Christmas, actually

Talk about a late Christmas recap. What can I say? Does spending an all-around family weekend with nerve-wracking yahtzee thrillers [we’re addicted] and the equally fraught task of preparing a Strudel for dinner count as an excuse 😉 ? If not you’ll have to trust me I intentionally waited until today [truth!] because what could be a more amazing topic to talk about on this wonderful Marvelous in my Monday than Christmas? See, you can’t argue with that. Thanks to Katie for hosting us all throughout the year!

MiMM_new

The post title? That’s because, well, this post is all about our Christmas celebration and it’s hard to believe it is actually over again already. Way too early once more. Additionally, this year’s Christmas was unusual in a way. If I’d filled in the survey after  this year’s celebration my answers might have been slightly different. More on that in a second. And the title may or may not also show my fondness of a certain Christmas movie once more.

Advent wreath_grandma

We’re going backwards in this post saving the gifts for last [not judging you if you’re too curious scrolling right down to the end – or at least not much]. Because while our main celebration always is on Christmas Eve most family activites happen on the 25th when all relatives on my mum’s side come over to my grandparents’ house.

Golden_angel

By far one of my favourite parts of Christmas and every of our family gatherings at my grandparents’, actually, is our family walk along the beach. Yes, we’re those folks who bundle up and brave the weather for a walk under any circumstances. It’s been a tradition for as long as I can think and no visit at my relatives’ would be complete without the whole family bonding and chatting on those walks. The calmth of the sea. Unplugged and also elsewise distraction-free catch-up time with cousins, aunts, uncles.

Christm._walk

While we get to see and talk to each other all day long it’s during those walks that conversations really spark and get deeper. I hadn’t seen one of my cousins who moved to Austria for her studies in months so we were in dire need of catching up on each other’s lives. No better way to do so than while trudging through the sand, wind dishevelling our hair and watching the steady lively motion of the waves [can you tell I’m pretty fond of nature?]. Does anybody else feel conversations to be much more inspired when moving outside while talking? Maybe it’s the fresh breeze enlivening ourselves in the whole and sparking

Christmas beach walk

Next up on our regular schedule: cookies. And, oh well, let’s not forget about Torte [yes, I know it’s just called cake, too, but the German word implies so much more for me 🙂 ], Stollen and more cake. My grandma is going all out to make sure everyone’s experiencing a sugar coma ;).

Cookies_at_grandmas

Also one of the marvelous parts of Christmas? Many hugs by my grandpa. They’ve become even more precious to me after a health scare on his side several years ago. One moment can change the meaning of something as simple as a hug altogether. Maybe it’s sappy to say but family truly is the biggest blessing we get in life and while my Christmas had its annoyances and little flaws, too, I’m thankful for every moment I got to spend with my grandpa – and all other relatives. He’s the world’s best hugger – or at least the best known to me and that’s kind of the same thing, right ;)?!

Two of the changes I mentioned above was that my sister and I didn’t get to decorate the Christmas tree this year and – major break with the family traditions! – we didn’t throw the dice to determine who was allowed to unwrap a gift next. Here’s to hoping we’ll get back to it next year.

Christmas Tree 2013

Weihnachtsgeschenke

Does anybody else marvel at the fact that the older we get the less important the gifts under the tree become? Just thinking of how excited I was writing my wish lists weeks in advance and hardly being able to sleep the night before Christmas Eve makes me smile. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy receiving and especially giving gifts – but the additional sleep is much appreciated :). This year I hadn’t asked for any specific gifts which happened to be marvelous because I was even more surprised by every present I received. Not playing favourites but one of the most amazing presents this year would be …

PJ pants

PJ pants! And not just any: My mum knew I’d been unsuccessfully looking for new ones for a while and decided to sew me a pair shortly before Christmas Eve. Can you tell she knows me so well [colour and dots]? Just like her and my sister are quite the talented seamstresses meaning both of them bestowed not only me but every family member with their own handiwork. When transferring the pictures from my camera to my laptop I noticed I actually hadn’t taken any pictures of my presents on Christmas Eve 😯 – and hardly any pictures at all. We were clearly too busy fooling around and wearing hilarious santa hats ;). That’s why I hope you won’t mind a few quickly snapped pictures from today once more featuring the PJ pants in all their glory [thanks, mum]. All I can say is I felt spoiled – and happy my presents were well received, too. Especially since my dad truly approved of his gift, too – a huge relief.

