Tag Archives: Christmas

Happy 2nd Advent

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Finally I managed to get my Christmas tree up…. here it is:

can you see you carefully I draped the cat around the bottom of the tree….

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While decorating the tree I listened to a beautiful song –

Where peaceful waters flow – Chris de Burgh

Where he sings appropriately :

“Only love can find the door …

Only love can reach the shore to heaven”

Love and peace to you all!

 

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My sixth star!

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My blog of the year award is full of shiney stars and Sharla completed it!

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Thank you so much Sharla for adding my last wonderful star.

I appreciate it and show it happily!

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Here are some pictures from the German Christmas Market along the Thames in London.

They are taken with my phone so night photos do not come out so well.

I loved the stalls and the smell and the atmosphere.

I shall go again!

I enjoyed an Ostrich burger for the first time in my life, rather nice!

It is cold and next time I go,

I shall indulge in a cup of hot chocolate with real whipped cream on top…. hmmmmm.

Can’t wait!

Enjoy your Pre – Christmas time with friends, hot chocolate, loved ones and togetherness.

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and keep warm!

Much love to all of you from Ute!

Give Thanks

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Give Thanks with a grateful heart……

My favourite!

I thank the LORD for guiding me and shining his light on my path. He has made me stronger and richer on my way.

With this I want to give thanks to everyone,

who has made my year 2012 a wonderful year.

It had ups and downs, and I am grateful I could cope with everything.

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“I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

my favourite verse which gives me strength!

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Since I am blogging I have experienced more love, kindness and friendship than ever before.

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I THANK YOU

with all my heart!

Wishing you all a peaceful

and wonderful Christmas !

First Advent

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In Germany, as a child, my parents always celebrated the Advent time with us. Advent and particularly the four Sundays before Christmas Day have been a period of preparation for Christmas for many centuries.

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Advent time is starting 4 weeks before Christmas. Every Sunday we light a candle.   Advent wreaths are groups of four candles with leaves and twigs from evergreen trees and plants. We had a bouquet of fir twigs on the table with 4 candles. My mum always decorated it beautifully. We light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday  which is 23rd December this year. We then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period.

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A bit like a countdown to Christmas. We loved it as children when my mum, in the evenings after dinner,  sat at the piano and played Christmas songs and we sang to it, or played the recorder to it. It was a fantastic family time together with candle light and music. I loved that tradition.

I will be taking my guitar out and play some Christmas songs tonight for my children.

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I am wishing you a wonderful 1st Advent Sunday!

Related Articles:

http://bubblydiaries.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/advent-2011/

http://individumel.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/die-adventszeit-beginnt-und-die-weihnachtsdeko-wird-entstaubt/

http://rebeckajo.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/1st-of-advent/

Miracles

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Now before Christmas I always get busy trying to perform miracles so I can give them away!

Here is one:

I have this:

and this scarf came out of it:

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Then I had stones and bits of metal

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and this came out of it.

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I love doing craft and knitting, and I think they are the best Christmas presents.

Nothing more beautiful than a self made present which was made taking one’s time and putting lots of love in it.

I do love giving and I like to give with warmth and love!

Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing time towards Christmas!