I do not know how much you like Christmas shopping. I hate the crowds in the malls - special before Christmas. I am more the type for the lovely small shops or the net.
It is easy to find good stores in the net. For nice shopes in real life it is a bit more difficult coz the shops I loved have died over the years. What came now as something to replace the old fashioned nice stores are short-term-possibilities with exhibitions and the chance to buy great things.
This year there are two places in Hannover to go for shopping special things before Christmas:
One is the designachten. It starts the first time so we have to see if it will be great or not.
The other one is well known. It is the "Werkstatt-Ausstellung" bei Orike Muth. Do not miss it. It is a bit hard to find but worth the effort (17.12.: 17.00-20.00Uhr; 18.+19.12.: 11.00-20.00 Uhr).
Today I have to start work late. That was the reason I asked my husband yesterday to get us rolls for breakfast today. It was more a sort of a joke - I know how much he hates to go out of his usual way (a slice of dark bread with honey). And this wish asked him to leave our flat, go to the bakery and eat rolls. Well, I heard him leave our flat today and it took longer than to get our rubbish out to the bin. And some minutes later I was getting rolls fresh from the bakery, yummi....
Today I helped someone to hold a door open for passing with parcels. I did not know the person but it felt good to help - my gift for today.
I read on a great blog about a book written by Alice Miller and decided to buy it. It is the german version and called "Die Revolte des Körpers" and I got it today. I want to start reading now so goodbye for today...
I do not know how often you give gifts. Do you wait for special occasions? Do you want something in return?
For me it is hard to give and receive thanks to my parents.
I still remember being told to be nice and give one of the blouses my parents bought for me (as presents for my birthday some weeks later) to my older sister coz she liked them so much and other humilating things related to gifts. And to getting gifts: I will never forget my parents wanting so much praise for something they had done for me I did not like their gift at all.
It took me a long time to give without a special occasion and without wanting something in return.
I started to do this some years ago: I sent postcards each week to my sister and a friend. Both without an occasion - both without wanting something in return. I really like choosing the cards and sending them. And sometimes I send postcards to other people, too. And today I decided to send a friend a bag I made- just out of the blue...
Yesterday I stayed nearly the whole day in bed. I had a headache and did not feel well at all. Today I went to work again and got a headache only later in the day. I hate it when my body does slow me down.
I went to the local bookstore to browse the shelves after work. I found a great book and decided to check the webside today.