Presents

Unsual also due to the fact it was just seven of us celebrating on Christmas Eve it was a special Christmas nonetheless. Borrowing a term by Kierston I can honestly say my heart was full. Filled with gratitude and love for all the memories made and family bonding time.

Happy last Monday of 2013!

Happiness inducing today: Watching my family’s delight and excitement when playing Yatzhzee – I love that crazy bunch of people.

What was one of your favourite gifts to give and receive this year?

Did you gift any homemade presents? I had the best intentions but ended up going the store-bought route once more. Just wait for it once the next birthday comes up, though :). I’m still taking recommendations for any occasion!

Who’s the best hugger in your family?

Thinking out loud #3

Merry Christmas once more! I think it’s still apt to say on second Christmas day, right?

We just returned from my grandparents’ place hence why I had part of this post pre-written before we left in case you’re wondering about the mix of pre- and post-Christmas ponderings. Expect more detailed Christmas posts during the next days. Now here’s for some Thinking out loud thanks to Amanda!

Thinking-Out-Loud

1. Does anybody else fall into the ‘post-Christmas blues’ or – to say it less dramatical – feel like there should be at least a third or fourth day of celebration added? The anticipation of a whole month of festive atmosphere – and then all of it is over in the blink of an eye. It’s obviously the same every year but I just can’t get used to it. “Finish on a high note.” – I never liked that idea. Especially not when it meant leaving people I love too early again 😦 .

2. Just to rebel a little I won’t be taking down my decorations all that soon. It’s nice to show Santa some respect for all the hard work he’s done the past days for a bit longer, don’t you think 😉

 Christmas_decorat.

3. When unpacking some gifts that I’d ordered shortly before leaving for our relatives’ place I spotted this little guy. If there’s any better sign of way too warm weather on Christmas Eve I don’t know it.

Ladybug

4. Almost as worse as a gift that doesn’t arrive in time is noticing just shortly before the celebration that a well-meant one doesn’t fit. Case in point: After Amanda reminding me of the Smartphone gloves in one of her previous Thinking out loud posts I’d ordered a pair each for my dad and sister as gifts. Only to try one on after opening said box above and … well … above scenario happening. Fits perfectly for my dad – whew! – but obviously not for my sister or me with our smaller hands. One size fits all? Definitely not, dear manufacturer!

5. Talking about the weather I’ll risk getting the stank eye but I was actually glad it was neither cold nor snowy. That’d have turned my favourite part of our family get-togethers a little rough. Want to know my favourite part? Our traditional beach walk. A necessity for every family get-together at my grandparents and an awesome time for long conversations and just an overall fun time with the whole family. Pictures to come for some Monday marvelousness.

Christm. Elks

6. Searching for last-minute Christmas dessert ideas I somehow came across this gem. Can we just take a short moment to talk about how unreal #11 [Biscoff, Nutella, whipped cream] and #29 are? I think I need a snack …

7. It’s no secret that Love, actually is my favourite Christmas movie [or maybe even generally favourite romantic movie]. Hence why I was really surprised – dare I say: shocked – when my mum who’d picked it up at the rental store told me she had to request the employee at the latter to dig it out of the back room. Yes, they’d in fact semi-‘retired’ the movie saying it was a bit older already after all. Seriously? The same store that has age old worn out video [not DVD!] cases sitting on their shelves?!

8. I didn’t mention starting yet another sticker book as part of a supermarket’s campaign. Too late, though, as the offer ends at the end of the year but still. Not to play favourites but I may or may not like this one [a lot] better than the last. Just one word: Disney.

Stickers

9. My sister and her husband are staying at my parents until New Years’ Day so I’m hoping fore family game nights to come. And at least one movie night with me finally watching The Holiday – yes, I still haven’t gotten around to it.

10. Proof #129375940 that my grandma is the best …

Grandma's cookies

Happiness inducing today: Christmas, obviously. But also my grandma sending me home with both a generous serving of her Rotkohl (!!!) and a jar of her homemade cherry jam [so so good].

Tell me about your Christmas celebrations!

How long are you usually keeping up the decorations after the holidays?

Last stop before Christmas [Tomorrow, children, just wait!]

Do any of you non-Germans actually know the song I’m alluding to with today’s post title? The translation seems a bit skeevy to me so I’d be happy if you could shed some light. Nonetheless, at least for us Germans it’s true: one more wake-up until the big day. What would be more suitable then giving you another insight into the way I celebrate(d) Christmas?  It’s a ‘Better late than never’ post: When I saw this survey on Amanda’s blog I knew I had to steal it and what would make for a more fitting last Marvelous in my Monday before Christmas?

