...but true: Christmas is already over! Just like I found it hard to get my head round the fact that last Monday was the last time I could go to the Christmas Market and will have to wait a whole year before I can do that again, I can't believe Christmas is already over. I loved every minute of it; not just Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but also the weeks leading up to it.
The (real) tree at my parents' with the (real) candles lit on Christmas Eve:
Its shape is a bit... unusual, but we like it! And it being a bit shorter than what we usually have means that the gold star on the top could be attached without much difficulty, and sit really straight this time ;-)
On the morning of Christmas Day, I opened my presents from England after having already received many presents on Christmas Eve. It amazes me every year how much there is! And with the exception of one scarf that is simply not my style (when it comes to pattern and colour), everything is either useful (such as the curry-coloured scarf my sister knitted for me, or the legwarmers my Mum made for me), or can be eaten (look at how much chocolate I got!) or is simply beautiful, such as the wonderful items of jewellery I got this year. In this picture you can see only their elegant little boxes, but they deserve their own post, and you know I won't pass on the opportunity to show them to you!
I hope nobody was too disappointed with what I chose as gifts for them. I was - disappointed, I mean - when we found out that the perfume I bought for my mother was not the one I intended it to be. At the shop where I bought it, I had specifically asked for a scent my Mum used to love, and had not had in years. The lady at the shop had assured me that this was the one, and I trusted her, but she gave me the wrong one. It is as much my fault as hers, and I offered to take it back to the shop, but my Mum said she'll keep it. Still, it is disappointing, because I meant to give her this special gift and now it is not special at all.
And while up until now, our month was more like March than December, look what view I woke up to this morning:
It is the 27th today, and the shops will be bursting I guess, but I still have to go and get some groceries in. Never mind; I'll just wear my new scarf and the warm wellies I bought a few years ago, and I'll be fine.
Hope you are all enjoying this "in between" time of the year.