martes, 20 de diciembre de 2011

Yule around the corner

I cannot believe it but It´s been a year since I returned from UK.
Sometimes I still have a strange feeling when I look around and realize that I am not walking by the Thames side anymore. Long walks through the hills have been replaced by the constant view of old inclined towers and narrow stone streets.
However, the same mist hangs in the air.

Yule is just around the corner, so I cannot feel sad anymore.

Sadness is replaced immediately by a pleasant sense of familiarity when Christmas arrives and I can meet my loved ones. Unluckily, I am not meeting all of them. I will be specially missing my sister, who is not able to come to Spain from Japan this year (miss you, darling). Thanks to the providency (and the wonders of modern technologies) we´ll be chatting on Christmas day via Skype.

Anyway, despite this I feel happy about the last days of the year.
I do appreciate the opportunity of having a delicious dinner with family, drop my youngest sister to ice skating by her very first time, drinking hot chocolate with my parents and enjoying the most of the holidays with The Gentle One.

The first Spanish edition of The Hobbit rescued from a vintage store for my little sister.

Many people do not feel comfortable with the radical commercial mood of Christmas nowadays.
I can see their point: we do not need to spend hundreds of euros just to demonstrate our love. I think we don´t need every single thing we see in the mall to be happy though society tries to convince to us we do.
For me, personal details are more accurate and I prefer to find one perfect gift rather than a mountain of impersonal stuff.
This year I got just a few things but very special. I bought the first Spanish edition of
The Hobbit for my youngest sister (she is just eleven years old and is discovering the pleasure of reading) in a vintage store. Then, I chose a wonderful artisan paper on a beautiful violet color to replace the old fashioned covers as long as they were a little damaged. I also bought a pair of Sweet Lolita inspired leggins for her and a pair of funny strawberry earrings. She does not have earholes but she´s dying for.

I became a big fan of Whittard of Chelsea this winter.

I had two or three good ideas for my parents but not too much to spend (charming writers graduating have small salaries as teachers), so I spoke to my other lovely sister and she decided to help with the presents (thank you once again, darling). So we could finally get something gorgeous for our parents. They are fond of staying home in the weekends and spending long hours having hot drinks and never ending conversations, so what more accurate than a luxury selection of teas and chocolates?
Normally they prefer the kind of gifts they can share with the others (being generous as they are), which converted this idea in the perfect one. Besides, they are chocoholics!

Big variety of treats for a chocoholic couple.

In the last weeks I also found the perfect gifts for my fiancée but I am not posting pictures or a description here at the moment. He is a little gossip, so he will be probably checking this place for some information. Sorry, dear, you are not lucky today ;)

Yummy, I am sure!

Extraordinary, this year we are not celebrating Christmas at our parents, but they are coming home. I am really fond of spending these very special days in my city. The medieval town will be beautiful with all the lights. Actually, I am dying for holidays. I have not enjoyed too much in the last weeks and I do not have spare time at all. To break up with the routine, I attended a Lolitas´ meeting on Saturday and met lots of nice people. I will be giving more details as soon as I get some pics. Stay tuned!

6 comentarios:

  1. thanks no needed ^_^
    Espero que les guste el regalo :S
    En el caso del príncipe fue una reacción interesante XDDDDD ( pude evitar darle los regalos antes de tiempo jajaja por q queria tener bastante tiempo la deco navideña y como la nochebuena la pasamos con los Tamura pues hice una no-navidad 1 smana antes..q pasa? XD)
    Se quedó con carita de tonto debatiéndose si comerme a besos o ir a devolverlos por lo caros que son XDDD (pero se los ha quedado :P y los abraza a escondidas que ya lo he pillao)

    Pues nah chiquillos, os veo en nochebuena por el skype y peina a Vicky XD es que madre siempre la deja con unos pelos que...LOL

  2. ¡Qué majo! Me laegro de que le gustaran los regalos aunque no me has dicho todavía qué escogiste al final :)
    Confío en que todo les gustará mucho, ya se sabe que son raritos como el que más ;)

    ¡Nos vemos en Nochebuena!

  3. I love the positive spirit of this post. It's something that we need more of during the holiday season. I don't know about other countries, but here in America so many people are stressed and grouchy at this time. You brightened my day. :)

  4. Oh, thank you very much for the compliments!
    I totally share your point of view, I think seasonal shopping madness is a global thing nowadays, no matter where you are from.
    As a small child things were different and I was never taught the value of great material things but just small familiar gifts, and this is something I am totally grateful for. I still making many presents by myself as an occasional way to demostrate love :)

  5. If they don't enjoy your presents... well, my birthday is around the corner. By the way: I love Christmas time and the spirit of your post. Happy Yule to you and your gentle one.

  6. I will consider it ;)
    I do like Christmas as well, I think we do not need too much for being happy. Thank you so much and have a merry Yule yourself!