HOLIDAY CARDS ARE OUT! <33333 I mailed them on Thursday afternoon and am SO proud of myself there, not even gonna lie, haha. ♥ So, all of you who requested a card should be receiving mail soon! ♥ Hopefully at least a few of them will be here before Christmas (also, apologies to my Jewish friends for missing Chanukah entirely! Eep!), so let's cross our fingers! ♥
Also, if you haven't requested a card yet but would still like one, it's not too late! Simply fill out the form in my Holiday Card Post, and I'll send out a second batch early-to-mid next week! ♥
And don't forget to link me to your holiday_wishes lists, in case you have one! ♥ Here is mine, because somehow I messed up the link in my latest post, which is obviously just here in case you're interested in knowing what I wish for, haha. I think it goes without saying that I ask none of you to get me anything at all <3333.
SPEAKING OF MESSING UP, I am currently HIGHLY frustrated with our mail situation. Like... I know that Christmas and pandemic are an insane combination, I mean, even I ordered 98% of my stuff online when usually I find a relatively good balance between that and real life shopping, and ADORE Christmmas shopping in malls, but this year as just an online year for known reasons, haha, but... What is absolutely beyond my understanding is the fact that our mailman only delivers mail mamyvbe once, twice if we're lucky, per week. And then it's all backlog basically, like magazines that are suddenly out-of-date because they weren't delivered on time, and just... It's all very clear that the huge stacks of mail we do find aren't all from that one day they were delivered. I did already call the customer service of Austrian Post to inquire what was going on, and one day later I got a call back where they told me they'd already had taken care of the situation, had a "talk" with our mailman (eep!) and that from now on I would get mail Monday to Friday as usual again, so... Cross your fingers, please, haha.
This totally throws me off in my timing, though - I'm not only waiting on parcels for myself, there are also quite a few Christmas presents outstanding. I am still waiting for two presents for my parents (one for Mum and one for Dad, haha), one part of Marie's present, three (!) parts of Pat's, and one of a Secret Santa parcel that I had to send in an incomplete state because I was way post deadline, promising in the card that the final part would come in a separate parcel. I am only semi-worried about my parents' presents as long as they get here by Thursday, and here still is a tiny chance that I might get the remaining two (and a quarter) parcels sent out on time because they're all shipping domestically, so I still have a couple of days leeway before Christmas Eve, but stiiiiill. Sigh.
It's jut insane, haha, the one Christmas I am actually on top of things in a way that I barely recognise myself, it's something I cannot influence at all that puts me behind, so... There is quite the irony involved, haha. I will not give up hope to finish everything on time present- or at least parcel-wise until at least... Wednesday, though!
ANYWAY, last weekend was a total Christmas Bakery weekend! ♥ And this one is as well! I have changed into my Minnie Mouse Christmas PJs (I only wear nighties to sleep, so I got those to wear around the house when I don't have to go out haha) that I am not intending to take off - except at night - until I need to exchange them for a leotard again or have to leave the house, and am very much in the middle of an intense weekend of baking and tidying up! ♥ More baking, less tidying up, though, haha. I made so many kinds of cookies already, 13 baking tins yesterday alone, today it was maybe 8 or 9, and I thiiiiiink I wanna make a second batch of our very own cinnamon stars that are some of our favourites <3333. Also still gotta make 1-2 batches of roasted almonds despite having made one already today, but we give them out as presents, so I've made so many kilos of them it feels like! Other than that, knowing that mum will make the Vanillekipferln because I'm too scared of them still, haha, I should be mostly done! I did attempt to bake some Lussekatter for Swedish Lucia last Sunday, but the recipe I used was different to the one last year, and they ended up being super dense, unfortunately. A pity, but well.
Honestly, though, I am SO proud of myself, honestly, because I remember that in the pat couple of years I always made SO many plans to bake such a huge variety, and then ended up panickedly rushing down half-portions of two sorts (regular cookies and the cinnamon stars) on the 23rd or Christmas Eve afternoon, haha, but now... Now, we have so many of them and I am so excited! <33333 It's only the 20th! ♥
PICTURES UPCOMING! SO MANY PICTURES.
[follow the divine smells]
Baking Gingerbread <3333
Lussekatter! Taste was awesome, texture a mess.
Spitzbuben, Linzeraugen, awesome cookies with apricot marmalade, however you may call them!
Nussbusserln! Hazelnut Maraoons, I think you can call them!
Kokossbusserln! Coconut Macaroons!
Some of our favourites in the making: Cinnamon Stars. <333
They have an Insta filter on them, but it still looks very close! ♥ SO GOOD <3333. gonna make a second batch to glaze, because we love eating them without it too, but I do wanna try the glaze again, haha, so... YAY MORE CINNAMON STARS! <3333
Attempting Russian Bread Alphabet Biscuits. I am... Not very talented with the piping bag, as you can see, hahaa.
Not as good as the ones we buy, but it was a nice attempt!
Roasted aaaalmonds in the making <333.
Regular cookies <3333.
