A X-Mas Song For Tuesday: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon!

“… Another year over (War is over)
And a new one just begun (Now)
And so Happy Christmas (War is over)
We hope you have fun (If you want it)
The near and the dear one (War is over)
The old and the young (Now)
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over if you want it
War is over now”

Only four days left until X-Mas Eve! I thought that today’s song Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon would fit perfectly with this year’s holiday season. Most of the people around me are really wishing for a peaceful X-Mas, everywhere. I hope, that wish will come true – if only for some peaceful hours.

Merry listening!

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The 4th Advent Weekend 2016!

Beautiful Eimsbüttel. All Pics by Franzi.

The fourth Advent weekend in Hamburg! Yes indeed, I spent the last three weekends in this wonderful city. But now it’s time to grab my bags again and to take the next train: First I will be a few days in Berlin, during X-Mas I will be in Hesse and finally I plan to celebrate the new year with friends in Quedlinburg

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a stress-free one :)!

Friday night we made mulled wine with a rum-soaked sugar-loaf lit above it (German: “Feuerzangenbowle“).

Saturday I helped a friend moving!

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A X-Mas Song For Tuesday: Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Frank Sinatra!

Another X-Mas song! This time a classic: Santa Claus is Coming To Town, performed by the legendary Frank Sinatra. Oh, I am such a retro kind of girl, but I simply love this man’s voice!

Merry listening!

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The 2nd Advent Weekend 2016!

The second Advent weekend in Hamburg! Since we had guests, we used the bright blue sky on Saturday to visit the harbor and some X-Mas markets. During sunset we were on a boat tour on the Alster – incredible romantic :). Sunday morning we looked down on Hamburg from its newest highlight – the Elbphilharmonie. A perfect weekend in this wonderful city!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a bright one :)!

we3Sunset over Hamburg. View from the Außenalster. All Pics by Franzi.

we1Saturday: Blue sky and the bright sun at the harbor!

we2Saturday evening: A boat trip on the Alster during sunset!

we4Sunday morning: A look onto the harbor from the Elbphilharmonie.

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The 1st Advent Weekend 2016!

we1A cozy fire-place! All Pics by Franzi.

I am just back from good-old Osnabrück, where I spent the first Advent weekend with friends, a little guy who calls me ‘Bundy’ and a party to celebrate a new installed fire-place. It was a very nice start into the X-Mas season!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a cozy one :)!

we2Play time!

we3We went through some boxes in the cellar and look what we found :)!

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Willy’s Aniseed Cookies!

Anis1All pics by Franzi.

My great-grandpa Willy had owned a bakery. Last month I found his old recipe book. The first thing I tried were aniseed cookies … because it’s X-Mas and because I looove anis!

Recipe: Makes 2 trays.

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 125 g sugar, 125 g flour, 0,5 TSp anis (grounded).

Preparation: Beat eggs and sugar until a foamy texture is reached. Add flour and anis. Add more flour if the dough is too wet. Add little dough balls (with a teaspoon) onto a baking tray. Let rest for 2-4 hours. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°.

Anis2

Enjoy & Merry X-Mas!!

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Last-Minute DIY Gifts!

Upper Row: Coffee CandleReindeer BeerWatercolor Portrait.
Lower Row: Cat MugWitty GlovesMason Jar Lid Coasters.

I am pretty sure that everyone has all presents for everyone right now. Just in case, that there is a last-minute (gift) emergency arriving… here a some DIY ideas!

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A Song For Tuesday: Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano!

Last day working, then also my holidays are starting :)! So, I am in a X-Mas mood and am yelling “Feliz Navidad” out loud (in permanent repeat mode)…

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Año y Felicidad

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

Have fun listening!

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The Fourth Advent Weekend!

WE3Just another X-Mas market. All pics by Franzi.

The fourth candle is lit and X-Mas is already in front of our doors. I will be off to Berlin on Wednesday. This weekend I enjoyed again my new hometown Hamburg. But is it still new? I am already one year here. Can you believe it? Now I need to wrap the last presents and pack my bags for X-Mas.

I wish you a wonderful start into the final X-Mas week. Stay relaxed!

WE2A relaxed coffee with a new friend. In the coffee shop Pauline.

WE1Cookie baking time!

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Wrapping Ideas!

Upper Row: Rainbow Yarn WrapWashcloth ReindeerMaps.
Lower Row: Newspaper BirdNewspapersClean & Simple.

Here comes the question: Do you already have all X-Mas presents? And now the next one: How will you decorate them? Just in case that you still need some wrapping ideas, here are six ways I really like.

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