Merry Christmas 🌟

May your worries evaporate, and your contentment
and happiness rise into the highest spheres.
May love be the only energy accompanying you
during the coming days and the coming year.
I wish all of you a time of joy and love.

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#RomanticTuesday

The Gift

I sit under the Christmas tree
Enchanted, mesmerized
A little package looks at me
I haven’t seen it, I’m surprised

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#RomanticTuesday Song

I found this beautiful song and thought it was just so beautiful for the last Romantic Tuesday before Christmas.

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#ChristmasSpirit

My favorite time of the year has arrived: The pre-Christmas season. I love it when everywhere the houses are illuminated with Christmas lights, the decoration, watching Chrismas movies, and listening to Christmas songs.

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#RomanicTuesday Song

Why not going with some Christmas love songs to fit the holiday season? Yes, Mariah Carey, but not the one song you may expect (I am a bit fed up with that one). It is a bit more on the melancholic side but beautiful anyway. Not everybody can celebrate Christmas together. Life has its own mind at times, and most of all this year, it is even more difficult. But regardless of how life looks today, we are working on a better tomorrow, don’t we? And that should lift our spirit to make it through!

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#ChristmasSpirit

My favorite time of the year has arrived: The pre-Christmas season. I love it when everywhere the houses are illuminated with Christmas lights, the decoration, watching Chrismas movies, and listening to Christmas songs.

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First Snow

Last Saturday afternoon, it started to snow, and it snowed throughout Sunday. After no snow at all last season, I enjoyed it coming down again. I thought I’d share some photos of the landscape but also of our Christmas lights within the snow.

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#ChristmasSpirit

My favorite time of the year has arrived: The pre-Christmas season. I love it when everywhere the houses are illuminated with Christmas lights, the decoration, watching Chrismas movies, and listening to Christmas songs.

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#ChristmasSpirit

My favorite time of the year has arrived: The pre-Christmas season. I love it when everywhere the houses are illuminated with Christmas lights, the decoration, watching Chrismas movies, and listening to Christmas songs.

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Merry Christmas

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens.

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#ChristmasSpirit

The 4th of Advent has arrived. Only two more days until Christmas Eve. When I looked out for the Mel & Kim version of Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, I found a lovely new one. This time with Kim Wilde and Nick Kershaw which was produced in memory of Mel Smith. This time we will go with this one.

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#RomanticTuesday

Enhanced Love

I may not see you but you’re here
I may not touch you but you’re near

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#ChristmasSpirit

For this 3rd Advent Sunday I have found a real gem. It is a combination of O, Holy Night and Ave Maria. What makes it so special is the young lady performing it. She is only 17 years old. I have barely heard a voice like hers. But please, convince yourself…

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#ChristmasSpirit

I love the song ,Carol of the Bells, because of its dramatic art. I found a version that emphasizes the character of the song wonderfully.

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Friday Christmas Song

It’s Friday, yay! Spontaneously I decided to share this cute song with you. Have a happy and cozy pre-Christmas weekend.

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Monday Song

I am feeling like sharing a Christmas song with you today. I thought it makes a good Monday song too. Have a great week, friends!

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#ChristmasSpirit

Have a wonderful second Advent Sunday!

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Christmas Arrived…

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… or at least the first vibes in the form of a beautiful painting of our lovely and so very talented Carolina of YesterdayAfter. Read more ›

#RomanticTuesday

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Christmas Surprise

 

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Merry Christmas
Blessings and Peace
To you and your loved ones

May the Spirit of Christmas 
Shine from you 
And reach everybody’s heart
You encounter

May the Spirit of Christmas
Break the walls 
Of hatred, ignorance, and selfishness
May borders disappear
And the world become one colorful country

May the Spirit of Christmas
Stay with us
Not only for this day
But forever

In Love and Light

#RomanticTuesday Song

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How amazing that Christmas Day is on a (Romantic) Tuesday this year. How could I let go of posting a song and writing a poem although I am on a break? Have a wonderful and happy Christmas Day. Hopefully romantic too but most of all enjoy whatever good comes your way. Much love to everyone. Read more ›

Merry Christmas👼

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Over here, we are celebrating Christmas already in the evening of the 24th when the “Christkind” (Christ Child) brings the presents. Before I start explaining I let Wikipedia tell you about the Christ Child: Read more ›

4th Advent🕯🕯🕯🕯

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Today we are lightening the 4th candle on our Advent wreath. It is the most exciting Advent Sunday because it is the last one before Christmas. Again, I want to share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you. I hope you like my choice. There are so many wonderful versions out there. For whatever reason, this is still my favorite version. Probably it simply takes me back to golden days and lets them shine again. Have a blessed Sunday!

