Christmas 2015

Ah such an original title. Fun fact: I first typed 2016. YES I’M SECRETLY FROM THE FUTURE BUT I MUST KEEP THIS A SECRET. Which I just failed to do. Um. I’M JUST JOKING I’M NOT FROM THE FUTURE.

Anyway! I’ll start with the promised pictures of our Christmas tree, because a Christmas tree is the start of it all! At least it doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until our tree is up.

Under our tree we have my Christmas themed plushies haha. The hamsters are new (they’re the mascots for one of our biggest supermarket chains) but all the others were collected over the years. I think you can see the theme haha.

Here’s a picture of our entire tree plus the presents for my mom, grandfather, me and the people we got for Secret Santa. You can’t see the topper in this picture, but we want a new one anyway as it doesn’t go with the rest of the tree anymore.

The angel in the top right corner was made by me when I was little haha. It’s been a part of the tree ever since. Also, take a good look at Aurora. She seems to be missing something… Like part of a limp.

Of course I looked forward to Christmas because it meant spending time with my family (except for my mom and grandfather I don’t see the others that often!) but… I was also really excited because I could wear my Weasley jumper (not that I haven’t worn it already, but it feels so much more magical to wear it on Christmas itself haha).

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We spent Christmas at my aunt’s, where we had lots of food (I really shouldn’t have eaten that much chocolate before dinner…), laughed a lot and of course opened presents. My six-year old cousin received all this stuff so he could be a knight (another sword, a shield and a helmet) so naturally I found myself sword fighting later on. If he had had a real sword I would be missing my hand now, let’s leave it at that haha. My mom was the victim later on, and he promised her he would bring his swords at New Years Eve so they can fight again (if he challenges me I shall bring out my wand. Just kidding, I’ll remind him how good my mom is. I’d like to keep my hand, thank you).

I got books (no surprise there). And some other book-related goodies.

The books I got are: A Thousand Nights, The Ask and the Answer, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Shatter Me and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. All in all I’m a happy bookworm! I also got sticky notes, new bookmarks and a mug.

I had to hold a photoshoot with A Thousand Nights though, because LOOK HOW GORGEOUS IT IS.

I hope the story itself is just as beautiful!

Before dinner my cousin was really hyperactive. At some point he claimed that we had to hide (‘Nah, I don’t have to. You go hide.’) which resulted in this gem:

If you can’t see him, you might have to zoom in haha. You may think he was that hyper because of the presents awaiting him, but nope, at this point we had already opened them!

We also held a photoshoot with him as a photographer (he refused to be in a picture himself). Though eventually my fabulous pose must have inspired him because he asked me to take a picture of him.

Then it was finally time for dinner (this is making me hungry – doesn’t help that it’s dinner time as I’m writing this). LOOK AT THOSE SHRIMP. Shrimp are very popular in our family. I feel like we all have some kind of obsession with them haha. This may not look like a lot to some of you, but there are only seven of us, and my six-year old cousin and grandfather don’t eat that much. Plus this picture is without desert. We had homemade ‘koekjespudding’ (I couldn’t find a translation, but literally it means ‘cookies pudding’).
My cousin actually wanted to play hide-and-seek after dinner, but I was too full to move. So that’s when my mom became his next sword-fighting victim haha. Lucky for her, my cousin had to go home so he could go to bed on time (seriously, he wasn’t even tired when they left. HOW. He was just a ball of energy throughout the entire evening).

So that was my day! I hope you all had as much fun as I did. Let me know in the comments how your Christmas was! 

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #18

*insert freak out about this being the last week, Sunday and Weekly Hufflepuff of 2015*

Um. I’m not ready for it to be 2016 yet?

I think my post on Friday said I would post pictures of our Christmas tree in a post on Saturday, but you may have noticed that never happened. I was incredibly exhausted yesterday and even went to bed at nine. To sleep, not to read. I was too exhausted to read.

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I finished The Knife of Never Letting Go and am not okay. I didn’t even read anything else because of it. I tried, but I couldn’t. I’ll write a review soon!

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So much happened this week with it being Christmas and all!

