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.
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.
First of all: I wish you all a happy new year! I hope you enjoyed your holidays with your lovely ones and now you are recovering from good food, drinks and new year’s celebration. It is really loveliest time of the year for me, because during the christmas time and beetween christmas and new year’s eve i can take a more relaxed view on things in my life. But when it is all over, it always feels like a hangover, a mental hangover. I am a little bit tired, think with some melancholy about the last year and what to expect in next year. Actually, i am not one for making new year’s resolutions, because i think you don’t need a new year to change something if you really want to and most of the new year’s resolutions will be break latest after one month anyway 😀