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Friday Song

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I know, I am posting this song every year but I cannot help it. It has to be! Read more ›

#RomanticTuesday Song

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It is time for another romantic Christmas song. But actually, which true Christmas song is not romantic 🤔 So, here is one who speaks about all kinds of love that warm our hearts during the seasons of seasons. Have a wonderful Tuesday, everybody! Read more ›

Monday Song

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For this Monday I am sharing a classic Christmas song performed by one of the greatest ever. She is still heavily missed and always will be. Read more ›

3rd Advent 🕯🕯🕯

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Today we are celebrating the 3rd Advent. Which means there is only one Sunday left before Christmas. I want to celebrate those Advent Sundays with you in sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs. It is difficult to choose because I love so many. But I hope you like the ones I am sharing too. Have a blessed Sunday! Read more ›

Christmas Markets

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One thing I love a lot about Christmas is the Christmas markets we are having all around the German-speaking parts of Europe. There are some which are only set up for a weekend and those which are there from the 1st Advent on until Christmas. In Vienna, I know some which are even open until December 26. Read more ›

Friday Song

I used to have a Christmas songs tape of Elvis Presley. I listened to it every Christmas for many years, most of all in my car. I’d like to share one of the songs of that album. Read more ›

#RomanticTuesday Song

Happy Tuesday everybody! I hope everybody could start the day well. Here is another rather classic Christmas song and pretty fitting a Romantic Tuesday. Enjoy! Read more ›

Monday Song

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There are so many things we like about Christmas. This song inspires for some more or actually some of the simple things which actually mean the most to us. Happy Monday! Read more ›

Friday Song

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For today I found a very cute version of Baby it’s cold outside. Have a great Friday and a happy weekend!! Read more ›

#RomanticTuesday Christmas Song

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For this Romantic Tuesday, I am going with a song I haven’t heard before. I hope you like it! Read more ›

Friday Song

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Although we have Christmas stuff in the stores for about 6 weeks the official Christmas season only starts at the first advent. The 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas we call Advent Sundays. It is a tradition that we are lightening a candle on each of those Sundays on our Advent wreath. We start with one candle until there are burning 4 on the 4th Sunday. So, the most wonderful time of the year starts this Sunday. Read more ›

Special Release! Holidays ART – Open Edition Mini Prints

Our wonderful artist, Carolina, has a special offer for Christmas. Please head over to her post and don’t miss to read the conversation between her and me because she left some more interesting and important details.

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HOLIDAYS ART SPECIAL SERIES
– Open Edition Signed Mini Prints and Sets –

The Shiniest Star – Robin

Hello everyone,

October is almost over, time goes fast! Soon we would be approaching the Holidays Season!

Today post is the special release of my “Holidays ART Collection” including a special offer please read the whole post.

I think this is the best time to release the Winter Holidays Collection which is now available as Open Edition Signed Mini Prints. Last year I have created a series of Holidays themed watercolor paintings. The Series was a success and I had many compliments and requests, but cause timing last year this Series has never been released or sold as prints, because by the time it was completed, was already December and late for selling prints. I decided to plan the release earlier for this year Holidays Season! Right now the time is right…

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#Haiku #RomanticTuesday – Christmas Joy

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Woke up, checked the time

Thank God, it’s Christmas morning

Let us keep cuddling

In Love and Light

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…

The magic of christmas lies in our hearts

Happy Christmas to all of you!

This is the time of the year when we are feeling stronger and when we are more aware of the blessings and wonders around us. One of those wonders is the wonderful family I found here on WordPress. Never had I expected what I would find here when I started blogging. I started to gain followers and found friends. Read more ›

If you love that feeling…

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… then keep it up throughout the year!

In Love and Light!

