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20 December 2012 @ 04:51 pm
publicChristmas Time!  

Since the taking of the above picture, it has been crowned with a star made of tin foil and cotton buds, heh. I made the advent calendar in secret for Stacia's birthday - we both always liked the idea of hand-made advent calendars with a different small present each day, so I've been putting clues in the pockets and getting her to follow them on a hunt through our flat for little things like chocolates, buttons, origami paper.

We're staying here in France for Christmas, our first one together. We decided last year that we'd like to be together this time, and both of our mums are coming out to visit. I'm a bit nervous (I really want them to love it here, and to be able to show them around loads of amazing places, but having been a bit mentally AWOL means that I'm not brimming over with as much enthusiasm about the place as I would've been normally), but mostly excited - we have some plans to go to concerts and Christmas markets, and loads of French traditions (mostly relating to food...) that we're going to try out :D

My Christmas cheer has been exponentially increased by discovering the existence of insmallpackages. All of my five wishes have been answered(!), and multiple times - I feel spoiled by these people that I've never talked to before, it's lovely ♥ I asked to hear about the nicest things complete strangers had ever done for people: one, two, three, four; for a recs list of magic realism books and short stories; the fanfics that sucked people into Sam/Dean (Supernatural): one, two; the vegetarian meal someone would make to impress; and a recs list of books featuring male and female friendships without UST. So much to read *-*

And it's been really nice fulfilling other people's wishes too - it's low pressure, because people aren't expecting anything gigantic or majorly time-consuming, or might not even have noticed that you've claimed their wish, and it's felt good to do these little random things with no weight hanging over me from some deadline. I've done: 5-10 icons of yarn & knitting, a good vegan frosting recipe, links for good sites for reference images, mainly human body,
3-5 sparkly icons and a rec list of Sam/Dean or J2 first time fics. I haven't made icons for years, so it was pretty awesome to open up Photoshop again and play around with filters :D There are 17 other wishes that I'd love to fulfill, but I strongly suspect that's not going to happen... I'm pretty happy to have done five though :)

Talking of small presents, Stacia got a birthday package from the Japanese girl she teaches English to, and its packaging was covered with such philosophical jewels as, "A character, noodle GURUMI and a ring, a pierced earring, and a hair ornament also have many tableware, seals, and interesting goods in an apron." and, "Shoes are full also of staitionery, and it and confectionary for cosmetics to a bag." I LOVE JAPANGLISH :D

My mum's arriving tonight, kick-starting the Christmassy activities, so just in case I'm not on here for a while: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Yule, etc.! ♥
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mermaidprincesa: Christmas: Vintage Elvesmermaidprincesa on December 20th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
That tree is adorable I absolutely love it!

I also love that you did an Advent that is increbily sweet. I adore advents but Mario isnt big on presents. He never grew up with them. He's gotten much more used to it since me but he still can't go out on his own and shop or do things. He just wrapped his very first present ever a few nights ago! (and I had to bug him and take him shopping to get him to buyme a present. lol) I grew up with advents from my mom and I do so miss them. Its something small but so special to look forward to every day. Such a lovely tradition.

Oh France at Christmas sounds marvelous. and so lovely that you guys gt to spend it together!

Merry christmas!!!
Caspian: Winter morningpunkheid on December 20th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
That's crazy and intriguing! Is it just his family, or is it not part of traditional culture? What about other occasions? It must be bewildering for him, haha. Yes, I really like the fact that it's just something small - that seems the essence of present-giving, that it doesn't need to be some huge, expensive item, just a little gift that you know the person wouldn't buy for themselves.

I hope you have a lovely holiday my dear!
mermaidprincesamermaidprincesa on December 21st, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
i think its just his family. they were very very poor growing up with A LOT of kids in rural Mexico so it was not something they did   so i think even as they moved here and got older it never became tradition. they buy gifts fir his niece but not amongst adults.  while we were dating i apparently got him his first ever birthday present and first Christmas stocking. </p>

its still si weird for me because my mom was HUGE on presents for every single holiday (even Palestine and st. Patrick)....but it was never about the money it wad just little earnings or a new pair of sick but she made it special by decorating while i slept or filling the house with cheap balloons or holiday themed foods so I've been so spoiled about holidays and wanting then special.  so its been interesting especially since we got married because he tries because he knows i love holidays and gifts but i have to remind him and he doesn't do anything near as grand as my mom (she put so much thought and time into the little things like you are with the advent....its not just the gift but she experience and thought).

thank you!!! i hope yours is lovely too!

also im doing this from my phone so hopefully there aren't too many typos lol

Caspian: Freedompunkheid on January 4th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, that's certainly understandable. How old was Mario when they moved? It's quite exciting that you get to do this stuff and surprise him, at least :)

Having the house decorated while you sleep sounds quite magical ♥

Hehehe, my favourite typo was 'Palestine' for 'Valentine's' :P
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Caspian: Blushing K-sama! *explodes with joy*punkheid on January 4th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
It really was lovely :) We really missed each other last Christmas, so it was very exciting to put up decorations, eat Christmassy food, listen to Chritmas music, etc. together this time ♥ It is indeed little things that become good memories :D Thank you! It was very relaxing, and I definitely feel reinvigorated and ready to attack the next mountain of paperwork the French government throws at us! How was the beach? Hahaha, it is a bizarre idea indeed xD What are your traditional Christmassy foodstuffs?

I found the generosity of everyone in it really heart-warming - I definitely hope I can keep participating :)

Stacia sends her Happy New Year wishes to you :D!
sagetansagetan on December 21st, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Homemade advent calendar! That is the best. I really enjoyed reading all the stories about kind strangers, that was a lovely and inspired thing to ask for. And the Japanglish, ahhaha XD My mom bought me a great shirt from Taiwan with terrible typo-ridden French on it which I can't wear in public. So tragic.

Merriest of Christmases to you! <33
Caspian: From me to youpunkheid on January 4th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Now that I look at the photo of my homemade advent calendar again, I notice how truly squinty it is... Luckily, that was mostly deliberate :D I got a lot out of finding wee bits and pieces to hide all over the place :) Yes! That was definitely my favourite wish, in the end, really restored my faith in humanity! Oh man, that sounds promising >:D Do you remember off the top of your head what it says?

I hope you had a lovely time yourself!
sagetansagetan on January 4th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
I had a marvelous holiday, glad to hear you had a good one too! :)

I don't know it by heart, but I have fetched it for your viewing pleasure (from the remote and hostile land of my upstairs bedroom). It says--are you ready for this?--it says:

PARIS et ses monuments
guide pratigue dw visirau chernin de for motrpoetaim [sic, all the sics ever]

It starts out good, then wobbles, then falls down two flights of stairs heavily inebriated XD
Caspian: A thing of beauty is a joy foreverpunkheid on January 6th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
XDD I am not sure I will ever be quite ready for the deciphering of "motrpoetaim"! This seems like the sort of phrase that I'll try to keep in the back of my mind to bring out (without explanation maybe?) at any future uncomfortable dinner parties. Thank you for braving the terrors of your faraway room to bring this gift :D