So it’s this time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner! To tell you the truth I started listening to Christmas songs right about two weeks ago and I am so excited! Usually I’m not in a Christmas mood before December but I guess it was overall a good year and there is a lot to reflect on and be thankful for.
Just taking a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope all of you will get a chance to celebrate with your loved ones this season. Be kind and appreciate all the blessings in your life. xx Adriana
A cup of Glühwein – a warming way to bring the Christmas spirit to life. This weekend I visited the Christmas market in Haarlem. Without even realizing, I spent hours just walking around and tasting everything I could!
Most would agree that the best way to spend New Year’s Eve is in the company of your closest friends and family. With pleasant conversations and delicious meals you can count down the minutes to the next year. I’ve always associated the holidays with Christmas trees, lights, and lots of snow. But last year it was different. I decided to have a completely new experience and go down South. I left cold Toronto a few days before the year end to find out what the warm and sunny foreign lands have to offer. Oh, was it beautiful! The Christmas trees turned into palm trees, the snow into sand, and instead of eggnog I drank coconut milk. No complains whatsoever! I’ve been daydreaming of Cuba ever since.
The past few years I have been living in three different countries. My homeland does not always feel completely like ‘home.’ Not because I dislike something about it; on the contrary, it is a great place. It’s just that I’ve seen so much outside its borders, made memories and friends, that I can’t feel whole. I’m a citizen of the world. Canada, or lets call it my second-home, is where I spent my teen years. It holds a special place in my heart. For over ten years, I have spent every holiday season in this beautiful country. Canada is home. But this year is, well…different. I’ve been living in The Netherlands for over a year and this Christmas it is my home. When I started thinking of Christmas and how to keep my sanity through the New Year, I somehow thought of all this moving from one place to another. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I collect (it’s hell of a lot of work when you have to move)! This …
It’s that time of the year again. Christmas lights, gorgeous shop windows, sparkles, and cosy moments – what’s there not to love!? This festive season, to beat the queues and stress around your Christmas shopping, make sure you plan and don’t leave everything till the last moment. I usually make a list but always stay open for new gems that come my way. And to add the finishing touches, De Bijenkorf, definitely a Dutch favourite chain, has a great collection and variety of handmade Christmas cards. All done! – Time to kick back with a glass of your favorite something. What is your shopping strategy this season?