Monday my mom and I did our last minute Christmas shopping, which was fun but hectic. Of course it also started raining. We’re used to rain though, so it was no big deal *cough cough*

We both had hot chocolate and shared a chocolate muffin at Starbucks. Guys, I love chocolate, but that may have been too much

I had a stomach ache when we got home

I was really nauseous

#totallyworthit

Of course Friday was Christmas! I’ll write a separate post about it, probably tomorrow (in which I’ll finally share pictures of our Christmas tree haha)

Yesterday my mom and I had our annual film marathon which we always hold on Boxing Day. We watched Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Despicable Me. And after that we were too tired to watch another one haha (so not much of a marathon after all)

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Well, that was my last weekly wrap up of the year! I hope you all had a great week!

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Christmas Tags

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you’re all having a great day so far and that it will get even better from now on. I still haven’t posted pictures of my Christmas tree, but I’ll probably post them tomorrow, in celebration of what we call ‘Second Christmas Day’.


I’ve been tagged for a few Christmas related tags and since I didn’t have time to do them separately in time for Christmas, I decided to combine them. Thank you Cátia for tagging me for the All I Want for Christmas Book Tag, ‘Tis is the Season Book Tag and the Joy of Christmas Book Tag, Emma also for the ‘Tis is the Season Book tag, Kat for the Christmas Song Book Tag and Alex for the Season’s Greeting Tag! I’ve removed some of the questions, either because I already answered them in the Dashing Through the Snow tag, or because I already answered them in an above tag.

What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

While I’d love to find a book boyfriend under my tree, I think I’d actually prefer to find a pet, like Crookshanks or Manchee (I SHOULD’VE TAKEN HIM OUT OF THE BOOK WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE JOSIE *eternal sobbing*)

What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

What character don’t I want to kiss under the mistletoe? Siriusly, that would be much easier to answer. But I will choose Will Herondale (*hides from angry fangirls*)

 It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?

Secret Santa at Hogwarts, which means magical gifts. HOW DO I CHOOSE. A Pygmy Puff. I want a Pygmy Puff. Okay, I have a Pygmy Puff. But I want a living one.

You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

CHOCOLATE FOR YOU IF YOU ALREADY KNOW MY ANSWER

Duh

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

CROOKSHANKS. MANCHEE. FLEETFOOT. DO DISNEY ANIMALS COUNT TOO BECAUSE STITCH (sssh he counts as an animal) AND THE ARISTOCATS AND LADY AND AND AND-

You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?

Can I add an extra zero? I mean, this is just cruel. Okay, I’ll pick ten characters that would be fun at a party, so that should make it a bit easier. I think. Probably not. Okay here we go.

Magnus Bane (the party don’t start till he walks in)
Isabelle Lightwood
Carswell Thorne
Fred and George Weasley (THEY’RE TWINS YOU CAN’T SEPARATE THEM)
Ginny Weasley
Luna Lovegood
Iko
Leo Valdez
Lola Nolan
Hermione Granger because I love her and can’t not invite her plus to be honest I’m not much of a party person so I need another not party person

And of course they’d all bring their boyfriends/girlfriends/family/friends so I still get to have a party with a lot of my favourite characters!

What character would make a good santa? (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)

I would love to see Thorne as Santa. I don’t even really know why, I just think he’d be a really funny Santa.

Do you have a favorite winter read?

Harry Potter shall always be reread during Winter.

Find a book with blue on the cover!

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Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

I’d love to go on a winter vacation with bookworm characters, so I’m going to cheat and take Hermione, Cath and Aelin with me.

Favorite holiday drink and treat?

Drink: I drink tea and hot chocolate through out the year; it really doesn’t matter what season it is! Though hot chocolate does taste a bit more special during the holidays

Treat: Cookies shaped like snowmen- they’re addicting!

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Stars Above, Lady Midnight and The Hidden Oracle are definitely at the top. I especially can’t wait for Stars Above!

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia! (How many of you were expecting Harry Potter?) There are a few other books I could’ve answered with, but Made You Up is a bit underrated and deserves to be hyped

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

Obviously I love Harry Potter’s worldbuilding, but I also really love the worldbuilding of the Shadowhunter Chronicles!

