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 😀
The countdown to Christmas is running, there is less than a day left. Do you get all your christmas presents? Fortunately I do. But if you call yourself a food blogger (even if you are “only” a casual blogger), you are expected to give little gifts from the kitchen. Sadly, i was very busy during the last few weeks. And although I have been this week off, there have been so many things to be done like clean up our flat, do the laundry, buy groceries and so on (simply everything that came off badly recently and need to be done before holidays can start), that i have had no time to stay in my kitchen to cook jam or bake some more cookies (all the cookies, i have baked before are allready gone…). But lucky me, i have a last-minute recipe for German cinnamon roasted almonds (you can also use any other nuts), which are made in under 10 minutes.