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text 2016-11-28 14:45
The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season -- A Visit to the Christmas Market

... aka Tasks the First, the Sixth, and the Twelfth: The Winter Wonderland, the Hanukkah, and the Wassail Bowl.

 

- If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren't, take a walk outside and post a picture of something pretty you encountered on your way.

- Make a traditional Hanukkah food like doughnuts or potato latkes. Post a picture, or tell us how they turned out!

- Drink a festive, holiday beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Take a picture of your drink, and post it to share - make it as festive as possible!

 



No snow anywhere in sight where I live (and as every year, we're dreaming of a white Christmas without, however, much hope for there actually to be one), but yesterday being the first Sunday of Advent, I decided to at least pay a visit to one of our area's many Christmas markets.  For preference, I'd have made it either the one in Bonn or the medieval Christmas market they annually have in another town nearby, but as I also had things to do at the office, it ended up being Cologne's main Christmas market right next to the cathedral (our offices are a 5 minutes' walk from there).

 







 

And since both latkes (Kartoffelpuffer / Reibekuchen, or in the local dialect, "Riefkooche") and mulled wine (Glühwein) are a fixture on every German Christmas market, yesterday's visit provided for those as well -- alright, not homemade admittedly, but I decided I'm going to let the Christmas market tradition stand in for "homemade" here instead ... and, in the instance of the latkes, also celebrate the cross-cultural / cross-religious spirit.  Oh, and I did get to take home my pretty, colorful mulled wine mug, too!

 

 


 

 

 

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review 2014-12-23 00:11
All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy
All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy (Mass Market) - Emma Cane,Jennifer Ryan,Katie Lane

The Christmas Cabin- 2*
Unremarkable for me.

Can't Wait- 2*
Gah! I really don't like this trope. Adult man and woman like each other, but resist the attraction. Why? Oh, 'cause it goes against the "bro code" to fall for your best friends sister. Whatever. It did get a little better once that obstacle was jumped over.

Baby It's Cold Outside-3*
Best one in this anthology. It was sweet and I really shouldn't say any more to not give anything away.

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review 2013-11-24 00:00
Off The Market (The 12 NA's of Christmas... Off The Market (The 12 NA's of Christmas) - Magan Vernon Uuhm well. Ok. Just - I don't know.
Too much too fast? Gonna have to think about this. But not really my cup of tea

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review 2013-11-09 00:00
Off The Market (The 12 NA's of Christmas... Off The Market (The 12 NA's of Christmas) - Magan Vernon This one was a cute and quick read.
Etta has come back to her hometown to help her family. She has picked up selling real estate and does well for herself, but something is missing... Andrew. Andrew has done well for himself and has tried to move on without his high school sweetheart Etta, but he just never has. Now he has the chance to see if she still cares and Etta gets a pleasant surprise on Christmas Eve at a surprise house showing. Will they get what they want most for Christmas?
This story was very quickly paced novella. It was short and to the point. It only spans maybe a total of 24 hours starting on Christmas Eve night into early Christmas day, so the pacing worked. You see two people who never really stopped loving each other reconnect with each other and pick up where they left off. For me this was kind of unrealistic, but still sweet and enchanting in its way. The novella also didn't give me much to connect with in terms of the characters. Everyone can relate to losing first love and even possibly that reconnection, but the how just didn't work for me and the characters just never got real for me.
It was a cute read and worth the time and effort definitely, but it wasn't completely for me.
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