Before Christmas…

Christmas card

Do you send out Christmas cards?
Don’t hate me but: no. It’s not that I didn’t like the idea. But my family never did and at least with the ones we received in past years most had a standard greeting that was repeated every year. If I care about somebody I’ll either call them on Christmas or write a longer letter.

How soon do you start shopping?
Never soon enough. Despite my best intentions that “this year is going to be completely different and I’ll start shopping/crafting at the end of October already” … it obviously never happens.

Do you have a lot of gifts to buy?
Luckily not this time around. One benefit of being single [there has to be one!] ]and my brother currently working abroad is that aside from my dad and grandpa there are no other guys to get presents for. Why are men so hard to buy for?

Do you bake cookies?
Does anybody not? Shame on them! Cookie baking is essential for me to truly get into the Christmas spirit.


Cookies

Decorations…

Do you put up a Christmas tree?
Sadly, no. We don’t celebrate at home so my parents didn’t see any sense in buying one. However, there will obviously be one at my grandparents’ house.

If so, is it fake or real?

Always always always real.

Do you like tinsel?
Oh yes! It’s sparkly, it’s Christmas-y – what’s not to like? But with no tree this year and a lack of decorations in general there hasn’t been any of that [so far], either. Why not pull it our for New Years Eve ;)?!

Do you use homemade or storebought ornaments?

It’s a mix of both. From straw stars and golden walnuts [hand-painted by yours truly 😉 ] to ball ornaments and little figurines – our trees are never following a certain decoration pattern.

Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
Luckily, my dad has gotten us covered in that area of decorating and seeing those makes me smile whenever I get home from work.

Do you put lights on the tree?
Wait … does anybody not do it??? So: yes, definitely!

Christmas 2012_house



Christmas Eve…

Do you celebrate it?
Yes! Christmas Eve is the day of the main celebration in Germany. We get together with our relatives, decorate the tree together, have dinner and then play the dice when it comes to unwrapping gifts. Only those who get six eyes on the dice are allowed to pick up a gift.

Do you hang up your stocking?
Since we celebrate on Christmas Eve there’s no reason to hang stockings and we don’t open any gifts on the morning of 25th. I’d be curious to celebrate Christmas that way one day, though.

Have you ever left cookies out for Santa?
Another tradition our celebration on Christmas Eve has kept from us. If we had it over here, though, I’d make sure Santa wouldn’t leave hungry.

Christmas_candles



Favourite…

Christmas Movie?

Love, actually. I have to watch it every year no matter how often I’ve seen it before. This year, my mum was in for the fun. We watched it just tonight [Sunday] and agreed it was truly awesome.

Christmas Song?
As of Saturday evening I’d have to say ‘Santa Baby’ – a song I’d previously undervalued. But we can’t forget about ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’, ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ and, oh well, a slew of others, either. If we’re talking about songs my family actually sings then ‘Leise rieselt der Schnee’ and Silent Night.

Christmas Memory?
Another tough one. How about one of the most special memories instead? That’d be Christmas two (three?) years ago when we had plans of driving to my grandparents’ just like this time. However, it started snowing like crazy on 23rd so my parents decided we’d be safer staying home and we might actually not have been able to take those snowy roads. We [the ‘children’] were disappointed at first but then my parents who had hardly even decorated up until then managed to set up an awesome celebration in a matter of hours. Did I mention I love them? And I got to pick out a tree with my dad which somehow has become a task the two of us take of every year we’re celebrating at my parents’ place. It’s a dad-and-daughter thing.

Christmas Cookie?
Do I really have to choose?! Okay, if there’s no way out then my grandma’s very special cookies that don’t even have a name – hm, I guess we should change that … They consist of a shortbread round spread with homemade jelly, topped with thinly rolled out marzipan, confectioners’ icing and a glacé cherry on top. I’ll try to remember to take a picture this year.


Decor

This or That…

Give or Receive?
Giving. Watching others peoples’ faces as they unwrap my presents to them and seeing them smile is making for the happiest moments under the Christmas tree.

Ham or Turkey?
None. Are you surprised 😉 ?

Star or Angel?
A huge golden star. Actually, though, only if we celebrate at my grandparents’ because the trees at my parents’ house usually went ‘naked’.

White Lights or Coloured Lights?
We’ve always had white ones.