The Christmas Tag

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My extremely thoughtful and lovely blog sister Ritu of ButISmileAnyway tagged me. Christmas is my favorite holiday with all the love that is in the air and fills our hearts even more than at any other time of the year. So I am very happy to participate. Thank you, my dearest sister for nominating me. Read more ›

Another one…

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I cannot resist sharing another Christmas song I love to listen to. Have a lovely day everyone!  Read more ›

Friday Song

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Can you believe it? It is not only Friday but already the last work day before Christmas for many of us. I know I shared this song already last year but I like it so much and the message is just too wonderful and always timely. Read more ›

Daily Kind Quote

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Visit my Zazzle Shop and get inspired by lots of daily items or gift ideas designed with my quotes!

In Love and Light

#RomanticTuesday

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A Christmas Dream Come True

 

Christmas Eve has finally come

Candles burn and feelings too

All is perfect, all is well

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#RomanticTuesday Christmas Song

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I love Christmas songs and since we are so close to Christmas I want to use the remaining days to post Christmas songs. Lately, a friend and I said that there are so many out there but I hope you like the small choice I share.  Read more ›

Friday Song

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There are only two more weeks to go until Christmas and I felt like sharing one of my favorite Christmas songs. Have a great Friday!! Read more ›

Song of the Day – It’s Christmas!

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Did I say something about not posting for a while 😄 I thank you all for the lovely wishes and comments yesterday! I appreciate each single one of you so much and I feel blessed to be part of this strong and kind-hearted community!

Yesterday, I heard this song from a formation that makes my jaw drop every time I hear a song of theirs. Not only the versions the create but how they do it: No instruments – only voices! This song is just so perfectly fitting Christmas day. The lyrics are beautiful and what they made of that song is stunning! Enjoy and spend a wonderful Christmas Day 💖 Read more ›

Song of the Day

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I planned to post this song already some days ago. But I had not thought how important the message might become regarding the recent happenings in Germany but I also think about the developments about the election of the next president in the US. Many are terrified that the worst days of human history could repeat!

Let’s never forget that we are all brothers and sisters! No matter what culture we are from, what color our skin has, what language we speak, whether we are rich or poor, or in what condition our health is. We are all God’s children and he wants us to be here or we wouldn’t be here! There is a place for everyone! Let’s clasp our hands and stand together. Not as one family, not as one country but as one world! Wouldn’t that be beautiful? Read more ›

Romantic Tuesday

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The Christmas Wish

 

I sit under the Christmas tree

And wish

I had a wish for free

 

It would be something for my heart

To keep it warm

Under its guard

 

Something that would make me smile

Just because

Of its presence, for a while

 

Something to hold on and make

The time stand still

A timeless break

 

Living what I’m dreaming of

Tender moments

After times so rough

 

For my heart a healing balm

To stop its bleeding

And make it calm

 

A sudden end of lonely nights

Each morning looking

In two loving eyes

 

Looks like I wished for much too much

But it’s all captured

With one touch

 

If I just had a wish for free

It would be you

Being here with me

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In Love and Light

Song of the Day

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Good morning, my WordPress family! I know I already said it, but it is crazy how fast this year has passed by. It is already the Christmas week and of course, this needs some more romance on Romantic Tuesday. So, this is my song for today also fitting my poem. Enjoy 😉😍 Read more ›

Christmas in my little world!

In a nutshell: The past two days were filled with eating, coming, and going… Read more ›

Christmas Song of the Day🎄

Merry Christmas to all of you

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Daily Kind Quote

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In Love and Light

24 Days of Grateful – Final

Thank you one more time for inviting me to the 24 Days of Grateful challenge Alexandra. I enjoyed it a lot  and I am very thankful I I participated.  I cannot believe day 24 has already come.

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Merry Christmas!

My lovely blog family, thank you all for making this blogging experience an essential part of my life. Thank you for your loyalty, for visiting my blog, and for sharing a part of yourself with me in your comments. My blog grew immensely over this year only because of each one of you! I thank you from the bottom of my heart that you are giving me the feeling that what I do makes sense. Read more ›

Christmas Song of the Day🎄

Merry Christmas everyone. Christmas Eve has come and I post my absolute favorite Christmas song today. I found a version of Il Divo. I love that formation a lot and their version is just 😍😍😍

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Daily Kind Quote

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In Love and Light

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

This one is dedicated to my van driving blog brother, Rich! Drive safely, bro! Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful and Announcement

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Romantic Tuesday Christmas Poem 🎄

Christmas Reflections

My head rests on your shoulder
Your arms around my waist
Standing in front of our tree
As we do on Christmas days

I’m thinking back to our first one
We celebrated together
You looked into my eyes and said:
“This is the best Christmas ever!”

