Tag Archives: Christmas

Remembering Christmas

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My Christmas Memories

When I was a child in Germany

we celebrated Christmas in the evening 24th December.

Dad would get a real tree in the morning and we were allowed to help

decorating it with our handmade decorations

like paperchains, straw stars and lanterns etc.

We made candle holders out of walnut shells.

Then we were sent out the room for a while.

We had to listen for a little bell.

Once we heard the bell we went into the room with anticipation.

The tree was lit (with real candles) presents under or next to the tree.

We did not open presents then.

Mum sat at the piano and played Christmas carols, we sang to it.

Then us children played Christmas carols on the recorder with my mum.

It was a wonderful happy, warm and peaceful feeling.

Then a record was put on with the Christmas story and a choir singing carols,

only then we started to open presents.

Everyone was happy, Dad watching the tree carefully with the candles.

We loved to blow them all out.

After all this Mum served a lovely small dinner with filled Vol-au vents,

and home baked Christmas cookies.

We spent a happy family evening together.

Always a magical Christmas for us, a special time,

and I remember it fondly filled with so much love.

 

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Christmas Tree 1983

Kew Gardens 4th Smile by night

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Early darkness invites to many lights.

With Christmas coming up

what is better to combine light with Christmas

and start the Christmas season in the big garden.

Kew’s Christmas Lights!

 

My favourite new flowers in Kew!

 

 

There were light shows with music, laser light pictures projected on a screen of a water fountain, green laser lights with fog, amazing displays of colourful lights, a whole field of lights changing colour with the rhythm of the music and much more. Too much to capture everything on camera. Of course there was mulled wine and hot chocolate too!

I did capture it all in my memory!

Please click on the picture to enlarge them.

All pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.

 

Merry Christmas

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May your home be filled with warmth 

and good cheer this holiday.

May the glow of Christmas

fill the hearts of you and your loved ones

and bring love and peace!

 

 

Christmas Decorations

 

 

 

 

on this tree

 

Heartfelt Christmas greetings

from my heart to your heart.

Sending you the warmest hugs!

 

Much Love from 

xxx Ute xxx 

 

 

Weekly inspiration No 48 – December Positive Preparations

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We are entering December,

Christmas season.

It is a wonderful time

Even though it is colder and darker;

if you are prepared for it and get to it with a positive outlook

it will be an awesome December.

  

 

Some ideas for a warm and happy December:

(if your December cold too.)

 

Get candles, scented or not, they give a warm peaceful feeling,

 

Wear woolly jumpers, they make you feel so cosy,

experiment with soups and stews, perfect for cold days,

 

have fun with making handmade crafts,

prepare for Christmas with selfmade cards or maybe knitted gifts

Make some cookies

 

invite friends to share a hot cup of cocoa and a chat.

Wishing you all a very wonderful December!

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With love

from me

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all pictures are from Google, except the soup, that was mine and it was delicious. 🙂

Merry Christmas 2016

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2016 is coming to an end and Christmas is here again.

Here are some impressions I captured while out during the Advent time.

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A Big Thank you from my heart

for walking with me through this year .

Sending you all warm hugs and much love,

your cyber friendship means a lot to me.

Ute xxx

 

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Happy Christmas 2015

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May your Christmas be 

wrapped with love

tied up with fun

and filled with health and happiness.

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I wish for people to have peace,

to feel love,

to be kind to each other… not just at Christmas

and to send kindness forward.

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Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!

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Sending you all my love

be richly blessed,

and thank you for your friendship over the years!

 

I am so excited…

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I am so excited…

it is snowing

on my blog!

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Now I can really get into the mood for Christmas.

I love the season and enjoy the dark nights.

Sitting by a candle,

have a freshly made cup of open herbal or fruit tea,

and knit or just dream….

singing Christmas songs from my choir…

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Wishing everyone a peaceful and love filled Advent time!