“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”
Literature freaks will quickly recognise this passage. Those are the first sentences of the novella A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. Reading this book I made for myself to an annual Christmas ritual and no, it never gets boring 😉 And if I have not enough time I will listen to it as an audiobook while commuting on trains. But why starting a post with the grumpy Scrooge who does not cherish Christmas at all and thinks of it as being a humbug. Because I am not the most excited person when it comes to Christmas. You will not see my room decorated with stars, snowflakes, glitter or mistletoe. To be frank, I am not really enjoying the pre-Christmas period whether it is baking cookies or visiting Christmas markets. This may arise from the fact that since I started University my pre-Christmas time is learning time and preparing myself for the upcoming exams. However, unlike Scrooge, there are some things I do enjoy about the Christma Day.
Yes, I enjoy eating. And indulging into all the yummy stuff is just great and on top of all, you haven even a great excuse for it. I am not only referring to the sweet treats but also to the delicious dinners and the luxurious brunch in the mornings with fresh bread, salmon, eggs and what we call in Switzerland Zopf. This is actually a plaited loaf of bread which contains flour, butter, milk, yeast and a little bit salt. The butter and milk make the Zopf smooth and nutritive.
I really like the moment when your present makes the other person happy. However, finding the right present is often a real challenge but whenever you bought or made the perfect gift it creates a content and fulfilling feeling. And let us be honest, not only giving presents but also receiving them is a great part, because it shows that someone was investing thoughts and time in order to surprise you with a little gift.
What is your favourite part about Christmas? Let me know in the comments.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with your loved ones.
A very special thanks to Milly, who provides free wonderful photographs with her project 777. It is a great way to include pictures into your post whenever you have either not much time taking your own or you are unable to find one in your own collection.