Blinking Lights or Still Lights?
Still all the way. Not sure how long I could look at those blinking ones without getting a headache …

Were you Naughty or Nice this year?
Welll … I hope Santa doesn’t see and hear everything ;).  Really, though, I’d like to think a balance in between the two. The Santa I interviewed for my newspaper article consulted his black book saying I was nice enough. Fingers crossed he was right …

Little Santa

Presents…

What do you want for Christmas this year?
Will you believe I actually forgot to write a wish list this year? I have no idea what I’ll be getting. Right now I just hope for a great time with my family. It’s been too long since I last saw some of them.

When do you open your gifts?
All of them on Christmas Eve – occasionally some from relatives we meet on 25th.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
Another tough one. Like many girls I was pretty fond of Barbie back in the day so maybe one of them …

What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
Just to clarify: we’re talking worst in terms of most useless here. So … sorry to the person who gave them to me [and my mum and my sister – so basically worst gift for each of us that year :shock:]: hand-crocheted scarves. Being extra kind and generous that relative bestowed us with a huge box of them – “Split them evenly among you, okay?”. Um, sure … Still, it was the thought that counted and that had been very sweet.

Do you like wrapping gifts?
This would have to be a two-part answer. First: yes, I absolutely like it. Call me odd but with the saying ‘a gift coming from the heart’ I feel the way it’s packed says a lot on terms of that. If the wrapper is loveless already it takes away  some of the joy in receiving the gift.
 Getting to the second part: I hardly ever wrap [Christmas] gifts. My mum came up with the sustainable idea of hand-sewn fabric bags using Christmas-themed cloth when we were small children still and we’ve been using them ever since. However, I do wrap birthday gifts so that’s where the loving packaging gets in there again.


Tree

Random…

Can you name all the reindeer?
No. But to excuse myself: we don’t learn that song over here. So … Rudolph … that’s about the only one I know ;).

Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?
Well, no. I consider it a pretty sweet idea in movies and as an all-out romantic would ideally find my Prince Charming that way :D. Once more I don’t think the concept has spread around here [yet?] though I did see mistletoes on offer in a supermarket around here last week.

Do you go carolling?
No. I’m not sure if I got the translation right but it’s done by Catholics only, right? In that case: yes, it generally exists in Germany and a friend of mine did many years. But seeing as I’m Protestant I never did.

Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?
Maybe not intentionally but I do slow down just a little when driving past all-out decorated houses on my commute to work and back.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
We had many white Christmas days though in past years they’ve become more of a rarity.

Who do you celebrate Christmas with?
It varies every year. Depending on where we celebrate [i.e. at my parents’ house, my grandparents’ or one certain aunt’s] and who’s around. Last year it was me, my two siblings, my parents, grandparents on my mother’s side, aforementioned aunt with her husband and two of my cousins, another uncle with his wife and little daughter. The whole family with more aunts and uncles as well as cousins traditionally gathers at my grandparents’ on 25th. This year it’ll be my family minus my brother [who’s abroad], my grandparents and an aunt on Christmas Eve.

Have you ever had your picture taken with Santa?
No. Please tell me I didn’t I miss out on much!

What part of Christmas do you look most foward to?
Meeting family members I don’t regularly get to see.  The whole cozy and festive atmosphere. Hugging my grandpa.

Christmas 2012 1

Happiness inducing today: Watching Love, actually with my mum.

Happy Monday to all of you and I hope you’ll have an awesome time celebrating Christmas with your loved ones!

It’s your turn:

What was your favourite or most memorable Christmas?

Who do you celebrate with?

What do you want for Christmas?

And I’d be curious to hear your answer to any of the other questions, too!

A family weekend [+ a foodie giveaway]

Happy Monday!

Looking back at the past days I honestly have to assume somebody’s pushing the fast-forward button when it comes to the weekend and slow-motion on weekdays. The past days were packed with activities but I still didn’t get to check off all [fun and not-so-fun] points on my weekend to-do list and now it’s already back to the grind again. Oh well.

No matter how manic our Mondays might be, however, there’s always the weekend to look back at some marvelousness. And if that doesn’t help to cheer you up think of it this way: we’re already well on our way to another weekend ;).

MiMM_new

If you’ve been reading any of my WIAW posts before you might know I’m a fan of spotting themes or patterns in what I’ve eaten. It’s no different in other parts of life so I’m happy to say my last weekend followed an overal theme, too. And the best – in my opinion – at that, too. Just the way I’d hoped for when moving back in with my parents the past days were filled with family activites – and other kinds of families 🙂 …

Family movie night

Okay, so it was just my mum and me watching the movie. But – at the risk of sounding biased – I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my dad’s kind of movie in anway. Don’t you agree?

