Merry Christmas, everyone! 🎄❄️💫
Or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you’re having a wonderful day all the same!!
Anyway, I just wanted to briefly check in and let you know that I won’t be posting my regular bookish content today, since I’m busy enjoying the holidays with my family 😊 But seeing that I’m on break from university until January 6th, you can expect a few extra posts next week to make up for it!
Still, in order to not leave you completely empty-handed, here are a few impressions of what I’ve been up to:
As is tradition here in Germany, my siblings and I spent Christmas Eve morning putting up and decorating our Christmas tree. And, also as always, our cats were completely fascinated. I’m sure they think we’re bringing in the tree just for them, and even adding ornaments that they can play with! 🙀 At least none of them have tried to climb the tree yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. We never make it through a year without at least one ornament breaking…
Then, we pretty much spent the rest of the day waiting, playing board games, and eating A TON of Christmas cookies. Honestly, all the food might be a huge part of why I love Christmas so much 😍 I’m so glad people decided to get rid of those older fasting traditions before I was born… And in the evening, we had even more food. My family always makes cheese fondue for Christmas, and I just love how full and content you feel afterwards 😊
And then it was already time for presents! Because in Germany, the Christkind (which literally translates to “Christchild”) brings them in the evening of December 24th. However, before the unwrapping frenzy, we spent about an hour singing carols around the Christmas tree – because let me tell you, my family takes music VERY seriously! Although even we had gotten rusty on some of the later stanzas or their order of occurrence, which, if you ask me, made everything even more fun 😁
But afterwards it was presents for real, and I’m really happy with this year’s haul! I got a couple of new books – *surprise, surprise* – and my sister, who’s insanely good at art, made me a Voyager painting to match the Enterprise one she’d given me a few years ago 🌟 And our family also got a couple of new board games, which we then immediately had to test and argue about… So that’s pretty much how we spent the evening until midnight, which is when everything switches abruptly from Christmas to birthday mood in this household. My youngest brother turned 18 today, and he always hates when his birthday gets overlooked because everyone is celebrating Christmas. So today actually hasn’t been filled with Christmassy things, but with doing whatever my brother wanted.
Which, for some insane reason, included my sister and me giving him a haircut… 😅 We’d never cut anyone’s hair before, so let’s just say the process was hilarious! Though I’m actually rather proud of us! I think it turned out well enough that, if we weren’t under lockdown, he could still go out in public and not die of embarrassment. Which, obviously, should count as a success! 😂
So yeah – that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ll be rejoining my family for some birthday board games now, so I’ve got to sign off, but I hope you’ve also been having an amazing day! Let me know some of your favorite holiday traditions down below! And, if you’ve ever cut someone’s hair, do tell how the experience went! 😉