Good Morning


It is not raining, but probably thinking about it. I find it suspenseful in the morning when I stop hugging the bed and look out the window to see what the morning impressions are. At least there are some cloud contours above. And then my mobile phone  peeped. The first contact of the day, but it was a message from my dentist reminding me that tomorrow afternoon I have an appointment. It is very nice of them to apply a modern communication system, but how can you forget a dental appointment. They are somehow etched into your brain until you get it behind you.


Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, and so we lit the first candle on our newly bought advent wreath as is tradition. I did not bother with traditions for the last couple of years, but this year I just needed something to brighten up Winter a little. It seems only yesterday I was complaining that Christmas was coming all too soon in the stores, and now it is really arriving. For me it is a tradition: memories of past Christmasses in London when I was growing up. The family getting together, aunts, uncles and cousins, all meeting at my aunts house: having a Christmas tea together, distributing presents from the tree and a general celebration afterwards. There was nothing still and candlelit in our family, but a general party with the drink flowing with a lot of dancing and singing.

Today, in Switzerland, I have got to know another sort of Christmas with kids singing Christmas songs and poems for their gifts from the tree after the evening meal: just generally a calmer celebration. And of course with a real tree in the corner, dressed with real candles. We had a wonderful white shiny plastic tree at my aunts with electric lights, to suit the general party mood.


Yesterday I made the effort to get some Christmas decorations organised in the apartment. I went down to the cellar and loaded my walker with various objects. We do not really have a lot, but eventually I realised it was a little too much and space was getting scarce for more. Anyhow I still found room for my Villeroy Bosch Christmas carousel on the sideboard using yet another candle.  I suppose all we need now is some snow outside, although currently I am quite happy without.

I was busy composing my shopping list yesterday. It is more comprehensive as usual as it has to cover everything until Thursday as I will be occupied with other appointments  with only time today to go shopping.


And here is the crowning glory of our Christmas decoration. Our little tree, complete with lights. We must have bought it many years ago at the store, but it now been neglected for the last couple of years. Mr. Swiss reminded me of the tree with the lights, so after finding it in a corner of cellar I also returned it to our Christmas decorations. There was a big disappointment at first as the lights did not work, and Mr. Swiss really wanted a lighting effect. However he plugged it in and actually we forgot it. This morning when we entered the living room it seemed that it decided to turn its lights on  some time during the night. Perhaps one of those Christmas miracles.  Anyhow it is now burning.

I am now burning to get on with my daily housework, so will leave you for the time being. Today will be more or less normal, but I am not sure how the remainder of the week will be. Anyhow have a good day and see you on the flip side or whatever.


18 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. I just love your Christmas miracle! I am delighted that the lights decided to work. It is lovely to have decorations at Christmas time. Christmas in winter is so much more atmospheric than ours summer Christmas in South Africa. We will probably be swimming in the pool after a cold Christmas lunch!

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    • It certainly is different in the Southern Hemisphere. I cannot imagine cold food and swimming at our Christmas time.. we have a quiet time at Home. Perhaps some snow, definitely cold weather and staying warm indoors.

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  2. I had the exact reversed light experience. I checked the guirlande and it worked perfectly, then I slang it any way I wanted and plugged it in – the 1st light in the form of a heart lit up and none of the others. I tried again, shook the cables, unplugged it and replugged…. nothing, nada, rien tu tout.
    And then I took a decision: I just CANNOT be bothered with playing around with this rubbish guirlande, I took it off and shoved it in the bin….. But now I’ll have to replace it 😦
    I have a beautiful 1.80m tree with cones and usually I decorate it with much love and to a theme, every year. Again, this year I simply haven’t got the Advent spirit in me and far too much other stuff to worry about so I just put up my (several) advent wreath here and there, candles everywhere, some baubles ‘casually strewn’ around (that is the moment of thankfulness for not having cats) and it still feels very very cosy, good and warm. Happy days to you and Mr Swiss.

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  3. I love your Advent wreath, I may think of one of those for next year. I’m a widow now and have toned down the decorations somewhat but I add a little colour and gaiety to the hall and lounge with sparkly bells and ribbons, coloured balls in glass vases, and a few Santas dangling from curtain rails and sitting on window sills. And then I’ve got my lovely Swedish candles, the ten-candle sets in red and white which look wonderful in my windows. When we bought them years ago in Sweden, they seemed so expensive, but they have lasted now for over 20 years and not a bulb has gone. Enjoy your calmer Christmas. The old days were great, but let’s face it, we wouldn’t have the energy now to do the same. Or would we?

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    • To be quite honest I am an atheist and Christmas means nothing to me. On the other hand it is a dismal time of the year, darkness prevails more, and the decorations brighten things up. For the last couple of years I did not bother, but this year I decided to revive it a little again.


      • How contrary. I am Catholic, which I why I dislike what has become of Christmas. I think it is nice that others get to enjoy the decorations and modern traditions, but I do not. Yet, I was out cutting holly berries for others to use as decoration just a few days ago. I do enjoy them enjoying the berries so much. I just wrote about the holly tree this morning. It is nice that it can still provide. They take some of the scraps of fir that I might generate from pruning too. It is nice that it gets appreciated instead of discarded directly. I grew Christmas trees for only a few months many years ago, and I really did enjoy them. This cool and damp weather is a very busy time for us because it is when we get the pruning and re-planting done. It does not get very cold here.

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