Thursday, December 13, 2012
Dreaming of Christmas
11 days until Christmas! Time has passed so quickly...
Here is a little Christmas mood board for you. As you can see, my Christmas is white and quite Nordic. We're celebrating Christmas in Finland, just like last year and I can't wait to be at my grandparents' again, decorating the Christmas tree, making a gingerbread house and just eating and smelling all things Christmas.
Even though I don't actively go to church and I don't consider myself very religious, advent candles are a custom I do practice. (picture credit: 1. Home Shopping Spy) Here in the Netherlands I got myself four simple glass candle/tea light holders from IKEA and white candles for them. I have been lighting one on both Sunday evenings when I get back from Hoorn.
I love Christmas decorations! After Christmas 2010 D and I bought ourselves a lot of Christmas decorations that were on sale. Last year in Finland we decorated the Christmas tree at my grandparents' home with them. Silver, glitter and white. Now I want to start gathering more natural and traditional decorations to tone down the bling. (picture credit: 2. Lene Bjerre DK) I wouldn't even mind the traditional straw decorations. Living abroad is bringing up my inner Finn.
White Christmas. Last year the Christmas in Finland wasn't very white, and the year before we were in the Netherlands and the Christmas in Hoorn wasn't white at all, so now I'm really hoping that this year I get to enjoy a white Christmas once more. (picture credit: 3. Patrick Engman)
Gingerbread house is a must-have. When I was little my parents would always make one, and my grandparents often made one too and eating it was always the highlight of the New Year's Eve. Last year I made one myself, a Dutch street with a bicycle and all, and this year D and I are going to make one. Not sure what it's going to look like, perhaps we'll just make a very simple cottage this year. (picture credit: 4. Kotiliesi)
For me Christmas isn't about the presents, hasn't been in years. Getting together with my loved-ones and eating together and spending time together is much more important. There is also the certain Christmas atmosphere. It's hard to put it down in writing, but I love it. Twinkling lights, the scents, the excitement... very sentimental but that's why Christmas is my favourite celebration. Nothing can beat it. (picture credit: 5. indigofurniture)
I'm so glad to be going home for Christmas. As much as I like the Netherlands, there is no place like home, especially when it's Christmas time.
Suomalaiset lukijat!! Häpeilemätöntä mainostusta, mutta käykääpäs kurkkimassa kirjoittamaani terveysjuttua Nollapiste -nettilehden puolella... Tiedoksi myös muille kirjoittamisesta tykkääville, että lehden toimitukseen haetaan koko ajan uusia innokkaita toimittajia eli jos kiinnostaa niin ottakaa yhteyttä lehden toimitukseen!