Posts Tagged With: Christmas

I think I’m broken…

If you asked anyone in my closest group of friends to point out which one of us that has the most “Christmas Spirit”, I’m pretty sure all fingers would point in my direction. I’m the kind of person that usually starts to listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies in October. The Christmas tree and most of the decorations are already in place in good time before December has even started. Walking through the Winter Wonderland they set up in central Oslo usually makes me all giddy and have me walking around with a big smile on my face. I love Christmas. Always have.

This year though, something is different. We just passed midnight here in Norway and it is now officially December 1st.

Have I watched a single Christmas movie?

Nope

Do I play my Christmas list on Spotify every day and sing along?

Nope

Is there a single piece of Christmas decoration up in my apartment? Come on! There must be!?

The answer is…

No….

I walked through Winter Wonderland a couple of days ago, waiting for that warm, fuzzy and giddy feeling to come over me, but it was nowhere to be found.

What I’m about to tell you is something that I don’t like to admit, but here it goes:

For the first time EVER, I’m not excited about Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong, I do look forward to spending time with my family. It’s all of the other stuff that I just can’t seem to get excited about this year. This is not a feeling that I like. I want to feel the joy of it. To have fun making meaningful presents and decorating my home. Maybe the reason why I miss it so much is the fact that it’s such a well known part of my personality. It’s a part of who I’ve always been.

I think my Christmas Spirit might be broken..

I’m not giving up just yet though. I’ve promised myself to take me out on a Christmas date soon. And when I’m done wining and dining myself, I will take me home and cuddle up on the couch with something hot in my cup and then I’m going to bring out the big guns.

We’re talking Home Alone, The Grinch that Stole Christmas, Elf and The Polar Express.

If that doesn’t do it, then I’m not sure what will!

Wish me luck 🙈

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Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom – REVIEW

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#Vlogmas Day 25 – Snapshots and Merry Christmas!

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I was thinking about Christmas…

We’re already in the middle of December and I’m filled with Christmas spirit, and suddenly I felt the urge to write about Christmas. So here I go!

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My parents did an amazing job when I was a little girl, when it came to keeping Christmas magical for as long as possible. I remember the excitement of Christmas Eve. The smell of tree, the filled stockings, the taste of the food and the slight nervousness of Santa not showing up, or that I hadn’t made the nice list that year. 

Never once can I remember a Christmas that wasn’t magical and wonderful as a kid. And I count myself extremely lucky to be able to say that and truly mean it. I know there’s a lot of people out there that doesn’t share this experience when it comes to the Christmas holiday and that breaks my heart. 

I try my hardest to make December as wonderful for my kid as it was for me. That one month a year that’s filled with a little something more. More joy, more smiles and more magic. A sort og escape from everyday life, for the entirety of a month. To create memories that I hope he’ll treasure as an adult and carry on if he chooses to have kids of his own. 

There’s something so special about Christmas for me. I even love the hectic time of working in retail this time of year. The customers (most of them at least) are so giving, joyous and grateful. Qualities that I think we should work harder on keeping up the rest of the year as well. 

To remember that joy of giving. The excitement of putting smiles on other people’s faces.

So that’s what I try to do. To keep a little bit of Christmas magic in me every single day of the year. 

I wish I could share my love of Christmas with everyone who needs it, but that’s impossible. So instead I try to share it with the ones around me, hoping that a little bit will rub off on them. 

If all I get is an extra smile, that’s good enough for me! I’ll take it!

I wish you all a magical Christmas and a wonderful December!!

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Vlogmas Day 1+2 – November Wrap Up

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Christmas Book Haul

Just uploaded my Christmas Book Haul! Have a look and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already 🙂

Toodles!

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My True Love Gave To Me – REVIEW

My True Love Gave To Me is a collection of short stories by twelve different authors that have a winter romance theme to them.

My True Love BW's 65Let’s start of by mentioning all of the authors of this book:

Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White. The book was edited by Stephanie Perkins.

So there are a bunch of authors in here that are in the wind these days. That combined with the gorgeous cover (both the American and the British one. I have the british cover) has made this such a popular book of 2014. And like so many others I chose to read this one around Christmas time.

I don’t read a lot of purely romance novels as I am a fantasy and science fiction kind of gal, but there are some fantasy elements and such in some of these short stories which made me really curious and made it a good read on my part.

I think I went into this one with a little too high expectations because of all the hype that’s been surrounding this book and I did end up a bit disappointed even though I really enjoyed some of the stories. That being said, I think it is amazing that so many fantastic writers can come together to do a project as this one. I love myself some short stories from time to time and I think it was a brave move for them to go all in with this one. Well done! I would love to see more of similar kinds of short story collections.

The stories that I enjoyed the most are:

  • Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link
  • The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This collection was definitely entertaining but I felt like it had potential for so much more awesomeness!

I ended up giving it a three out of five stars (maybe a 3,5). An easy and light hearted read to get into the Christmas spirit, just don’t expect too much.

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One of my favorite quotes:

“She wanted to be free, and if she could never be free, at least she wanted to be brave – brave enough not to sell herself, no matter what the payment, or the cost of refusing.”

 

-Laini Taylor

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Do you have any favorite short story collections? I would love to hear your recommendations 🙂

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Christmas Time! (Poem)

Time for more smiles and laughter 

Time for snow angels and hot coco after

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More time with family and friends

Time for old traditions and new trends

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When so many try a little more

To be better than what they were before

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Cookies, cakes, candy and food 

Wonderful tastes that put you in a good mood

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Decorating lights are everywhere 

To brighten up the darkest time of year

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Yes, it is all of the things above

But most of all, Christmas is the time of love

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©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven

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To Get You Into The Christmas Spirit

Just a little something to get you a little more into the Christmas spirit!

Enjoy 🙂

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Merry Muppets Christmas!

One of the many things I love about Christmas are the Muppets Christmas Specials! And today I’m sharing one of my favorite Muppets Christmas songs with you guys 🙂

Have a Merry Christmas!!

Endless amounts of love from my home to yours!!

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