All I want for Christmas is accomplishment [of my Bucket list]

Only two more days – well, depending on where you are – until Christmas Eve! Aaaaaah!

Christmas challenge

I know I failed regarding Jenny’s Christmas Challenge but I still wanted to answer a few more questions. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right (okay, not really for me here but let’s pretend it was).

13. Favourite Christmas Book

A family favourite that we’ve been reading ever since I was little:The Tomtes’ Christmas Porridgeby Sven Nordqvist. It’s a magical story about the Swedish tomtes helping the humans in the household throughout the year and being rewarded with a bowl of Christmas pudding. One year, though, things are different. The tomte mother senses the people are about to forget the porridge. She plots a plan to prevent the tomte father from getting angry and saving Christmas. If you don’t know this book you have to (!) read it. Trust me, you’ll love it. Suffice to say our age-old copy of this book looks a little, um, ragged. That’s how much we enjoy reading it.

14. Real or artificial tree?

Real or none! We never had an artificial tree in our house. Sure, regarding the environmental aspect it might be worth a consideration but … I can’t imagine Christmas without the scent of a fir needles in combinations with – obviously! – that of real candles.

15. The best gift you’ve given

One that was quite popular were homemade fairy lights I gave – in different layouts – to both of my grandma’s as well as one aunt. Seeing them my sister requested one, too. Not to mention they were fun to produce, too. Maybe I’ll find an old photo somewhere to show you.

17. Post a picture of an old Christmas card.

Christmas Card

Santa: “So, who are you?” – Children: “Your target group!”

Maybe not traditional but my mum has quite the sense of humor when it comes to cards :D.

(Translation: Santa: “So, who are you?” – Children: “Your target group!”)

18. When do you open Christmas gifts?

Traditionally, gifts are opened on Christmas Eve in Germany. We put them under the tree in the morning and open them more or less late in the evening. A family tradition is playing the dice to decide on who’s allowed to open a gift. Waiting to throw a “six” has never been more agonizing …

Candles II

19. Favourite stocking stuffer

We don’t have stockings in Germany so no stocking stuffers for me. It does seem like a fun tradition, though.

20. Favourite Christmas meal

Seeing as I’m a vegetarian I won’t have the traditional Christmas duck. I did buy a vegan “beef” roast but what I’m mostly looking forward to in anyway is my Grandma’s red cabbage. It’s a German specialty and hers is the very best :).

21. Do you travel on the holidays?

Yes! Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll jump on the train to my aunt’s house were we are celebrating this year. My family celebrates interchangeably either at my Grandparents’ place, our house or my aunt’s.

22. Eggnog or hot chocolate?

I’ve never had eggnog before and seeing as I don’t consume eggs anymore I’ll go with hot chocolate. You can never go wrong with hot chocolate.

 

23. Your plans for Christmas 2012

Grandma's cookies

 

Well, this one inspired this post’s title. “Thanks” to my ED I can’t remember the last carefree Christmas I had. It’s been afflicted with tears shed about food eaten or not eaten, regrets and anxiousness. My bucket list for this year includes:

–          Eating at least one of my Grandma’s awesome cookies that she puts a lot of work into. They’ve been my favourite and I finally want to enjoy one again. Or two.

–          Focus on family rather than food. That’s what Christmas should be all about.

–          Have one count-free day: Three days of celebration and I’m hoping to manage one not thinking about nutrition, fat grams and calories.

– Distract myself from not being able to exercise. My family isn’t into exercise on Christmas because they simply enjoy being together. This one’s going to be hard.

While I’ve been having similar goals in the last year I never accomplished them. But fellow ED fighters like Alexandra gave me the push to try again. This year I hope that blogging makes me more, well, accountable for my plans. So feel free to inquire on how well I did :D.

I most likely won’t be blogging again until after Christmas so:

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Tell me:

What’s your favourite Christmas book? Had you heard of “The Tomtes’ Christmas Porridge” before?

What’s your favourite Christmas meal?

Which are your plans for this year’s Christmas?

Any ideas on how I can stop worrying about not exercising yet eating a lot? I’m embarrassed to say how anxious this makes me and would appreciate any ideas.

 

Under the [Christmas] weather

Happy Second Advent! Only 15 more days until Christmas!

I might not have an Advent wreath but this candleholder does a good job :).

2nd Advent

Seeing as I’ve been feeling under the weather the past days this post’s going to be short and sweet again. Don’t worry, I’ve still been enjoying the Christmas spirit by listening to various Christmas compilations, awing at the first real snow we got and baking cookies.

Vegan Coconut Macaroons

Let’s hop right onto Jenny’s Christmas Challenge!

Christmas challenge

9. Easiest person to buy for

Funnily enough, up until this year it used to be the completely different way ‘round: My dad. He usually is the hardest person ever to buy for because he doesn’t like “funny” gifts or anything he can’t make any real use of. Therefore, I always asked him what to get and ended up buying a book he requested but would hardly find the time for reading due to his busy work-life.

Well, this year I was excited to have stumbled upon a book recommendation that seemed to fit his interest. Asking him just to make sure he’d actually be interested in a book, he was happy I’d found something but said he had another request. Guess what? A box of Lindt pralines! Seriously?! Here I am coming up with a gift idea myself and he asks for chocolate :D. At least I know whom I’ve gotten my Lindt preference from.

Lindt

Okay, so I might not have posted this as yesterday’s prompt but …Many bloggers have been posting their Christmas decorations and some even have their own Christmas trees! While I don’t have a tree there are a few little things I’ve put up to make my room more Christmas-y. Like this little guy.

Little Santa

 

How was your weekend? Did you do anything Christmas-related?

Do you have an Advent wreath?

Who’s the easiest person to buy for in your family?