Christmas in Europe is pretty magical. I guess when you combine a ton of beautiful lights with a cold Swiss winter; the result is a wonderful Christmas feeling that I have never experienced. On top of the pretty lights, there is glühwein to be drunk (a warm mulled wine), a nightly singing Christmas tree, chestnuts roasting on an open fire (who knew that actually happened?), Saint Nicholas roaming the streets passing out fruits and candies, and Christmas markets that sell anything from ornaments to artisanal soap.
Today we have a guest post from a fellow SF native & Etsy shop owner, Shayan. She is going to teach us how to make a cute and wallet-friendly gift for your girlfriends! I have to say that as soon as I saw these, I made my shopping list for the craft store. I hope you do the same!
In our apartment, we have all these great window sills that seemed to be asking for a hanging holiday garland. I got my supplies and set out to make a tissue paper garland that looked easy and affordable…just what I wanted for my holiday decor. Turns out I forgot to take into consideration that there is a heater right below every single window sill, which my risk averse husband would not allow a paper garland to be hanging on. I tried out a couple spots for it, and it has finally landed on our TV stand.
I think you already know this by now, but I l-o-v-e tea. I probably drink anywhere from 3-7 cups of tea a day. When I have met fellow sole tea drinkers, they seem to love tea just as much as I do. So if you have any tea drinkers on your holiday shopping list, there are some pretty fun things to buy them this season or anytime for that matter.
My favorite gifts to give are ones that I make myself. One year, I had a great idea to make all my girlfriends personalized pajama pants. After the first pair took me roughly ten hours to make, my mom jumped in and helped me finish the other four. Since then, I have opted for simpler handmade gifts, such as spiced nuts or coffee coasters.
I know I just talked about eating healthy, but basically I eat healthy most of the time so I can indulge in chocolate, and most recently; Swiss chocolate. Lately, I’ve had a lot of visitors, so I had to let them experience my favorite part about this city- the chocolate, of course. Let me give you a little taste of what this country has to offer.
I just finished my first of eleven modules on the road to becoming a yoga teacher. It was probably the most physically challenging activity I have done since high school sports tryouts. By day three of five days, every muscle in my body was sore and not happy with me. I came home each night from the 9-hour day and all I could manage to do was lie in the bathtub, transfer to the couch, then to bed. But by day four and five I was surprisingly re-energized and ready to keep working. I have some training to do in order to get in the necessary yoga shape, but I left the first module feeling excited for what is to come.