A beautiful first of December everyone!
I truly believe in treating yourself first. Only if you’re doing well and are feeling happy and satisfied, you will be able to share that love with others. Only when I’m relaxed, I’m productive. Only when I enjoy the little things, I enjoy life. That had to be said as a little foreword to all the upcoming Christmas blogposts. Christmas makes me happy. Actually, Christmas makes me so happy that my heart is about to burst when I only think about it!
As mentioned in my first christmassy recipe post already, I’m a little elf myself. And that’s one of the reasons why I have planned to do something amazing this year. I’m sure it will be a bit stressful as well, but that’s part of Christmas, right? Herewith I’d love to welcome you to Lottie’s #Blogmas! #Blogmas means that there will be blogposts every single day until Christmas… and even better! There will presents for you too! Every single day!
But back to the topic about treating yourself and Christmas spirit. For me these two things go hand in hand. Christmas Spirit = Happiness = I feel good. And I really hope that some of you will get inspired by this post, as I’m about to share my very first and easiest Christmas Spirit tips!
During the Christmas time I love reading books, that evolve around Christmas too. As said already, I will do anything to put myself in the Christmas spirit. I absolutely loved Skipping Christmas by John Grisham last year, and as a child I always used to read the second Narnia book during winter. And this year I have completely fallen in love with planning Christmassy dishes by going through my current favourite cookbook, Joulukirja (“Christmas Book”) by my fellow blogger colleague Virpi Mikkonen. But more about that later!
Christmas Decoration and Candles
My parents are moving this weekend so I wasn’t allowed to decorate yet! Sigh! But next week I’ll get to do it and I can’t wait. It just makes me so happy!
You guys will know, that I absolutely adore moomin mugs. And that I collect them. And crazy me did something absolutely silly last weekend: I bough four Christmas moomin mugs off a young mother. They were crazy expensive (they are collector pieces from several years ago) but I lovelovelove them! Every morning my Christmas spirit will be awakened when I pour my coffee into one of these mugs with the snow, the little presents and the little elf on them!
This year I started listening to Christmas music super early (end of October, oops!). Wether it is when I’m at home, cleaning, through my earphones while running or when baking with my sister, Christmas music is just the best! And I have the best tip for you! In Finland we have this Christmas radio channel, which can be found online as well. And they have an international channel with only english songs! Check it out, you can find it here and the little purple button says Xmas!
I am super traditional and write Christmas Cards every single day. I love getting them (who doesn’t!) but I love writing them as well. I enjoy sharing the love, I enjoy surprising other people and making them happy and yes, again, it does bring you into the Christmas mood. And let’s get to the point! For today’s Christmas calendar, I will be drawing five of you to get Christmas cards frome me! Nothing that special, I know, but yet they do come from my heart and I dearly hope that you will enjoy them! You just have to comment what you’d love to see and read on here during #Blogmas and you’re in!
One last thing. I will be honest and confess that due to all the (Christmas) stress during the last few weeks I just didn’t manage to fully organise my Christmas Calendar yet, and I’m so sorry about that! I’m such a mess right now! But I hope that during the Christmas time I, too, will have the chance to sit down with a cup of tea and wind down. Yet I hope that you will enjoy the thought behind the Christmas cards just as much as the real presents you will have the chance to win, and so I’d be super happy about your #Blogmas ideas, Christmas spirit tips and maybe even some Christmas reading tips? I do need some inspiration!
It was so hard to choose winners, all of you are so amazing! But now the Christmas cards go to the following lucky winners: Eleanor B., Marlena M., Meri K., Nina M., Lafrederique, Sara, Conny, Kurhexe. A few more than five, but I just couldn’t decide!
Please email me your address and you’ll get your Christmas card soon! Everyone else, remember that there are 23 more presents (maybe even more cards?) to come! So I’d love you to take part again, maybe you’re lucky next time!