A Christmas hug

It is Christmas again and there maybe some presents under your tree, but they are objects that cannot replace a hug that some may be wishing that they had as a present this year.

Many people who maybe are alone or longing for the hug from some family member are now thinking back about the times when hugs were freely given to all without a thought about the simple hug and now the simple hug has turned into something that we all long for and are beginning to appreciate what a hug really means to us.

Think about the word “Hug”

H is for heartfelt and showing strong feelings that are sincere.

U is for unasked and you would like to know without asking.

G is for generous and to give something freely.

This little definition of a hug could be true in many ways but otherwise a hug is defined as:

Hug*: to put your arms around somebody and hold them tightly, especially to show that you like or love them. (source: *Oxford-Advanced Learners Dictionary)

So, that little hug that many maybe longing for can be there in our thoughts by shutting our eyes and just imaging that that loved one is there hugging you and the wonderful memories of the previous hugs that we freely gave to everyone without thinking about what we were doing.

A little hug can go along way without saying anything that words can describe. So, one thing can be learned from how things are right now, is that we need to appreciate the small things in life, like a hug.

Give a hug if you can and then your day will be better.

Get a jump on Christmas

Remember the times as a kid when you wrote that letter to Santa Claus with your wish list that was about a mile long, and of course everything was on it that you could think of; whether you really needed it or not… But the wish list was written, and the wishes were there, and Santa Claus would pop by and of course fulfill the wish list (at least in my dreams).

Jolly Ol Saint Nick must have squeezed himself down thousands of chimneys and eaten zillions of cookies too on Christmas Eve… I wonder how he managed all that in his relentless job of delivering all those toys to the kids around the world???? Plus, as a kid, what I found more amazing, was that I never saw Santa Claus in my childhood. He seemed to visit our house put the presents under the tree and take-off in a jiffy.

Looking back at it I see Santa must have had a good time management system, and probably attended one of those seminars on “How to be more productive” and not to mention the fact that he must have spent a fortune on buying those addresses of where each kid lived… Santa must have been a real sort of advanced thinking guy for those times back then.

Then there were his reindeer that were top fit to pull his sleigh. Those deer must have participated in one of those special “Reindeer keep fit courses”. Do they still offer those courses nowadays??? I bet not anymore. Times have changed.

Though Santa’s “life hacks” were amazing back then. As many of you may remember he had his own tracking system shown on TV, showing his exact location somewhere, and the guy did not have GPS either. You can say what you want here, but that was something!!!

When I think back about those Christmas’s one thing is missing… You ask “What”???

I never got Santa’s phone number to say “Thank you” for delivery all those great presents to our house and placing them under our Christmas tree.

So, Santa, should you be reading this here: I just want to say “Thank you” for all those great toys that you brought to our house back then!!

Leftovers again……

There you have it… the big day is over and there is all this food leftover and what to do with it…. OMG… but like every year there are the leftover meals from what is left-over from the 25th and like always the recipe ideas are in abundance online as to what to do with your leftovers.

When I think back on my childhood, my mom didn’t have internet, but somehow knew what to make out of the left-overs from our Christmas dinner, maybe the meals weren’t as exciting as what is around for ideas today, but I must admit what my mom made from the left-overs tasted really good and we never complained either… Thanks “mom” for all the great tasting Christmas meal leftovers!

But the all time favorite back then was left-over turkey on bread with gravy and what ever else was left-over from the meal…. Maybe some of you remember that or still eat it… That was just as good as the meal on Christmas day, if you ask me…. But you didn’t! And the great thing about it was that it was easy to make too…. Not too much work for my mom, who had worked so hard on the previous day in the kitchen preparing everything.

This is a tradition too, but most people don’t see it that way because everyone is too preoccupied with the 25th of December and aren’t thinking about the tradition of eating leftovers… A tradition in itself…. And I think there should be a “ National Left-Over’s day the 26th of December”!

So, for those of you out there going to eat left-over’s today…. All I can say is “ enjoy yourself” on National Left-Over’s day!!

Another year again with Decorations

There you have it… November is here and Christmas decorations are in all the stores again…. But nothing is new, so I decided to take a look at my collection of decorations that seem to have collected themselves through the years… Maybe you know this phenomenon at your house too???

I see all these tips (life hacks) as to how to organize my decorations and sort them out and so forth and the most annoying are the strings of lights that seem to magically tangle themselves throughout the summer months. How this happens is beyond me…. Really baffling when I think about it (maybe better not to think about it..)

