I go and buy stuff from H&M. I worry about our plastic consumption, yet I spend money on lametta. I judge consumerism but I never judge myself. I‘m a complete and utter hypocrite, and I try my best getting my name on Santa‘s Nice list all year, but I keep realising that I‘m just a girl in a silly outfit. 

But yesterday it came to me why Christmas is still important and why I should ramble on for 24 days straight and why I should put up the hand knitted nativity set my mum gave me last year; we had dinner as a family in candle light last night, and I knew Christmas had come because I was with the best people in the whole world and my brother flicked me off which he hadn‘t done in ages, because we never see each other in our busy schedules, and we talked about all the nonsense we usually don‘t talk about because somebody‘s phone is always beeping or something has happened at work. It was just us, and it made me feel whole.

And that‘s Christmas. To have time, to lock out the cold and let in the light. To be safe in somebody‘s company and to make the simplest dinner last for hours.

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

Because my computer is not feeling so festive I can’t link any content. If you want to visit Anna on her blog (please do!), here’s her adress: http://www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com