Maybe almost every blogger take the opportunity to published a last christmassy post on christmas’ eve’s eve (or in my instance on christmas’ eve morning). So I do so either. But I don’t only want to share the recipe for these gluten free Linzer cookies. I also want to share with you some of my thoughts which I always have on my mind when a year comes to its end. When I review, it feels like this year was just crazy and even kind of weird sometimes. On personal and professional level I made huge steps, gained many new experiences, made new contacts, accepted and overcame new challenges. Furthermore I learned so much about myself as a woman and a mother. Of course it meant it wasn’t always easy, but all in all, I can say it was a good year for me.
When it comes to christmas you are lucky if you live in Germany. There are such nice customs during the christmas season especially for kids like, for example, getting a candy filled boot in the morning of St. Nicholas’s day (kids have to clean their boots the evening before and put them outside the door) or the Advent calender (that is something what children and adults are thrilled about… hehe). One thing we really love to do in this season is spending our free time at the christmas market. Some Christmas markets here in Germany (like the “Christkindlesmarkt” in Nuremberg or “Striezelmarkt” in Dresden) a have a long tradition and are even known abroad, but here in Hamburg we don’t have that traditional or kind of central Christmas market. It is rather that we have a lot small christmas markets in different districts.
There is barly a week left until christmas and I am already a little bit excited. In my last blog post just a few days ago I told you how busy I had been. But last friday night I did all the stuff which had to be done before the end of the year. Finally! And I plan not to check my professional e-mails and take a break from my professional Facebook account. So I could enjoy this last weekend before christmas to the full when the family of my husband visited us. I just love those lovely evenings with our families and friends anyway and it makes it so much funnier and more relaxing since I know I don’t have to check my e-mails later when I am back at home.
Usually, it becomes calmer in December for me and I can let all job matters wait until January. Of course, I still work until christmas but I don’t do organisational stuff in December anymore. However, this year I still recieve so many phone calls and messages which had to be answered immediately because of a job offer for me in January, so I get the needle somehow. Maybe I told you last year, this is my favorite season of the year and I love, love everything about christmas, so I really want and need to savour the whole christmas season. For me you can’t start to early with decorating, baking cookies and buying a christmas tree. Well, I still haven’t decorate our flat or our christmas tree, which we have just bought this week, but we visited the christmas market on the first day of opening and we have already baked the first christmas cookies, of course.