Movie night with mum

We watched Stuck in Love and I highly recommend it. I’d actually never heard of the movie before and planned on getting Love, Actually. But when I spotted this one at the rental store it just wanted to come along and so it did. The beginning made my mum laugh out loud and ask what kind of movie I’d picked. Luckily, she’ll watch pretty much anything and it ended up being a great one. Perfect for a mum-and-daughter or single girl movie night. With a side of my favourite snacks: Erdnussflips. I’ve mentioned these before and though my mum once claimed she and my dad didn’t enjoy them much they’ve somehow become a staple since I moved in. Sweet coincidence?!

Family [of] holiday buddies

Holiday buddies

Did I mention my mum’s unusual style of decorating yet? While our house sadly isn’t nearly as festively decorated as in past years my mum puts up cute little figurines, ornaments and vases filled with flower arrangements all year. Mostly seasonal or all-year-round suitable ones so let’s agree that the bunny is there to help the dwarf cheer up the slightly unhappily looking Santa, okay?

Family game nights

Something that hadn’t happened in ages anymore. My mum claims she didn’t enjoy them so I’d given up suggesting to play board games – when my dad suddenly asked if I’d like to because he had some more time this weekend. Needless to say I was game!

Cafe International

Seeing how long we hadn’t been playing this game anymore my parents had completely forgotten the rules. It was my job to keep my eyes on them to prevent [most] cheating but some slipped my view. Do anybody else’s parents keep helping each other while you’re playing on your own? Not fair.

Family[-approved] stickers

A good part of my weekend was once more spent writing [long-overdue] letters. Accompanied by a new toffee-scented candle it was most definitely happiness-inducing.

Seasonal stickers

What can I say? I’m five at heart and get excited at the sight of cute little stickers like these ones. But honestly: Wouldn’t you prefer to receive letters covered in reindeers, santas and other holiday-themed ornaments, too? White paper is a sad sight that should only be left for business letters.

holiday-themed

For the family of foodies

It’s time to say sorry. If you read my review of Happy Herbivore Light & Lean you might remember me mentioning a giveaway coming up. And it only deemed on my yesterday that I’d promised to have it up last week already. So: sorry! No more delaying now, though.

HH Light & Lean

For a chance to win your own copy become a member of the family of Happy Herbivore Light & Lean owners leave a comment through the Rafflecopter widget [link below] telling me why you’d like to win the book. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers only [sorry!].

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Happiness inducing today: My dad approving of the [vegan] family dinner I’d prepared.

Does your family still have game nights when you meet? Which are your favourite games?

What were some of the last great [romantic] movies you watched?

Are you a fan of decorating all year round or just seasonally for the holidays?

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.

 

With rooty toot toots

Christmas challenge

Ah, I didn’t start out this challenge too well so far, right? I had the best of intentions to stick with Jenny’s fabulous Christmas Challenge and at least post the answer to the question of the day every day. But you know it: Life – read: the boy and university assignments – gets in the way all of the time :D.

Enough of that, though, let’s get playing the challenge. While it’s the fourth already, I still want to share yesterday’s answer with you, too.

3. When/how did you learn Santa wasn’t real?

Oh my, this must be one of the most traumatic experiences of a childhood, right ;)? Kidding.

The first time I got suspicious was when my mum disappeared “to the toilet” shortly before Santa’s arrival and didn’t return until after he’d left. When I asked my dad why Santa had mum’s voice he laughed it off. My last doubts where cleared when my older brother who’d found out earlier showed me Santa’s red coat in my grandparents’ boiler room. I wonder when my parents would have told me if it hadn’t been for my brother …

4. Favourite Christmas Song

Oooh, this one’s hard because there are too many to chose from. Can I just go with about every song on Michael Bublé’s Christmas album? Not just because he has a great voice – and it doesn’t hurt he’s cute, too – but because I think it’s a perfect selection of songs. Really, though, my favourite might change every year.  Also, I have no shame in admitting that, yes, I do still enjoy listening to “Last Christmas” by Wham every so often during Christmas time.

My family’s favourite Christmas song to sing is a naughty version of the German classic “Kling, Glöckchen, klingeling” ;). Actually, we don’t even know the proper text anymore …

When did you learn the truth about Santa?

Have you been listening to Christmas music and singing along loudly – regardless of what the neighbours might think – already?