Of course, with good intentions I bought all the organizational material needed to sort out my chaos of decorations, but the thought of them not being placed in their beloved box that I bought them in, that is held together with adhesive tape brings tears to my eyes… that carton or better said the box for the glass tree decorations has a history to it and just looking at the faded price sticker reminds me of the day I bought them… How can an organization box with everything crammed neatly into it give me the same feeling???? No, it can’t!!!!

And there before my eyes are the strings of lights, some brightly colored and others only with white bulbs tangled up overnight by themselves, because I know I placed them properly in the box at the end of the Christmas season, plus which string of lights still works or which string has burnt-out bulbs??? A puzzling question indeed!!!
This is a job that needs to be tackled right away before the magic moment of using them in December… Nothing worse than a burnt-out bulb to ruin the look of your Christmas tree or the fact that the whole darn string of bulbs don’t work because one bulb is burnt-out and the lights are already on the tree… I know the lights worked before I hung them on the tree ( I tried them out first and everyone light-up) I am sure you know that problem too????
Then there are the yearly broken decorations in the box…. How that happened is beyond me??? The OMG effect is best in this case is my motto..

When confronted with a broken glass decoration is care of the utmost importance; not because you could cut yourself, but because maybe the decoration has memories attached to it and so depose of it with care when saying good-bye to it… Good bye dear decoration….we had many years of great times together!!!

One more thing are those plastic decorations that are a dime a dozen but do not stand a chance on my tree, because they just don’t have the shine and shimmer that glass decorations can give you on your tree….

But what I really wanted to say is: Sort out your decorations carefully and enjoy the moments when doing it, because there can be great memories attached to some decorations and we seem to forget that in our busy lives…….. Have fun sorting out!!!

Christmas is over….

Well Christmas is over and now we are counting the days until the New Year 2017…. My how time fly’s!

Though Christmas is not that far in the past and so many people seem not to gotten the present they hoped for and want to return it to where it was purchased and exchange it for something else that they like… this seems like a normal thing with lots of people, but I must be lucky because I am always happy with what I receive and never want to return anything that I get.

And now there are the over abundance of tips as to what to do with the leftovers from Christmas dinner and how to store all the food properly, as if it is something new all these food hacks (ideas/tips) nothing has changed, just the design of the plates the food is served on and as for storing the food, common sense I hope still exists and we know what to do.

Though like every year now there are the tips on how to lose those extra Christmas pounds in time for New Years Eve, so you can wear that new little outfit…. I think I’ll skip that and wait and enjoy myself instead of worrying… I feel better already!
Nothing worse than not being able to enjoy yourself…. Everyone around you is eating and drinking something, and there you are saying” Sorry, no thanks. I am on a diet until 31 December”… Just image the comment or the facial expression of the person you say that too…. They will/would probably think you’re nuts!!

Sorry got a bit sidetracked here. I think I’ll just put my feet-up and take it easy and enjoy myself and forget about all the food hacks,diets,etc….

Enjoy yourself too….Christmas is over only once a Year!

Come and Gone….

It was here as quick as it was over with a blink of an eye…… It was Christmas and another blink, and it was over…….
We spend sooooooo much time preparing for a couple of hours of togetherness and then Christmas is here and a couple of hours later it is over with only memories, some photos and presents left-over for us to look at and hopefully for everyone a happy memory of those hours.

Before Christmas this year I was looking around at the people only to see faces that seemed stressed-out and no smiles (where have the smiles gone???). Somehow, my childhood memories seem to be filled with more people smiling when I was out and about…… Whether that is true or not; I can’t say, but it seemed so and was nice to see.
Please world don’t forget how to smile because it is something that doesn’t cost anything and is so nice to see.

Now everyone is getting ready for the next round of action…. New Years eve and then there you have it; not only has Christmas come and gone, but a year too.

Though before that happens there is still time to enjoy the last days of this year and that is what we should do and, so enjoy the last days of this year and have a happy and healthy New Year 2016!

Time again…..

The seasons are just flying by and the geese are saying good bye and now the stores are saying „ Christmas is just around the corner“…. OMG is all I can say!

I need time and don’t want to be rushed into Christmas, because it is still a while off and Halloween hasn’t even taken place or Thanksgiving for that fact…. But NO we need to worry about Christmas…

Is that the only thing that people or retailers can think about??? What happened to enjoying the time between seasons as they happen and not rush,rush for upcoming times/ events that haven’t even happened yet??

I want to enjoy the leaves as they change color or walk in the woods and hear the crackle of the dry leaves under my feet and not worry about Christmas is just around the corner. Then there is so much to enjoy, and the fun of decorating for Halloween with the kids knocking on your door with their cute costumes on……. But no….. Christmas is just around the corner!