We had already come so far
Together passed the stormy sea
Hand in hand we climbed the mountain
And crossed that deep and dark valley

Like Bonnie and Clyde
Like Yoko and John
We’ve felt this closeness
Already from day one

Our hearts have been open
Right from day one
Since true love has happened
Our life’s just begun

A oneness we have never known
But yearned for painfully
Now we know t’was a memory
Of what was meant to be

“I hold your hand
And you hold mine
Now and Forever
Till the end of time”

Vows which never lose their meaning
Although spoken years ago
In fact with every passing day
They deepened in its loving flow

I look at you, you look at me
I know you think the same
Because we always feel like one
Two hearts like one huge burning flame

I look into your loving eyes
And I can hardly breathe.
I love you so much more, my wonder,
On this Christmas Eve!

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In love and Light

Song of the Day

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24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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The Magic of Christmas 💖

I guess you all agree that Christmas is the time of year when we are more receptive for sharing love and compassion, for lending hands and being more tolerant than at any other time of the year. Although  the hectic of finding our way through overcrowded stores and getting the last Christmas gifts just in time can be very stressful. But let’s leave that out for a moment and just concentrate on the meaning of Christmas. Read more ›

Song of the Day

Finally the UN were able to agree for a resolution plan regarding the war in Syria! Let’s hope that this is a way of bringing peace into that land and giving millions of people a chance to feel home again.

Two songs that are giving me more goose bumps today than ever before! Read more ›

Christmas Trees Around The World

Colleen of Silver Threading had the lovely idea of sharing Christmas trees. This afternoon we decorated our tree. Most of the decoration still is from our time in Buffalo. Over time we added this or that and homemade decorations. But I always stuck with the classic colors red, green, and gold. We still hang ornaments the kids made in school and chocolate. Very important to me is the tinsel. Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

My friend of Van By The River posted the original by Stevie Wonder lately. Since I love the song but don’t want to steal her idea this is my chance to bring my MJ into the game. Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

Some of you are already off for the Holidays! Enjoy this funny Christmas song for a joyful beginning of the Holiday break! Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful and Grateful Blogger Award

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

Yesterday Sandra of A Momma’s View nominated me for a new award. Gratitude is such an important attitude and  powerful tool to activate our creative power for directing our lives into a positive direction. I could not be more grateful and happy to be gifted with this award – most of all by a wonderful person like Sandra! Thank you so very much. Please check her blog out and you will see how much of love, wisdom, inspiration, and motivation she spreads!

I though it would be a great opportunity to combine the challenge with this award nomination since it could be fitting any better!

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Song of the Day

I just noticed that time is running out until Christmas and I still want to share so many beautiful songs with you. I hope you don’t mind me posting two songs today 😃 Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

I don’t know why but this version of this song is my favorite one! I am sure it has to do with memories about the time I heard it a lot. Must have been good times though 😃 Enjoy! Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

It is almost only one week left until Christmas eve. That means I am going to post one of my favorite Christmas songs every day now! I am sorry for all of you who are already fed up with them. The good news is…. it is only for the next 8 days! Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

I was looking for a matching song for my poem of today and came across this one. I hope you like it although it has some melancholy in it! Have a wonderful Tuesday! Read more ›

24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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24 Days of Grateful

Alexandra of AlexandraWriteNow  is doing a wonderful challenge from Dec. 1 – 24 and she calls it 24 Days of Grateful and it is about posting one thing a day I am grateful for.  Everybody feel free to join in!

Lisa of Life Of An El Paso Women nominated me for The 12 Days of Christmas challenge too. Although I cannot participate in that one too I try to give it justice by including it in my Grateful posts!

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Song of the Day

Sunday, Christmas time…………. time for another Christmas song. This one is beautiful for a soulful Sunday in December. What do you think? Have a beautiful Sunday, my friends! Read more ›

Song of the Day

I know I said that I would not post Christmas songs daily. But when I went for my grocery shopping today that song was played. It always makes me smile and sing along and it is a nice song for a Friday too! What do you think? Read more ›

Song of the Day

Time for another Christmas song! This is one of my absolute favorites. I found a beautiful version sung by Celtic Woman. Read more ›

Romantic Tuesday

It’s not what it has been….