It's pretty crazy to think that it's the Fourth Advent Sunday already - time passed SO fast! ♥ I still have two days of classes left, and then I'm on Christmas break at last! YAY! ♥ Very much needed, honestly. ♥
Mum and I are gonna buy the Christmas Tree tomorrow (since I am off Mondays on my virtual schedule) - SO EXCITED! - and I just cannot wait to pick it, and to put it up <3333. We won't decorate it until Chritmas Eve, but we're definitely gonna put it up and position it as soon as we get it, or only a little bit after that, depending how tired we are and how tidy it is already, oops, haha. But I am honestly sooooooo excited <3333.
I have also already received my Reddit Secret Santa Card (a cute self-made Nutcracker one! It may not be super pretty, but I really appreciate the thought put into this <333), aaaaaaand the first part of my AviClaus Secret Santa present from my dear gelsey! ♥ She gave me an immensely generous LUSH Gift Card that I cashed in right away into the "Winter Garden" Gift Box as well as the "Polar Bear Plunge" Bubble Bath that I will put under the tree and not use until Christmas! THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN, JASMINE, SUCH A PERFECT PART ONE! <333333
Between classes and baking I've also very happily been enjoying Christmas baths, and reading! I just finished "The Nutcracker Mice" for my Ballet Book Club which was REALLY cute, and, well, we all know I will happily jump onto anything ballet and Nutcracker, haha, so... My spirit just keeps on growing and growing and growing. ♥ ALSO, I bought a Disney Christmas Cookbook that I very much need to study in more detail soon! I just wish it was going to snow in Thursday, or before, or before AND on Thursday, but I'm afraid there won't be a White Christmas Eve, sigh. Siri actually just told me it was snaining (snow-raining), but looking out of the window proved me otherwise, haha. There might be a White Christmas Day, though, because it looks like it's gonna snow there, so... CROSS YOUR FINGERS! <3333 We haven't had a White Christmas for so, so long, unfortunately.
[have yourself a merry little christmas]
I mean, they kind of have six different kinds of cookie dough on them now, but I AM STILL NOT TAKING THE MOFF, HAHA! ♥ Unless to briefly wash them, maybe.
The best slippers <333.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS STORY CD <3333.
Christmas through and through. ♥
Also in my hair!
HOT PUUUUUUNCH <3333.
THESE ARE AMAZING, NGL.
Jasmine!Santa Present Part 01 <3333
Avi's Elf Workshop!
LOVE IT <333333
Christmas Bath Delight. ♥
HAPPY FOURTH ADVENT SUNDAY <33333.
ANYWAY, before I ramble more and start gushing over how I'm finally watching Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 one) which is my ultimate favourite Chritmas movie and that I always wanna watch as close to Christmas as possible because it's just so very, very special an dear to me, have a Christmas survey that I snagged from sictransits. ♥
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
2. Real tree or Artificial?
3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually we put it up around the 23rd and then decorate it on the 24th and then it gets "revealed" when we celebrate on Christmas Eve, but I think this year we'll be a tad early and put it up tomorrow or on Tuesday! It's still only going to get decorated on Christmas Eve, though <333.
4. When do you take the tree down?
Around the 6th, so Epiphany, sometimes the week after. I never like that, haha! So let's definitely not think about that just yet.
5. Do you like eggnog?
I've never had it actually because you cannot et it here... I should try to make it myself, since the last time I started an attempt I failed miserably, haha.
[the remaining questions]6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I cannot decide, I've received so many, many wonderful gifts, I just couldn't possibly pick one! ♥
7. Hardest person to buy for?
My Secret Santas, haha? Because I never know what to expect, and some just give you ZERO info.
8. Easiest person to buy for?
My parents! The hardest thing about shopping for them is that I run out of money before I can get them everything I want to, haha, so I always have to limit myself!
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes! A small one we always have on/in our tree, and also a bigger one that I finally want to build up again this year! We haven't had up forever!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail for sure.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
This box of ancient weird Vermont (?) fishing pier merchandise including an old teddy bear with a creepily sentimental story from an imgur Secret Santa a couple years ago. That was fun.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Miracle on 34th Street <333333.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usally around very early December up until around the 20th-22th, sometimes I still get a thing or two on Christmas Eve, but this year I started in November, and by the end of it was mostly done! Entirely done by the 10th-ish, I think.
14. Have you ever re-gifted a Christmas present?
Pretty sure I haven't, not a huge fan of re-gifting, ngl. At least not for Christmas!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Our family recipe Vanillekipferln and Cinnamon Stars. <3333
16. Lights on the tree?
Yes of course!
17. Favorite Christmas song?
"Maria durch ein Dornwald ging" will always be one of my favourites. ♥ I also love "Do You Hear What I Hear", and many more!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen (?), Rudolph, and... Errrrr... I'm lost, someone help me, please!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Staaaaaar. Angel right beneath. ♥
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Too many people in the shopping centres, haha. Also, those who are only here for the alcohol on the Christmas Market, instead of enjoying the atmosphere!
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Nutcracker! Colours red or silver or gold or rose or everything, really, as long as it's festive <333.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Oven-baked salmon on spinach. No idea when that happened and became our tradition (or at least when I decided it was going to be a tradition, haha!), but I don't ever want to miss it on Christmas Eve!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Anything Russian, Disney or Ballet themed, Dancewear, Lego Harry Potter Sets, Pandora Charms, or gift cards! ♥