Or what about Thanksgiving and getting together with friends and family to enjoy yourself and a day of togetherness…… NO…. Christmas is just around the corner!

One day in the near future I think Halloween and Thanksgiving will be written off and we will head straight for Christmas …. By this I mean first spring, summer …. Maybe fall and then Christmas, because it is right around the corner…. No more excitement like it was when I was a kid with the building-up of excitement that came when December started….. No more…. Sorry, because Christmas is just around the corner!

I don’t want Christmas just around the corner… I want Christmas in December where it belongs and not in some other month.

I hope you think so too, and enjoy yourselves now and not worry about Christmas that is in December and not in October!

I’m waiting for Santa

It just doesn’t seem possible that in a couple of hours it is that time of year again where Santa will be visiting us all around the world.

I have been putting a bit of thought into Santa’s logistics and that guy must really be organized to get all the presents delivered on time to everyone and the time he and his helpers needed beforehand to read all the wish lists and to pack all the presents with the right kind of wrapping paper is unbelievable let alone the amount of wrapping paper needed to wrap everything… That guy Santa is simply amazing!!!

I always wonder does Santa ever have problems with the elves that work for him, because we never hear anything about them and all the great things they do for Santa so he can deliver all the presents on time and how many elves does he have working for him??? Anyone know?

Then there are the reindeer.. Great animals and the strength they must have to pull Santa and his sleigh around is really amazing. We seem to forget about all the logistics behind Santa that makes his one night a year run so smoothly.

Santa…. I am waiting here patiently for you and I just want to thank all your helpers in the background that make your one great night a year a success!

Merry Christmas to everyone out there who has read this post.

Christmas Countdown

Time is running out and it’s „ Christmas Countdown „now to do the last bit of running around for whatever it is you need for that big event day of the year 25th December … HELP!!!

My, how much emphasis is placed on a few hours and all that preparing, shopping and planning and so forth. If I was only paid for all the time I spent planning, shopping and cooking I would be a multimillionaire by now…

Please Santa: Where’s my pay check for all the work I have done throughout the years… This wish is at the top of my wish list this year and if it could only be fulfilled … Santa; please I have been good all year!! Though I doubt very much that my wish will come true so, I will settle for the recognition and thanks from everyone.

Got sidetracked with Santa there.. Sorry

Now it’s a race to fight the crowds and find that last minute present or anything that is leftover in the stores and buy the rest of the groceries… I’m starting to sweat just thinking about all that running around.. Great way to burn calories as long as I don’t stop to eat or drink anything.. More room for the Christmas bird than!!! I’m getting hungry just thinking about all that food that I still need to buy.

Plus, why did they plan Christmas on a Wednesday this year?? I need to have a word with those calendar producers about which day Christmas should be on. I always thought Santa had some influence on which day Christmas fell on, but I guess with modern times he is losing his influence too.

When I saw everyone running around yesterday looking for that perfect present they did not have a smile on their face or look cheery.. No sir they simply looked stress out!!!

Christmas countdown: it’s all about rush,rush and rush, but I want some time not too rush around and so my countdown to Christmas has started , and if I have forgotten something for that great day… Well, sorry because I don’t want to rush. I want to enjoy life too!

Enjoy your Christmas countdown whatever you decide to do!!

Rush Out and Buy!

The same problem every year… the right present and now all I read is that I have to rush out and buy something for Christmas. Where do I rush too and what do I buy??? Those articles are full of suggestions and tips as to how I can spend all my hard earned cash on that present that really isn’t needed and the only winner is the retailer who emptied my wallet and has a grin on their face….

I have wandered the malls and looked in many a store to find something to “rush out and buy” but in the end I still haven’t bought anything, because I haven’t seen anything that is really the present of the year 2013! There are sales and offers or buy one get one free but that still isn’t what I am looking for.

I feel misdirected as to where to rush too and buy…. Any ideas out there????

What do my friends and family want for Christmas and is it something I want to buy them??? My “rush out and buy” seems to be slowing down and by the time that day comes.. The good’ol 25th December I am still not sure if I will have bought anything by then.

I could “rush out and buy”:

Clothing….. Have enough of that.

Toiletries…. Got plenty of that too… why more, just to collect dust!

Electronics… How many devices does one need and the cables and chargers alone cost as must as the device itself.

Gift certificates… great but impersonal.. And how much should the certificate be worth, and is it from the right store???

My list could be endless here and I am in a rut as to “rush out and buy”… I’ll take my time and think about it before I spend all my money in one place or at all !

Tis the season to be jolly and spending!