Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 15 – Unique Flavours of Christmas

There are few things that can trigger memories the way certain tastes and aromas can, and in an instant transport us to events and places that have a strong connection to an emotion.The taste, smell, and even texture of food can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back memories not just of eating food itself but alsoContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 15 – Unique Flavours of Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 13 – Re-Defining Christmas Get Togethers

It’s the stuff that makes good movies – the protagonists overcoming obstacles of all kinds to reach their goal of being home for the holidays. They take planes, trains and automobiles to get home in time for dinner. Sometimes, the obstacles are too great, and Christmas is celebrated in company of strangers, in the mostContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 13 – Re-Defining Christmas Get Togethers”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 12 – Twelve Days of Christmas

How many of us have wondered about the lyrics to the  classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” while we sing the merry tune? Have you been asking yourself when it is that these 12 days actually take place, and why such an odd number of days and since we are on the subject, whatContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 12 – Twelve Days of Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 11 – Gifts That Make Memories

A recent study commissioned by the retail industry revealed that 64% of respondents said they had a traditional gift that they received every year. Many of these recurring gifts were practical ones,  such as sweets, gift card/money, books, self-care items and pyjamas.  When you are a kid, traditional gifts are appreciated but to be sureContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 11 – Gifts That Make Memories”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 8 – When Palm Trees are your Christmas Tree

I have had the good fortune of travelling to many foreign places, and I don’t believe anything has been more disorienting for me than experiencing Christmas where there are palm trees. Hearing Christmas songs like “Dashing through the snow, in a one horse-open sleigh” being played over loud speakers while I am strolling in flipContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 8 – When Palm Trees are your Christmas Tree”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 7 – The Christmas Market

When did Christmas Markets become a thing? To my great delight, it seems that every town and city around me with a thriving hub of artisans, food producers, and hand made goods is opening up the public square to offer local populations a gratifying outdoor shopping experience this winter. The pandemic has made us moreContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 7 – The Christmas Market”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 6 – Inner Peace at Christmas

In the past, I have gone a little crazy at Christmas. Okay – a lot crazy. Those were years where I was aiming for spectacular, and perfection and my motivation was very much ego-driven. Alas I am older and wiser now and I find much more fulfillment in focusing on the true meaning of Christmas,Continue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 6 – Inner Peace at Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 5 – The Spirit of Giving

At this time of the year, we are reminded of how meaningful it is to be in the “spirit of giving”. Certainly, our minds turn to adequately expressing how much our loved ones matter in our lives. In our desire to express an intangible feeling, we sometimes feel helpless and resort to buying extravagant giftsContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 5 – The Spirit of Giving”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 4 – Oh Christmas Tree!

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? I usually get it up the first week of December but there have been years where we left it ’til very late. When you have children in the house the tree usually is decorated early but as empty nesters I remember a few years where we finallyContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 4 – Oh Christmas Tree!”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 3 – From Our Family to Yours…

I have always enjoyed writing, and looking back, I recall how I would look forward to writing assignments in school, even more demanding  essays and papers during University.  I usually was the first to volunteer to coordinate the production of newsletters for the social groups I belonged to and when those weren’t available, then IContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 3 – From Our Family to Yours…”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 2 – The Date

I admit to having squawked loudly in frustration in my younger days that whoever chose December to celebrate Christmas did not have to get to Christmas parties trudging through snowbanks in fancy Christmas attire. True, it is only half the world that has to deal with snow and cold as part of Christmas and IContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 2 – The Date”

All In Good Time

Have you ever considered that no matter where in the world we live, we all have the same number of hours and days at our disposal? Every human has 24 hours in a day and 365 of them per year, which we allocate to sleep, work, eat, and enjoy leisure. What delights social scientists andContinue reading “All In Good Time”

Don’t Let a Good Day Go To Waste

If living through a pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to be grateful for what we have..and what we had. Living the past 18 months under restrictions has allowed us to appreciate how much of life’s blessings we took for granted, and how much we wanted them back. For many it has cultivated a greaterContinue reading “Don’t Let a Good Day Go To Waste”

Belief Busters

There are times in my life when I am soaring with confidence, ambition and enthusiasm for just about anything that my mind conjures up and I totally commit to the possibility and the belief that I can make it happen. Can you relate to that feeling?  When I am that girl, immersed in a vision,Continue reading “Belief Busters”

Advent Calendar – Dec 24th: Final Comment

More than three weeks have passed since I started this Advent Calendar blog, faithfully delivering a post each day to follow through on my promise. It has been a very interesting experience, and I confess that I had not considered all the challenges an Advent Calendar blog could present when I came up with theContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 24th: Final Comment”

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