Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas 2014

First of all, I hope you had just as great a Christmas as I had this year.

We spent Christmas Eve at my sister's new flat and had this lovely three-course dinner that you can see below in the picture.
In Germany, it is tradition to get your presents on Christmas Eve. Well, and on Christmas Day when the rest of the family and friends show up :-)

This year, my dear workmate told me about a tradition that has been in her family for ages.
On Christmas Eve, when they start to exchange the presents, they have found this great way of passing them to each other.
In my family, we used to give each other our presents and after about ten minutes everything was unwrapped, the living room covered in wrapping paper and that was it.
But, my workmate's family does the following:

You take a pair of dice, everyone picks a number between 2 and 12 (you can't roll a 1 ;-) ) and then the first one rolls the dices. If you roll your number, you get to choose the person who has to give you his or her present for you. If you haven't rolled your number, it's the next one's turn to roll the dice. And it simply goes on like this, round after round, until every present under the tree is given to its new owner.
That way, it is so much more fun for everyone and you get to watch everyone how they open their presents. Because you take a break while someone is opening his/her present.

As I said, it normally took us about 10 minutes and the whole present exchanging thing was over. This time, it took us over an hour. At first, my family was a bit sceptical when I told them about the "dice game" and the first 5 minutes of rolling the dices were a bit schlepping but in the end, everyone loved it and we want to make it our family tradition now, too.

Maybe it could be something for your next Christmas Day to spice it up and keep the family busy.

Kat xxx

Friday, 26 December 2014

my sister's new flat - impressions

 Two months ago, my sister finally moved out of her crappy old place and found this lovely, spacious flat. She is a decoration freak, just a bit like me, and therefore I wanted to show you just a few small impressions.
As you certainly can see, she fancies something between shabby chic and modern country style. The colours should be kept simple - white, creme, beige, different brown tones, pale green and blue shades. My sister doesn't really like much bling bling and shrill colours.

 In my opinion, she did a great job. Everything goes together so well and you simply just feel so welcome and home when you come around to see her.
I hope you'll find some inspiration here for your next decoration project.

Yours, Kat :-)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas time

After months of absence, I am back. It has been a rough time with a new job that turned out to be a nightmare but I now I have a new new one and I am happy again :-)

And one of my favourite times (if not my absolute favourite time) of the year has just begun ... CHRISTMAS TIME!!!
Some are already tired of the Christmas music everywhere and the Lebkuchen but I am just about to start baking and decorating the house.
This year, my sister and I decided to make Advent calendars for each other. I am glad we decided this in the beginning of November because it took some time to find and buy these little items. 24 of them!!!
So, I want to share some pictures of the calendar that I got from my sister. It is bigger than I had expected and I unfortunately don't have enough space for it so I just put it on the backrest of the sofa.

I could not wait to open the first sachet and it contained a packet of tea :-) my sister knows exactly how much I love tea. Tea, tea, tea! Hallelujah!!

Though I am 27 and my sister is 21 years old, we simply love Christmas and all the hustle and bustle about it and we say: YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR AN ADVENT CALENDAR!!

Kat :-) xxx