Christmas

A quick catch up

Wow! Where has the time gone? I’m told that doing something for thirty days forms a habit. Well, considering how much I blogged in November and December this might not be completely true in my case.

November and December have been busy! In November we had the stake conference, where the daily study of the Book of Mormon was emphasized again, and then I had the opportunity to participate in a creative Saturday for charity organized by the Love Bihor Association and the Oradea District of the church. I met some wonderful people there, and had a great time. Lots of wonderful things were created by members and non-members working side by side that were sold by Love Bihor at various Christmas events.

December has been great! It started with St. Nicholas visiting us at work with his reindeer. img_5446

We also decided to #lighttheworldatwork in the 8 languages our team supports.

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One Sunday the ward had a little Christmas activity. Our furnace is broken, so it was rather cold in the chapel that day, so we watched the First Presidency Christmas Devotional wrapped in blankets from Primary. We had a nice potluck lunch afterwards, and it was wonderful to socialize a bit with ward members. We really have some wonderful people!

After the ward activity the missionaries had a finding activity on Deák tér, one of the busiest parts of town. The theme, of course, was #lighttheworld #LégyAVilágVilágossága.

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Then the next weekend we had my niece and her Mama visit. We were originally planning to see a movie, but since Star Wars overtook the standard kid movie time slots, we skipped that. Instead we went to the two major Christmas markets, walked around, enjoyed a folk dance show, had real hot chocolate at Szamos, and just had fun.

Last week one of the wards had a very nice Christmas concert. Two of my friends, Ildi and Iaponira came to that, and following the concert we had some gyros at Iaponira’s home, joined by her husband. It had been quite a while since I had last seen Iaponira and Peter, and we had a lovely time, chatting, making a new “business plan”, and doing nails. I am really grateful for the wonderful friends in my life. My 8 years at EDS/HP/CPL gave me some wonderful people, and CC has been just as great!

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November at Last!

Write 31 Days is now over, and this year I’m not even attempting NaNoWriMo! So what now?

With the next holidays coming up are St. Nicholas and Christmas, I am ready to get started on Christmas preparation in earnest. I am also lifting my ban on Christmas music before Advent begins, because I found a bunch of CDs last week with some of my favorite Christmas music, including Harry Connick, Jr. This year the new addition to my usual Christmas playlist will be The Piano Guys. Since I’m working on December 25 this year, too, I am planning to put together an 8-hour-long Christmas playlist for the day. Then on the 26th the real Christmas will happen! For me Christmas is when our family is together, which includes my niece who normally spends Boxing Day with us.

So what am I doing? I’m making a shopping list! I want to bake some this year, and not just the traditional bejgli, and I want to experiment with the Christmas menu as well. Of course working before and during the holiday won’t leave much time for it, so I have to really carefully use the time that’s available to me.

Usually I add one or two albums to my Christmas music collection. Last year I bought Pentatonix, this year it’s The Piano Guys. I love listening to instrumental music when I’m working on something in a situation where singing along is not appropriate. Like doing quality checks.

I have to admit I am a little relieved that St. Nicholas, Advent calendars, and slowly Christmas decorations are taking over stores, because it means we have successfully gotten through he day if the dead period. Plus I love chocolate.

Christmas is coming so I Crochet

onebrickAll my crochet groups on Facebook are full of Christmas preparations: angels, stars, snowflakes. I haven’t even thought about starting these, but I have ordered 1kg of white crochet thread that should be getting here any time now. I am also working on some Christmas gifts that do not have any specific Christmas themes, and I have dug up my leftover yarn to make the customary stockings I make so I don’t have to wrap things. My wrapping skills are seriously impaired.

In non-crochet related news, I decided to make a few small Advent calendars with not-quite-tangible surprises that take up little space and can deliver a daily encouragement. We shall see how I am with a glue gun. 🙂

I am, unfortunately, clueless about what to give my 8-year-old niece for Christmas. When I ask her what she’d like, she always asks for plush animals, but those keep ending up in the attic, because she has enough of them to overtake the whole house. Anyone having any suggestions what’s hot with 8-year-olds these days?