Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Tugging my winter hat over my ears, I reached for my puff coat and slipped my arms in. The Florida sunshine giggled at me as it beamed through the curtains of my bedroom, and I shook my head. Christmas and December meant snow. And cold. And if I couldn’t be where it was, I’d imagine myself there. And nothing helps imagination more than reality. I zipped up my coat and tapped my booted heels together. Blink, blink, squeeeeeze tight. Cool air...
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Special Edition ~ Christmas Day: Introvert Style

I know. I know. No one cares. And you all probably think that it’s totally lame that I’m making my Christmas day so plain and public. But hey, what’s a girl to do when she’s far from home on Christmas day? That’s right. Plan Christmas Day to her own whims, obviously. To every amazing event, one must start with a few questions. Who’s invited? What will we be in the mood for? How can we make it special and fun?...
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I’ll Be Home For Christmas…maybe next year

It’s Christmas eve, but I promise it doesn’t feel like it to me. Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched the Advent candles be lit. The candle of hope. The candle of peace. The candle of love. The candle of joy. And now, tonight, the Christ candle. The center point of the season, where Biblical legend meets modern reality. A time to celebrate and remember that God’s son came to earth for us. [Pause. Go to Noisetrade here, and listen...
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Vienna Christmas Markets

If you haven’t heard of a Christmas market, then you are missing out. For my entire life, I’ve been missing out on this wonderful tradition because I had no idea that it existed! I bet somewhere in the USA there is a Christmas market, but I’ve never heard of this phenomenon until I moved to Austria. Christmas markets are living, breathing Christmas cards. People bundle up in their winter gear, topped off with puff-spritzed hats and mittens. On the weekends...
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Merry Christmas: A List of Favorites

For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without some amazing music. And I love good music. My favorite right now is Pentatonix, especially their cover of “White Winter Hymnal”. If you’re interested in something a bit more raw and maybe a bit more indy, then you should check out Von Strantz’ “The Light”. I know this group personally and enjoy their music and their passion for good music. The next thing that makes me feel like it’s Christmas is to eat Sugar...
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