with the pre-Christmas stress hitting hard and the last deadlines to meet, I often forget to truly enjoy this very beautiful time of year and hardly ever tick all the things off my to do list I intended to do. there's always a million more things I have to finish. also, with the days getting shorter, it feels like days can't be used to their full potential. christmas is my favourite time of the year and I think just December is to short for all my festive feels which means there's no other option than making the most of every second I have.
The past Decembers have been beautiful for sure but due to many other factors as my education and work schedules, I hardly had time to enjoy December. this year, I was able to make a change in that and take a huge chunk of December and the festive period off work. probably one of the best decisions I have made so far this year. so in honour of that and because we all deserve some hours to truly enjoy the Christmas spirit, I thought I would share some very festive activities with you.




1. hot chocolate & festive films

I honestly would say I have quite a good taste when it comes to films but that goes all out the window as soon as Christmas hits. netflix has such a wide selection this year and even though most of them are super cheesy and you exactly know what's gonna happen, it's just so beautiful to cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket and just enjoy them. whilst the holiday will always be my firm favourite, I really have been loving the Netflix original ones and this year I will make it through all of them. the perfect treat to have with a beautifully cheesy Christmas film is some hot chocolate. I have been making the most delicious black forest hot chocolate and I will share the recipe with you for sure if you want me to.

2. see all the lights

nothing makes me happier than Christmas lights being put up and living in a big city means there are many beautiful displays but also privately decorated houses. every year, I like taking an afternoon out to drive around and see the prettiest ones in the city, as well as certain neighborhoods, were people go all out during this time of year. ku'damm always is one of my favourite places to see the lights. everything is decorated so perfectly with huge warm lights and it makes everything look so much more beautiful. it also makes the shorter days so much more bearable. they obviously also make for a perfect festive photoshoot which I just had to do. 




3. Christmas markets

there's no December without a Christmas market. it just makes me feel so festive wandering around little stalls with loads of products from small businesses, delicious and mostly very sugary food and a big mug of glühwein in hand. there are loads around where I live and over the years, I found real gems to visit. christmas markets might be a very obvious activity but you shouldn't miss out on it. going with friends as a weekend activity makes it even more special and it could also make a very sweet date night and its also a good opportunity to buy some presents.

4. Friendmas

whilst most of the actual Christmas celebrations are mostly spend with family, I also love celebrating with my friends and creating traditions around the holidays just for friends. we always meet on christmas eve after the gift exchanges and celebration with our families in our favourite bar but we also love doing a very cosy afternoon with food, drinks, and secret Santa. just some hours altogether without thinking about work. its just about enjoying each others company. its beautiful and i love it.




my outfit

jumper: primark
coat: stefanel
scarf: zara
skirt: h&m
boots: primark
bag: primark
hair clip: asos

location: ku'damm, Berlin, Germany

what about you? what are your favourite activities this time of year? please let me know.

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Christmas is all about being surrounded by loved ones and enjoying the calmness of this beautiful celebration. there's nothing like sitting around my parents' kitchen table with nothing but candles lighting up the room, drinking hot tea and just chatting or reading festive stories to each other. everything feels so warm and almost like time doesn't exist. it's looking back on the year we've had and dreaming about what's to come and just enjoying how cosy and homely everything feels with just a few candles, foliage, and fairy lights. I'm sure every family has their own traditions and I love talking and learning about them. whether is certain activities, foods or rituals, its what makes it so special to me.




1. A Christmas Tree for the Woodland Animals

a lot of men in my family were professors of forest science, took care of acres of woodland, planned and nurtured communal and private woodland and were all qualified huntsmen. its a family history I'm very proud of and even though being a huntsman and forest scientist can sound quite unusual and brutal. it's not at all. it's not about killing wildlife, it's about preserving it and making sure it flourishes. my granddad taught me so much about respecting and caring for nature and wildlife around us and how fragile it can be. he took me on long walks to observe the wildlife and one of my highlights was rescuing a baby fox and nursing it until it became big enough to be released again, when I was around 4 I came up with the idea to decorate a tree in the wood close to were my parents and grandparents live with food for the woodland animals so they can celebrate Christmas too. that's what we have been doing ever since. we use the same tree and bring apples, carrots, nuts, and seeds. its a tradition very close to my heart and I have shared it before. it was published in Tanya Burrs Christmas book and it makes me very proud.

2. Traditional Christmas Food

I'm german so we have our main gift-giving on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day. traditionally, Christmas eve food isn't the big roast with loads of sides and a dessert too, its something rather easy to make so no one has to hide in the kitchen for too long and dinner can be relocated to the living room around the fire if we wanted to. we usually have various kinds of sausages, potato salad, bread, and butter as well as our traditional Christmas salad. a recipe that has been passed down for a few generations. my grandma and I prepare it together. its made with beetroot, potatoes, apples, nuts, beef, and pickles. it's so good and it just tasted like Christmas to me. I actually can't wait to have some around Christmas and because we always make so much that I basically eat it all the time around Christmas and although all ingredients are available all year round, I would never make it any other time.





3. Decorating my parent's tree

I love putting up the tree and I have to say that I probably have adopted a more international approach to decorating mine as I put it up a bit earlier and decorate it right away. all my family, however, decorate their trees on the 24th and keep them up into January. I always drive down to my parents early in the morning on the 24th to spend the entire day with them but also decorate the tree with my family. when I lived back at home, we would have old Astrid Lindgren films playing on the tv, still, in our PJs all decorating the tree with the same baubles, we have had for ages. my grandmother has been collecting china bells for the past decades with special yearly Christmas designs and its all the puts on her tree now. it's beautiful.

