I don’t know about you to me the weeks leading up to Christmas – or the ‘Adventszeit’ [advent] – is all about family and traditions. Baking cookies using recipes handed down from generation to generation. Decorating the house with ornaments that have been around in your childhood already. Reading your favourite Christmas books though you basically know them by heart already. But really: does any of this ever get old? Traditions give us some safety, feel cozy and heighten the anticipation for the ‘big day’. So long story short: I’m hoping to have a little of all of these happen today because I urgently need to really get into the Christmas spirit.
… and maybe looking at pictures from last year’s celebration will help, too?! Anyway, here’s to the non-seasonal tradition of sharing some of my favourite reads from the week. Note that I’m using from the week loosely here because not all of these appeared just this week but it’s when I found them. That being said: enjoy and as always share your favourite posts in the comments!
Good good [food for thought]
The Problem With “Real Women Have Curves” [What makes a woman real?] via The Great Fitness Experiment
Reassessing society’s definition of ‘real women’. “By labeling some “not real” we risk marginalizing all of us and losing the ability to see the real beauty of women.”
You aren’t who you think you are via Jessie loves to Run
It’s sad to see how differently we perceive ourselves from the way others do. A must-watch!
I Questioned This Post via Olive To Run
Blogs never show the whole story which leads some commenters to make untrue assumptions about your life. “People who genuinely care ask, they don’t push.”
Good good [advice and inspiration]
Life lessons with Bailey via Food Pleasure Health
What raising a puppy can teach you. Yes, I’m a smidgen biased because I’m fond of Bailey – but you have to admit she’s too darn cute.
5 Pieces of Evidence that People are Awesome via Goodnet
There’s more kindness in the world than we might think – and it’s addictive.
A love letter to writing letters. Read – and then grab pen and paper to let somebody know you care about them.
15 Things You Should Stop Being Afraid of Right Now via Lifehack
Time to let go of fears to live life to the fullest.
Good good [things to make you smile]
Any other [former] Lizzie McGuire fans out there?
The Ten Most Bizarre Photos Still Living on My iPhone via Snack Therapy
Because we all have those hidden gems on our phones.
Which ‘Love, Actually’ Character Are You? via BuzzFeed
So: which one are you????
Good good [food]
Black Bean Fudge via Peachy Palate
Who knew black beans weren’t just good in brownies but fudge, too?
Brownie Mix in A Jar via Vegan Richa
A gift so good you want to keep it to yourself.
And here’s to why I consider microwaves a kitchen essential. Vegetable chips are next on my list of snacks to try.
Moroccan-Spiced Quinoa with Roasted Broccoli and Chickpeas via Cooking Quinoa
Including chickpeas and many of my favourite spices this sounds like a winner.
Happiness inducing today: My dad getting me the box of Christmas decorations from the attic. It’s high time to start spreading the Christmas cheer around the house!
What are some of your favourite Christmas traditions?
Do you have any plans for today?