and happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2012 will be a great year for all of you.
My Christmas was as lovely, relaxing and Christmasy as I hoped it would be. I got a few books for Christmas, and I even made a video of it, so if you’re currently looking to spend 3 minutes on doing something, feel free to watch my Christmas Book Haul
I don’t have any new year resolutions planned for 2012. I guess 2011 turned out to be such a great year for me, so I kind of expect 2012 to be just as good and amazing. I don’t really want to change anything. Maybe read a few more books, but that’s bound to happen anyway
What about you, do you make new year resolutions? I’d love to hear about them (maybe you can inspire me a little, and I can do monthly resolutions or something).
I’ll be back tomorrow with Book Friday, where I’ll do a review on The Hunger Games. Yeah! See you all soon.
I totally forgot to post my new video before I went away on holiday. I’m talking about my Christmas reading list 2011. You can watch it if you like, even though Christmas is soon coming to an end I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays, and that you got a lot of books for Christmas. I did, so I’ll probably make a video on that soon too + a book shelf tour Enjoy!
As I opened my advent calendar this morning, I realized – we”re only 2 days away from Christmas. I can’t believe how fast December went this year. I guess it’s because I’m busier than last year with work etc. Still…we’ve had many cosy Christmasy December days this year as well.
So how are you guys doing with your Christmas preparations? I’m all finished, I only have to pack my bag for tomorrow as we are going away for the Christmas weekend. I am thinking about the books I want to take with me, and I’ll try to post a Christmas reading list video on YouTube before take-off The safest thing to bring is my Kindle, just in case I end up reading alot all weekend.
How are your Christmas traditions? Here in Norway we celebrate Christmas a bit different than in other countries. December 24th is our big Christmas day. That’s when we eat our main Christmas dinner, open presents (in the evening), get our Christmas stocking and get together with family. Santa Clause comes to visit in the evening (no secret visits down the chimney during the night), and he gives us our presents directly from his gift bag. I have always imagined it to be connected with time zones and the fact that Santa lives closer to Norway than for example the US (and therefore he comes here first) December 25th is just another holiday for us, relaxing and eating lots of food. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
I guess that’s it for my Christmas rambling for today. I’m just really looking forward to my Christmas vacation (starting from tonight). I’ll be back tomorrow with some last minute Christmas tips.
If you are like me (a bit slow sometimes), you probably haven’t bought fillers to your loved ones Christmas stockings yet. I have started, but probably have to go shopping for the rest later today. As a last minute try to help those of you who are late, I have a few stocking filler tips
On Sunday we went to the opera house for the annual Nutcracker ballet. It was as lovely as always, and they had even changed the choreography a bit this year. I think my favourite part is when Clara and the Prince go into the snowy forest (the music with the choir is so beautiful – and then it starts to snow…awwww). Oh – and we must not forget the always beautiful and lovely Sugar Plum Fairy
As I sat there watching Clara and the others dance, I started thinking about how many productions this spesific ballet must have had throughout the years, I wondered if there had been dramatically different versions played. In order to figure this out, I Googled, and here are some of the many versions that have been played
A contemporary version called “Krakatuk” was played at Circus on Fontanka. They combined the original idea behind The Nutcracker with theatre and circus. Exciting stuff, but maybe not to everyones taste?
Matthew Bourn decided to make a new version, where the children were in an orphanaged (very Dickens-like). They also sport some very untraditional costumes and scenography.
Rudolf Nureyev made a Freudian version for the Royal Swedish ballet in 1967. In this version the heroin grows up to become the Sugar Plum Fairy. That would be fun to watch!
Personally, I think I prefer the “original” story. Just plain forward as it was intended. Call me boring, I just think some things are best done the way they were supposed to be done.
I’m just stopping by to wish you all a pleasant weekend. I’ve spent my day decorating, cleaning, tidying, wrapping some presents and baking Christmas cookies. I’ve been busy, but that’s kind of how it is before Christmas I kind of like it too…all this prepping before the big holiday.
Tomorrow I’m going to see the Nutcracker. It’s such a nice Christmas tradition, and Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it. I’ll also finish my Christmas shopping and get some stocking fillers. I’m thinking about writing a post on stocking fillers, as it’s such a treat to prepare/make (I think). You can really personalize the stocking by choosing the right filling. I love it
So, I’ll finish off with these lovely links, and wish you all a happy, holly weekend!
I’m up early today to give my dog some extra TLC before leaving him alone while I’m at work. I’m trying to scratch his belly with my left hand while typing with my right. It’s slow, but oh – so cosy.
On to todays post… I didn’t know this. I hadn’t noticed. I didn’t realise that you can actually:
GO ICE SKATING ON THE EIFFEL TOWER!!!!!
Yes, I was stunned when I saw this. Last year, the Eiffel tower opened a skating rink on the first floor of the tower. It’s not particularly big, but just imagine how magical it must be to actually skate there! Watch out New York Rockefeller Center – Paris will soon rule the Christmas skating business
If you live nearby Paris, the skating rink is open between December 15th and February 9th. Happy skating!
As you all know, I am addicted to my dog. He is my little baby and I love him to death. Since he is such an important creature, I always give him some nice Christmas gifts. This year he will get a new, big, soft dog bed + of course some snacks.
If you’ve got a special 4-legged someone in your life, here’s a few tips on what to give him/her for Christmas
There will be no doggie birthday or Christmas without a new loofa dog! Pet Smart have got the holiday editions, and I promise your doggie will LOVE it!
Do like me, and give your dog a soft bed to snooze in. I fell for this soft and cozy bed surrounded by high walls (to make sure that your beloved friend doesn’t fall out of bed during an interesting dream).
If you let your dog sleep in your bed or couch, make sure he doesn’t have to jump to get there. Too much jumping up and down from furniture will be rough on his back. A staircase like this one is both decorative and smart!
Snacks are important, and you should make sure there’s a little treat underneath the Christmas tree for your little doggie. These dog treats are shaped and colored to match the season.
For the dog who needs a bit of pampering – this adorable soap-on-a-rope will be the perfect holiday gift.
And if you decide to give your dog a bath, why not tuck him in this lovely bathrobe afterwards? Your dog will love you for it (unless you start laughing of him)
I hope you take your dog in on some of the Christmas preparations this year. My doxie is always nearby as I’m baking Christmas cookies or putting up some decorations.