Category Archives: Christmas

If We Were Having Coffee… On December 12

Hello my lovelies!

I’m so glad to see you could join me for today’s Weekend Coffee Share! How are you?

If we were having coffee today, we’d probably meet up in the old suburb of Gräfrath, where the 31st Gräfrath Christmas Market is currently underway. It’s a lovely place, all cobble stone lanes, slate-walled and roofed buildings with white windowframes and green shutters, an old fountain in the centre of the old market square and overlooked by on old convent church.

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If We Were Having Coffee… On December 5

Hello my lovelies!

I’m so glad to see you for the Weekend Coffee Share. I can offer you the usual coffee or tea, or a mulled wine if you’d like.

Are you getting into the Christmas spirit? I’m not really, despite having been to a local Christmas Market today (which was pathetic). I also won’t be decorating. I live by myself and will spend Christmas dashing between mum’s, dad’s, gran’s and my other grandparents’ places, so there’s no point in me spending money on decorations I won’t be able to enjoy.

Have you polished your boots yet? Over here in Germany, we celebrate St. Nikolaus on December 6. Children are told that St. Nikolaus goes from door to door during the night of 5th/6th December, and leaves small presents (usually nuts, oranges, chocolates and a small gift like cinema vouchers or something else quite small that would fit into a boot) in children’s shoes.

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My bestie knows me well!

It’s 01/01/2015, around lunchtime.

I crawl out of bed (oh please, as if you got up any earlier after those New Year’s festivities), listen to some of BBC’s Cabin Pressure while I get ready and then get a call. A parcel was left for me next door.

Weird. For once, I don’t have any Amazon orders outstanding, and the two posters of Richard III at Trafalgar Studios that I’d been after since September arrived on December 30.

What could it be?

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Season’s Greetings to all my followers

On this Christmas Eve, I want to wish all my followers a

Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Glædelig Jul, Hyvää Joulua, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Buon Natale, Meri Kirihimete, Счастливого рождества!, God Jul, Krismasi Njema and Nadolig Llawen.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah, Litha and Yule these past few days.

But even if you don’t celebrate those either, I do hope you have a relaxing few days to spend with your loved ones!

Thank you for all your support.

All the best from

Conny at Study. Read. Write.

Christmas tree

P.S.: In case you’re wondering, the languages above are English, German, French, Spanish, Danish/Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Maori, Russian, Swedish/Norwegian, Swahili and Welsh.

Stocking Fillers for Students, Readers and Writers

Christmas is fast approaching! And like every year, the mad-dash for presents and stocking fillers starts afresh. Some of the trickiest people to shop for are creative types like Writers, quiet appreciators like Readers and hard-working College / Grad School Students.

The main presents should not really be a problem. But if you’re still stuck, check out my lists of 10 Gift Ideas for Writers, Book-Lovers and Students.

But what about stocking fillers or boot fillers (in case you celebrate St. Nikolaus on December 6, like we do in Germany)? Here is a list of 10 ideas Santa Claus (or Father Christmas, the Christkind or St. Nicholas) can use to stuff those Christmas stockings with, other than tangerines and walnuts.

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