4. Christkind

there are various tales and traditions all around the world as to who brings the Christmas gifts and whilst most people grow up to believe its Santa, there are two different tales in Germany. you either believe in Santa or in christkind. she basically is an angel described and beautiful and kind with long gold hair and a long white dress and she brings presents to kids on Christmas eve. I grew up to believe she would come to my house. I also knew that santa must have been there too but he just wasn't gifting me and they were splitting the work apparently. its the tradition I have been growing up with and the one I will pass down to my kids too.




my outfit

Coat: Zara
Dress: Zara
Boots: Primark
Bag: Primark

Location: Königliche Gartenakademie, Berlin, Germany

what about you? what are your families traditions? please let me know and let's chat about everything Christmas.

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december is going by too quickly. I feel like the few weeks we have in the year to enjoy the festive period are just not enough. I need more time to visit all the Christmas markets, see all the lights, eat all the treats, and also produce all the content. luckily with work this year coming to an end, I will have more time to do just that. there are so many more cookies I want to bake and I also need to do some serious present shopping. as we take it very easy as a family when it comes to gift giving, I always leave it until December because even though town is buzzing this time of year, it makes me feel so festive to go from store to store and pick out gifts for my loved ones. I dedicate a whole day to it and its perfection.

what I did

this week was one of the busiest in a long time. wrapping up work before Christmas always means long hours and jam-packed days so I'm so excited to be off soon. I hardly had time to enjoy myself and all the festive things around me but for st. nicholas day on the 6th which we celebrate here in Germany, we went to a beautiful garden centre to listen to a reading about roses and we also had the most festive afternoon tea. the centre is basically set into the most beautifully designed grounds and everything is in an actual old greenhouse complex. everything was decorated accordingly and I loved every second and it truly motivated me to keep on going for the few days I still have to work.

what I want to do next week

it's finally time to get our Christmas tree next week. I can't wait because that means its truly Christmas in this house. I'm also officially off work which means more time for myself and to enjoy December. I also will have my annual Christmas gift shopping day and I can't wait.

festive treat of the week

a festive afternoon tea. so good.

festive song of the week

mariah carey - all I want for Christmas is you

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with all the parties and festive gatherings ahead, being sure of your perfect festive beauty routine and how to look your personal best is a must. with all the before Christmas stress adding up, I need to have my routine down and my favourite festive beauty products ready for quickly go from work to evening attire. it's the time to go all out. glitter, red lips and fluttery lashes to pair with a sequin dress and your favourite pair of heels. it's the most wonderful time of years and that also for dressing up and beauty routines.

because this time of year is so stressful, I love taking out time to relax and pamper myself. a brand i have been obsessed with lately because their scents are just so soothing and wholesome and they contain essential oils is kneipp. their bubble baths and shower creams are my favourite. besinnlichkeit contains vanilla, clove, orange and almonds and creates soft bubbles whilst smelling like the essence of Christmas. eingekuschelt smells of sandalwood and cardamom. it's so warm and cosy and leaves me smelling oh so delicious for ages. if I want something more fun lush has to be the way to go. the luxury lush pud probably is the most colourful option but its just beautiful. my lips also seem to be suffering most this time of year and I had a mini lanolips ointment in my recent cult beauty order and let me tell you, its a game changer for my very dry lips.
now, let's talk makeup: there's one foundation I always find my way back to when its colder outside and its the Nars natural radiant long wear foundation. it just is what the name says and Nars foundations seem to work best for me. it provides enough coverage but also looks and feels light. it's beautiful. I also can't get enough of my hourglass ambient lighting palette. its the edit volume 4 and its a beauty. it contains everything I could need in life and hourglass powders just are what I want and need in life. the hourglass scattered light eyeshadows have been on my eyes constantly lately and whilst smoke is a very subtle shade, adding some gold glitter from NYX takes it from ordinary day to Christmas in a few seconds. lashes are obviously a must and the fleur loves lashes are my favourites right now. there are two lip options I like going for depending on how much food I plan to eat. My go-to Nude is Huda Beauty Bombshell and my favourite red lately has been mac viva glam Rihanna
Finishing off with some diptyque eau duelle and I'm good to go.

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oh my loves, its finally December. the best month of the year. I can't quite fathom it yet as the year just flew by but I'm also beyond excited. I can't wait for all the festive fun ahead of me and since my flat already looks like the home of Santa and it truly makes me so very happy, I feel like I can fully enjoy it now that its December. the older you get the busier December gets. when I was a kid, all I did was dive deep into the Christmas excitement and my parents truly supported that. with DIY sessions, baking, long wintery walks, a very beautifully decorated home and all in all a very Christmassy feel, I always have the need to carry that into my own home and adult life despite still celebrating with my parents. due to me being off work from the 17th onwards, I hope there's more time to just enjoy the festive moments.

what I did

prepare my flat fully for Christmas and turning the lights on. I always have my balcony and living room windows decorated with fairy lights and its tradition here to not turn them on before the last Sunday before the first advent. there's nothing better than coming home after a long day and seeing my windows being lit up and looking so beautiful. spying on other peoples window and general house decorations are one of my favourite things about this time of year. I also went to two Christmas markets in two different towns this weekend to kick off December. we traveled to celle in Germany for some family things and their Christmas market was just insanely beautiful and I also went to my local one in Berlin and it made me feel so festive.

what I want to do next week

work will be really busy next week but it's st. Nicholas day on the 6th and as a family, we are going to a festive afternoon tea in a very beautiful café. its located in a greenhouse complex in a big garden and I can't wait.  

festive treat of the week

poffertjes with nutella from the christmas market as well as roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. perfection.

festive song of the week

melanie thornton - wonderful dream

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