Thursday, 24 December 2015

8 Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts (Christmas edition!)

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1. Hello dear people! First of all, a wonderful Christmas to you and your loved ones and a happy New Year!

2. I hope you all had a good run-up to Christmas! Did you do any special 'Christmassy' things, such as go to a concert of visit a Christmas market? I didn't get to do those things this year, but I did vist the Midwinter Fair with my swordfighting friends. This was not very 'Christmassy', as it's a Medieval/fantasy gathering, but it was very nice!  I was a bit afraid I was going to get cold as I only have a linnen summer dress for my Medieval costume, but my woollen mantle and copious cups of hot chocolate kept me quite warm!

As you've seen pictures of me and the other group members in costume already, I will post a picture of another Midwinter Fair visitor here, who was very much in the Christmas spirit!

3. I really enjoyed decorating my place this year. As you might remember, I moved last January, so this was my first Christmas season in a bigger place and suddenly I had room for all my Christmas decorations! I also got a cute little Christmas tree (just small enough to take home on my bike!)


4. This year my mum and my sister are coming to spend Christmas with me. I'm really looking forward to it, but am also just a bit nervous about playing hostess (Did I buy enough groceries? Will they not get bored? Do I have enough clean and decent looking towels ;-) )

5. The last weeks at work were made considerably easier by listening to Christmas music! The classic carols are my favourites, but I like to listen to many different performances of those. Here are two new favourites I discovered this year:

6. I also had a lot of fun watching made-for-tv Christmas movies this year (Rissi, thanks for your enthusiasm for Hallmark Christmas movies and your helpful reviews!) It's just such a fun way to really kick back and relax and I need that now and then. My favourites were Crown for Christmas and Dashing through the snow

7. Talking about TV and Christmas, I'm looking forward to the Christmas specials. The trailer for the Downton Abbey special looks daaarling, even though it's a bit bittersweet with it being the ending of an era. And Doctor Who looks like it's going to be lot's of fun and we need a bit of that in the 'Whoniverse'. What are you going to watch around Christmas?

That's it from my side! Hope you all enjoy your holidays and have lots of good times with loved ones, good food and good entertainment.


  1. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you, Birdie! I hope you and your mom and sister have been enjoying your time together. :)

    I love the Baby Boy song! One of my faves of this year as well. And Hallmark Christmas movies?! YES! I loved Crown for Christmas myself. Haven't watched Dashing Through the Snow yet, but hoping to soon.

    What a lovely little tree! And I love all your little decorations. My December has been kinda crazy and I never did get any decorations out. (I know!) But we had a tree at work, so I enjoyed it there. :)

    That first picture is wow! That lady surely went all out and looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

    My Christmas day was pretty quiet, my family isn't getting together until tomorrow (Sunday). Which means that day will be very noisy and full of yummy food. Now I'm off to get some of that yummy food made! :)

    1. He, Kara! We've had a really good time together, thank you!

      Ah, that's such a pity that you didn't get to decorate. Maybe you will have the time come spring and you can add some nice little spring touches to your place. I always like to change my interior just a little bit every season, though I only go all-out with Christmas.

      Hope you have a really nice day tomorrow!

  2. Happy New Year! Your Christmas tree is so cute :-D What a perfect spot for it!

    1. All the best in 2016 for you and your family too!
      I enjoyed my Christmas tree so much, I'm going to miss it...