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

The Picture of Dorian Gray, hands down.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

I usually go with Fangirl when it comes to fuzzy books (or Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door), but this time I’ll go with Carry On.

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Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

Since there are so many amazing covers out there, I’ll limit it to books I read this year

I can’t find a proper picture of the white cover of The Knife of Never Letting Go (I’m aware I could take one myself, but alas, I’m too lazy), but it’s beautiful and definitely among my favourites.

Snowman or snow angel? 

What author from any time would you like to have a cup with?

Of course J.K. Rowling.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Aelin Galathynius, though it’s actually Celaena who overcomes the obstacles… Help my head is spinning and I’m 99% sure I misspelled her names wrong

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

Hmm… I don’t think Santa would try to take on Voldemort (that would mean bye bye Santa), maybe Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments? (though that’d probably mean bye bye Santa as well…) I need a naughty character who wouldn’t kill Santa, help.

b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Princess Winter. She’s too precious for this world. She must be protected at all costs.

“Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart?

Carry On, definitely. Like do I still have a heart left?

“Feliz Navidad” –Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

*chooses almost all the books* I’ll choose The Knife of Never Letting Go, because I finished it a few days ago and I’m not okay.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I’ve barely read any holiday themed books, so I’ll guess I’ll go with Let it Snow. It’s a fun and cute read, perfect for the holidays!

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Like Kat, I don’t like the idea of burning books, but if it meant my survival, I’d burn Oeroeg by Hella S. Haasse. The only fault in that plan is that I don’t even have it anymore.

“Do You Hear What I Hear” – Which book do you think everyone should read?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (though of course I’m very tempted to answer Harry Potter). Though it’s not for kids, so I guess if I had to include everyone I’d answer Harry Potter anyway

I won’t tag anyone, since these are heavily Christmas themed and Christmas is almost over already :( I hope you’re all having/had a great day! Tell me about it in the comments!

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A Trip to the Christmas Market

Last Thursday I met up with one of my friends who I hadn’t seen in a while to go to the Christmas market at Rembrandtplein. I had a lot of fun, but not thanks to the market! We’ll get there though.

We met up at my old secondary school, as she is now in her senior year and had to go to school in the morning. I felt incredibly awkward standing outside waiting for her. It’s so weird to think that graduation was roughly half a year ago and it already doesn’t feel like my school anymore.

We took the bus to Central Station and from there walked towards the Christmas Market. We did stop at several stores on the way. Like POPCULT, the new H&M (I do wonder why they opened another H&M when there are at least four others in a close proximity, but oh well), a toy store where they sell Tsum Tsums and then we went to a restaurant for lunch, where funnily enough we ran into my mom and one of my best friends who I’ve known since birth who’s basically like my brother. We all had lunch together and I showed mom my new additions to the Tsum Tsum family haha. Apparently they had just been at the store as well and she had send me a picture of the Tsum Tsums with ‘do you already have these?’ – yes, yes I do.

When we were all done eating we continued our way to the Christmas Market. I have to admit we were a bit disappointed, as it was very small and most of the booths only sold food (of course I love food, but I expected them to sell other stuff as well and for it to be a lot more Christmassy!). I did buy some delicious handmade fudge, but we didn’t spend a lot of time at the market since there wasn’t much to do. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood though, it might be fun to check it out as it does look cozy! Plus food.

There are several Christmas trams riding through the city, and they’re really cute haha. I haven’t been in one yet this year, but when I rode one a few years ago they played Christmas music inside!

Before I went out I made myself a promise to not go inside a bookstore, but of course I broke that promise when we passed a bookstore where they have very good deals. It was definitely worth it, as I found Model Misfit, the sequel to Geek Girl which I think I read two years ago, for five euros!

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My mom and I ate the fudge in the evening and they were delicious! Except for one, but I forgot what taste it was. The oreo fudge didn’t taste like oreo, but damn it was good. I also recommend cookie dough and regular butterscotch. Afterwards we were a bit nauseous though haha

Do you have any Christmas Markets where you live? Let me know in the comments!

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