Un(re)touched Christmas

Last time I felt truly ready for Christmas was probably when I was about six, mainly because at that time I did not prepare for it, it just came, and it was lovely. Santa always brought the presents I had asked for, as if he knew me exactly as well as, let’s say, my parents,…

Accidental Strudels- The Compulsory Pre-Christmas Visit to Vienna

I realize all too well that I have by now exhausted anything new or interesting I could say about Viennese Christmas fairs (that’s last year’s post, and even the links work with Germanic precision), except that I still like them a lot, and yes, I bought that damn mug from Karlsplatz again. This although the…

A Tale of Many Baubles

Lately it’s become ever more fashionable to have your tree up early in December as per the American way, yet our family staunchly resists such dark temptations. The tree is to be decorated on the 24th, and there’s no way around that. The big dusty boxes come off their shelves and several decades of family…

The Budapest Christmas Market Roundup

December is neatly divided into two phases, which follow each other abruptly and without any form of transition. Phase one is the oh Christmas is still ages away, I will take my time and enjoy this bit, when you cheerily look at a shop window or two and passingly check out a Christmas market with…

Christmas Lights of Vienna

Certain things have a language which best suits them: rock songs are English, opera is Italian, assembling furniture is Swedish and Christmas in German. Come to think of it, Tannenbaum might have been the first word I learned in German when for the yearly kindergarden event, which had just gone from celebrating socialist ‘winter holidays’…

Home for the Holidays

  It’s quite fashionable to moan about the white Christmases of yore and how they don’t happen anymore, but I honestly can’t recall any. It’s not just that I cannot remember a snow-apocalypse type Christmas, I simply can’t say if there was snow, ever. This is probably partly due to the fact that I was…

So This Was Christmas

It started with Easter weather, but went on to become quite polar. The cats did not break the tree, hard as they tried, but the little one tested her first snow. The red star shone on, and I can still find a store or two that sells Christmas candles for dinosaurs like me. All in…

The Christmas Post

Crăciun Fericit! Boldog Karácsonyt! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël Buon Natale! Hyvää joulua! Frohe Weihnachten! Feliz Navidad! God Jul! Срећан Божић! Bon Nadal!                  

December Sunday in Bratislava

I kind of failed to properly make it to any of the Budapest Christmas fairs this year, don’t really know why, it seems as if December just shrunk into something like half a week instead of being one whole proper month. And I still refuse to do Christmassy stuff in November. Vienna on the other…