Gratitude is always in season (Blogmas #11)

This Christmas holiday season closes off a year that focused heavily on reflection and purpose and for me as I know for many others, gratitude is a must. Here are some of the reasons that I am grateful for 2021.

I am grateful to be alive during a time where a microscopic organism is wiping out a significant portion of the world population.

I am grateful for family and the sense of belonging which is absolutely necessary for the human experience.

Reallll grateful

I am grateful for the strength of my circle of friends who also contribute to that sense of belonging because no man is an island.

I am grateful for the ability to partake in good coffee, good wine and good food…..because….obviously….

I am grateful for the lessons learnt and the support that abounded this year while being an educator teaching virtually (and then face-to-face) in a pandemic. Never will there be an experience like this again and never have I learnt more about my students as well as myself during such a time.

I am grateful for science and vaccines rather than there being none at all. Anywhooo….

I am grateful for the Christmas season in my neck of the woods, the warmth and the sentiment.

I am grateful for my online community, those who have virtually kept me company and shared in my life experiences via my writing and my posts, so if you read this then I am grateful for you!

So what about you? As you reflect on your year is there anything that you feel grateful for? Feel free to express it in my comment section below!

Bless

TMIDM

Be an earlybird! (A Christmas throwback..) (Blogmas#4)

I wanted to write a post about how I usually attack my Christmas preparations and then I realized I wrote one already, click to read here first.

Not much has changed, I am still an earlybird, or try to be, but I am not as MANIC as I used to be about getting everything perfect before December 25th. I don’t insist that every single dust particle be removed from my house and I have no energy for anything beyond what I am willing to do for the sake of my sanity on a particular day. I am definitely not wasting my days, working hard and not enjoying my holiday break as I go along.

So much meaning…

So I will do my thing, catch my worm and savour to the last bite with my family until I have to head back out in the fields again. A damn good idea if I don’t say so mehself.

Bless

TMIDM

Christmas Snacking (with a twist) (Blogmas#3)

Mawnin mawnin!

I could have written the conventional post about the many Christmas snacks I enjoy, giving recommendations, tips and recipes but you know me….lemme add a lil bacchanal in de mix.

This post is about a few Christmas nibbles I MUST have in my zone during the season……with a twist. In life you must know what you want and what you absolutely do NOT want.

Now keep in mind half de ting here not healthy since I’m writing about snacks and indulgences that I allow. Yes I know there are ways to make your snacking healthier during the holidays and I know how, but that is a different conversation for another time. These are INDULGENCES people! OK?

Also, all the pictures featured in this blog post are not mine.

COOKIES – I will entertain any type of tasty Christmas cookies that look like this.

(Pioneer Woman leads with intensity)

I doh want this, I feel like I could eat this on a random Tuesday in the car somewhere between the grocery and home:

Where is the effort?

I’m not buying this either:

How do you say ‘Nope’ in Danish?

I’m tired of the gremlinz (and husband) racing to eat all the sugar topped ones and leaving the plain ones in the tin until some time in April. You would think by now the Danes would know to just do a tin with the sugary ones but if such a tin exists already (see what I did there?), let me know.

CHEESE BALLS

Top Shelf

This is as welcome today as it was in 1986. Never did there exist a perfect combination of crunch, flavour and memories. Meanwhile….

This is ghetto

Stop it….immediately…..oh geeed.

FRUIT – I love the classics but not when they choke me via the skin or the seed.

*choke
*choke

I will always have preference for gala apples and seedless grapes:

we are gentle
we are delicate, we do not spit

PRETZELS – I am the only one who is a fan in my house but during this time even my favourite needs a lil zessing:

From bland to BLADOWWW!

MARSHMALLOWS – None shall compare to all iterations under this brand:

Excellence.
STOP THIS.

There shall be no other options. Life is too short for generic marshmallows.

And finally,

CHOCOLATE

I’m stating emphatically that if it doesn’t fall into the family of any of these:

……AH DOH WANT IT!!!!!!!!

Is Christmas, have a heart!! Leave the others for the rest of the year!!! Everybody gets their chance to shine when it’s their turn, yuh understand!

That’s my list! I want to do one with Trini Christmas foods too, but I feel that one staying in drafts, that is a next level of bacchanal.

So tell me? Did I hit the nail on the head? Or am I off? Let me know what are your favourites! What snack indulgences are you tolerating this season?

Bless

TMIDM