Candles lit
Christmas songs are playing
A plate with Christmas cookies
On the coffee table
How I loved that time of the year
Enjoyed that atmosphere

But this year is different
The cookies are not eaten
Drying out on that plate
The candles are burning down
Without being seen
The Christmas songs are playing
But nobody notices
And when the CD stops
The room is filled with silence… Read more ›

Song of the Day

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs in this particular version from 1982. I know that many love this one. A true classic of two legends! Read more ›

Song of the Day

I looooooooooooove Christmas songs! I don’t know if it is because we only hear them for about 4 weeks a year or because they just have this romantic touch….. you know…. helpless romantic 😍 Anyway, I love them and I will share some with you at times until Christmas.  Here is one I was reminded of yesterday. Thought I share it. For those who don’t like Christmas songs…. it’s only temporary… lol!

Happy Friday!

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Song of the Day

Christmas season started and I am already waiting for my favorite Christmas movies! My absolute number 1 is this one: Read more ›

Christmas season starts!

This is a post I did last year! It tells a bit about our Christmas traditions. Today is the 1st Advent over here which I explain below:

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Last weekend we started to hang the Christmas lights all around the house. I will post some photos later on. We don’t lighten them yet but want to be prepared for the first Advent weekend which is the next weekend. Read more ›

No snow but peaceful and beautiful – Merry Christmas!

Someday at Christmas

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Love, Peace and Happiness!

Erika

Merry Christmas and Thank You!

Since I was welcomed so lovely and have found a wonderful place here on WordPress I wanted to post a video of me and wanted to say thank you in person. But for some reason I did not figure out how I can make a moving picture AND sound. It was driving me crazy and at some point I had to stop. But I will work on it!

For now I just send you all my most heartfelt embraces. I would have never believed to find friends on a social media platform. I would have never expected to become part of another kind of family.

My number one reason why I love my presence on WordPress:

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Where is Christmas…?

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Christmas Market in Feldkirch (Austria)

This afternoon/evening we went to the traditional Christmas market in the historic center of Feldkirch in Austria. This city is only about a 15 minutes drive away from us. Before my parents moved to Liechtenstein with us we lived around that area.

I don’t think I need to explain a lot since I already posted some insights about our Christmas market traditions. If you missed them just click on the links below:

Soon our Christmas season starts

When the nights are getting lighter than the days … it is Christmas time!

Visiting St. Nikolaus

Christmas Market in Lindau

Now enjoy the Christmas market feeling!

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I love Christmas!

In Love and Light!

Christmas lies in your Heart!

Christmas is a sense of divinity

Christmas Market in Lindau (Germany)

First of all I apologize that I wasn’t able to read and react to your posts over the weekend. We had problems with our internet connection. Thank God I already scheduled my regular posts for this week. Anyway, internet is back and I am happy to share our weekend event with you.

On Saturday my husband, my mom and I went to one of our favorite Christmas Markets in Lindau. The city lies at the lake Constance. The market is located right at the historic harbor. It is a beautiful scenery. Although there were more people than we ever experienced we enjoyed it more than ever. We really love it. Also about in the middle we always stop and enjoy a hot punc, a hot chocolate or a hot spiced wine. Read more ›

When the nights are getting lighter than the days … it is Christmas time!

Hello, my friends!

Yesterday my husband took some pics from the Christmas lights around our house. No snow by now, but if we will get some I will make it an effort to deliver more photos. It looks fantastic when everything is covered with snow and all the lights are on. Read more ›

Visiting St. Nikolaus

In Central Europe we have a tradition. On December 6 we celebrate St. Nikolaus. On that day kids are visited at home from St. Nikolaus and his helper Krampus. Nikolaus is reading in his big golden book where everything is noted down what the kids did good and less good. Also Nikolaus gives the kids a bag with treats and little presents (prepared in advance by the parents). That’s the classic way.

For a view years now we have “The Nikolaus in the woods”. Last weekend we visited our Nikolaus again. We used to go with our three kids, but meanwhile it is the seconed time that my husband and I are fostering this tradition. Therefore we need to take a walk into the woods not far away from where we live. Read more ›

Christmas feeling!

