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A late Christmas dinner

Lise —  December 26, 2017 — 6 Comments

Before my Grandmother passed away last year, we used to have Fish dinners every Christmas Day, but sadly we didn’t have one last year. This year people were busy but my brother invited us for dinner today on the 26th instead, one day late but it was a welcomed experience. The drive to my brothers house was terrible, it was raining and almost snowing the entire way but the food was so good so it was kind of worth it anyways. It was also nice to see him and his husband since I don’t get to see them too often. I also got to finally see his new kittens today, they’re so adorable! I only got to take a picture of one of them but they are almost identical.

Do you have any Christmas dinner traditions?

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I was very spoiled this year both by people close to me and friends from around the world. As I love reading others posts about the presents they receive over the holidays, I decided to do one of my own. It’s not to brag or anything, just to show my appreciation for the gifts I received from the most wonderful people. My family doesn’t really believe in gift giving so this is the most I have received in about ten years so the feeling of being spoiled is definitely there. It might not be a lot to others, but it is to me. We have a very small family so there has never been an abundance of anything. Anyways, this is what I received!

I ❤ Makeup – Death By Chocolate Palette.

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A Model Co Eyebrow Pencil, BeliaPierre Gel Liner and a Steve Laurant liquid eye liner.

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An AUX cable for my new stereo.

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A stereo for the car I bought earlier this month. It didn’t come with any kind of stereo or radio at all.

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A “snow” globe with silver glitter and a glass crystal inside.

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Tea lights and a lavender incense kit.

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Black hair dye and two Camilla Pihl Sheet masks.

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And three lovely cards from blogger friends Karalee, Dannii and Grace.

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What did you get for Christmas? 

Merry Christmas!

Lise —  December 24, 2017 — 16 Comments

Here in Norway, we celebrate on Christmas Eve, so for me it’s officially Christmas! I hope you will all have a wonderful day, and a wonderful holiday. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still hope you will have a great day. Spend it with friends, spend it with family, spend it with yourself or whoever makes you happy. Enjoy good food, enjoy having some time off, enjoy everything about it. I’m going to make the most of my few days off from everything and I hope you will too. Catch up on reading, be social, try not to neglect my work out habits.. It’s going to be tough. Anyways, a Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours!

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What makes me excited for Christmas

Lise —  December 17, 2017 — 16 Comments

Christmas lights everywhere

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I love this time of the year mainly because of the lights. It’s so nice to drive around after dark and look at how everyone has decorated their houses or trees or bushes. I really wish having lights outside would be a tradition all year round because it is absolutely stunning to look at. I think maybe I would like it less if I did see it constantly though, I wouldn’t have time to really appreciate it for what it is.

Shopping for presents

I love buying presents for people. I may not be the best at finding the right present for everyone but I will try my darndest to do so. If I can’t find something super personal I will just go for something people generally like to be on the safe side. It could also be fun to buy something completely different so that they can get the chance to try something new without having to spend a lot of money on it too.

Listening to Christmas songs

It doesn’t necessarily have to be traditional Christmas songs either. Lately I have been absolutely loving Sia’s Christmas album and this one has been on repeat a lot.

 

 

Spending time with family

There’s not much of my family left but I do enjoy spending time with those who are still with us. Although the lack of presence from those who have passed away in the most recent years is very noticeable, we still make the most of it and try to keep Christmas a joyous holiday and try not to dwell on the past or think about how it could be.

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Christmas food and drinks is so good. Once a year you get to stuff yourself so full you’ll regret it the next morning and it’s wonderful. I always try to not overeat but it happens no matter what I do.

 

What makes you excited for the holidays? 

December goals

Lise —  December 2, 2017 — 4 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Dunwich Horror by H.P Lovecraft
  • The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen
  • This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The players of Gilean by various authors
  • The book of dragons by Edith Nesbit
  • The land that time forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The old curiousity shop by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Winterheim by Douglas Niles

 

Actually finish Christmas shopping. I’m awful at procrastinating and year after year I find myself somewhat prepared for the holidays but there’s always a present or two that I end up forgetting to purchase. It’s so annoying because I only seem to remember when there is very little time left to get it done.

Keep up with exercising. I have been exercising regularly, or well, an hour of fairly intense exercise about two times a week for the past month and I can already feel that I have more energy for things. I just hope I can switch some of my diet with lower calorie options too to help boost a possible weight loss. It will be difficult to pull off during the Christmas holidays but I will try my best. The only day I won’t restrict myself is Christmas eve.

Sending the Christmas cards I’ve written for family and blog friends. With our post office being closed for a bit and me having to buy a new car because mine had rusted to death, I’ve had to postpone sending out cards for a bit, but hopefully I will be able to do so as soon as I get my next paycheck on December 12th.

Continue my low-buy period. I have been better at not spending money on unnecessary things or too much food. My wallet is happy and so am I so it’s a good thing. It also gives me a push into using up everything I have already instead of constantly buying new things. Better for me and better for the environment.

What are your goals for December?

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