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Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays, dear readers! I know I’m a little late for Christmas, but I hope your celebrations were full of great food and good company. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you’re still relaxing at home, enjoying a good book and a warm/alcoholic drink.

While 2016 will probably go down in history as a really crappy year, it was a good one for me and my family. We got our second son and he’s a great little guy. Kiddo is also healthy and smart, so we have a lot to be grateful for.

We celebrated with both sides of the family already, so I’m looking forward to having a quiet celebration of New Year with just the four of us at home. It’ll be our first year as a four-member family, and though the little ones will probably go to bed like it’s any other ordinary day, we’ll be watching the fireworks and eating a good dinner. We also have a tentative date with The Return of the King, since we’re in the middle of a LOTR re-watch.

Hugs for all and I wish you a calm last week of 2016. How will you be celebrating on New Year’s Eve?

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

We don’t really celebrate Christmas at our house – not in the Hollywood way, at least. The 24th is reserved for dinner with A.’s mom and the 25th for lunch with my extended family on the other side of the country (which is like 1.5h drive from Ljubljana…).

But we do most of our gift giving on New Year’s Eve – and the good man who brings presents isn’t Santa Claus or Father Christmas (or Saint Nicholas or however he’s called around the world) but dedek Mraz (Ded Moroz / Grandfather Cold) who wears a gray furry hat (something like this) and a long grey furry coat and carries a wicker basket full of presents on his back. At least that’s how it was for my family – my brother and I always had to write him letters to tell him what we want as gifts, which is a great idea if you’re a parent without gift ideas, if you think about it.

But Christmas isn’t only about giving presents. Despite my reluctance to celebrate a religious holiday, I like the fact that it’s become a time of wishing people well and remembering to be grateful for the good things in life. For me, December is a month of meeting friends I really should see more often, of seeing my grandparents, of small traditions that we’re just building as a new family.

It’s also a time for baking cookies and cooking large quantities of food on the weekends so I don’t have to make everything from scratch on busy weekdays (as I’m writing this, a large pot of bolognese sauce is simmering on the stove, making hissy noises).

So I wish you well, may your holidays be nice and warm and full of delicious food – and may you get lots of books (not just any books but the ones you actually want to read), because let’s face it, those are the best gifts a book lover can hope for.

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What are your Christmas / New Year’s traditions?

What was the best Christmas present you ever got?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

Happy Holidays!

poinsettia-christmasI don’t know whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or nothing religion-related, but this is a time when we all get some free time, gather our friends and family and have some fun. I do have some posts scheduled for the next week or so but I wanted to take a moment to say:

I hope you’re well, happy, and warm. I hope you get lots of gifts that matter. I hope this year was a good one for you and that the next one will be great. 

Happy holidays!

Kaja :)

Catching Up

Hello, lovely people! What have you been up to this past week?

christmas-treeI took some much-needed time off and I hope I’ll be returning to a normal blogging schedule from now on. I read some books, most of which were romances that I will probably never review because they were quite average, but I enjoyed their comforting repetitiveness all the same.

I also read Storm Front by Jim Butcher, which I liked a lot, but there’s this teeny-tiny fact that the series now has FIFTEEN published titles with more to come. Now these aren’t your average 700-page fantasy books, that’s true, they’re more manageable lenght-wise (so it’s not like tackling The Wheel of Time), but it’s still intimidating. I’m not entirely sure I want to read 14 more books about a slightly greasy-haired wizard named Harry (well, I would, but only if his surname started with a P…). I’m still on the fence on whether or not I should buy the next novel in the series.

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secret-santaChristmas is around the corner and while I still haven’t done any serious shopping for my friends and family, I did assemble the gift for The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa exchange. I’ll be mailing it on Monday and I really hope the recipient likes it! I also can’t wait for my gift to arrive – I lovelovelove gifts of all shapes and sizes and I don’t think I’ll be able to wait until Christmas to open it.

I’m not sure the photo of our tiny tree is good enough to showcase the ornaments, but there’s a snowy white owl on the top instead of an angel, and a cucumber-shaped ornament as well. I like odd-shaped Christmas decorations. 

cucumber-decorationChristmas was never a huge holiday in my family when I was growing up – we have our own version of Santa in Slovenia (and I guess in other Slavic, ex-socialist countries as well? I never checked…), Dedek Mraz – or Father Frost, as he likes to be called in English. We got our gifts on December 31, and they always magically appeared under the tree at some point during the evening, so my brother and I were always sad we’d just missed the old guy who flew by our balcony to drop off our gifts.

This year, our baby is still too little to care about bearded old men carrying gifts (he’s 3.5 months old now), but I can’t wait to do the whole hiding-the-gifts-and-sneaking-around routine in the years to come.

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How are your Christmas preparations coming along?

What’s the weirdest ornament hanging on your tree?