Today I thought I share some photos of our decoration. It got less during the last 2 years. I used to put everything I had somewhere. But I was so tired of taking half a day to put everything away after Christmas. That’s why I have a selected choice of lights and decoration items. All my decorations are home-made (except the Advent wreath). I love that nostalgic kind of decoration. I saw that the photos are not of such a good quality. Hope you enjoy it anyway.

I also took pics from the outside. But they did not work out at all. Have to ask my husband to take them. He knows better about the settings of the camera.

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In Love and Light!

Christmas: The Holiday of Love!

Why do I love Christmas so much? I think it is the same reason why most of you (the ones of you who celebrate it of course) might love it. It is this special atmosphere that is lying in the air. This excitement of getting back to feelings and practices of our childhood. The commitment we have a thousand times more than in all the other months of the year, and this certain sensitivity and sensibility.

I know that not everyone feels like that. When you lost a loved one. When you had a tough year or when Christmas means stress because you feel pushed to fulfill expectations or when you are impelled to be with people (family) you tried to avoid throughout the year. Then the holidays might be sad, depressive, stress and frustrating even before they actually started.

Christmas is called the Holiday of Love. We all deserve to feel, experience and therefore give that love. It is the perfect day to get aware that love is all we have to give in the end. If we want to live in peace we have to develop a sense of love for our outside world. We have to develop a sense of love in order to fill ourselves with love. We have to develop a sense of love to find ways to celebrate this love with others and give away this most precious gift.

Whatever we experienced throughout the year. Make peace with it. Get aware that life means more than struggle and competition. Life is development and mutual support. And the greatest power for that comes out of love. We yearn for it , wish for it, search for it – like the one next to us, like the homeless, like the child that has to spend Christmas at the hospital, like that relative who might have bothered you in the past. Take all your anger, frustration and disappointment and decide consciously to celebrate the Holiday of Love. Transform all your anger and be willing to fill yourself with love in order to spend the most fulfilling Christmas ever. If you cannot forgive and just wait for the first “wrong” comment, you punish yourself.

Here are some tips how you can fill your heart with love and satisfaction:

Do something good. Buy a homeless a hot meal. Let someone go in front of you when you are standing in line. Put some cookies anonymously in front of a person’s door in order to show that someone cares.

Simplify the holidays, don’t stress yourself out in order to not be totally exhausted and angry.

Be grateful for the fact that there are people around you that care for you and thank for the chance to give something back at this special time of the year.

Consciously hug the ones you have been struggling with and get aware that they also have an important supportive place in your life. Wish them a Merry Christmas and mean it.

Don’t look out for tensions you expect like “every year” but decide to fill yourself with love, decide to let everybody be who he is, decide to have fun and enjoy like you never enjoyed it before, decide to spread good vibrations, and decide to make everybody feel welcome in your surrounding.

In Love and Light!

Soon our Christmas season starts!

Last weekend we started to hang the Christmas lights all around the house. I will post some photos later on. We don’t lighten them yet but want to be prepared for the first Advent weekend which is the next weekend.

Advent is our pre-Christmas season and it starts right four Sundays prior to Christmas.  One of the habits on those Sundays is to lighten an Advent wreath like this one:

It has 4 candles on it – one for each Sunday. Each Sunday we are lighten one more candle on the wreath. I used to dot those wreathes by myself for about 15 years. I loved to decorate them in a classic way like the one above. But within the past 5 years I had to simplify a lot and I bought a wreath which I can use every year. I only have to buy new candles. I will post a photo as soon as it is ready.

Our family usually does the Advent celebration in the late afternoon or early evening, when it is getting dark outside. We listen to Christmas songs, read Christmas stories, and eat cookies. At times we also play some games instead of reading. It is a very peaceful time and even the kids don’t want to miss it as they grow.

Also we are visiting Christmas markets all over the area. There are a lot in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. And all of them are in a comfortable radius. We live very central over here.

Here is an example of a Christmas market:

This is the famous Christkindlmarkt in Vienna

And here is one in front of the Schloss SchönbrunnOn those Christmas markets they sell decorations, food, cookies, candies and lots of stuff around Christmas. You also can eat well and have a cup of punch or hot spiced wine. When there is snow around you see the lights and hear the Christmas songs all over the place it is like in a fairy tale. I love it a lot! I will try to take some pictures of some markets we are going to visit this year. I can’t wait to share my favorite season of the year with all of you since I feel as a part of a big new family here on WordPress.

In Love and Light!

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