Happy Holidays


It’s that time of year again, when family is everything. Sure, that’s true all throughout the year, but we come together as a unit during the holidays more than ever to celebrate, exchange gifts, enjoy food, and to simply enjoy each other’s company.

That’s what I love most about Christmas, being with family. Watching the wonder in a child’s eyes as we pass down family traditions, tell stories, snuggle in front of the TV with large bowls of popcorn and watch Christmas movies.

Talk about Santa.

I grew up in Europe, so St. Nick brought me gifts on December 6th, not Santa — a very similar idea, just a different day. My son, growing up in the U.S. with parents from two different continents, gets both St. Nick and Santa, even if he doesn’t believe in either anymore. But he does believe in, or holds dear, the spirit of the holidays.

There are so many different celebrations this time of year. In my office (see view from my office window above), we have people celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, and the Diwali Festival — the Hindu Festival of Lights — that takes place at the end of October but many extend to the end of the year.

What makes blogging extremely satisfying is meeting so many wonderful bloggers from all over the world. Reading your stories.

So, to all my dear friends, I wish you happy holidays and all the joy and happiness your heart can hold for the New Year.

 Best Wishes. Merry Christmas.



25 responses to “Happy Holidays

  1. Beautiful piece! Have a wonderful, joyous season!

  2. What a beautiful picture. Plus, it is GREAT that you celebrate the various traditions. Since I have seven birthdays this time of year, it is hard for me to make it through December in one piece. I’m looking forward to saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Like you, I am so THANKFUL for my friends from all over the world. It is a JOY to have you in my life, and I THANK YOU for your friendship. Have a JOYOUS and very Merry Christmas!! Hugs, Gwynn

    • Gwynn, you too! It really is wonderful meeting so many people in the blogging world, and I am thankful to having met you. December sounds hectic for you, so take care, and see around here soon.

  3. I do like meeting people from other places and learning about their traditions and celebrations.

  4. Lovely post Silvia thank you! It is a special time of year, for those who can be with family and/or friends celebrating Christmas and the forthcoming year!
    Happy Christmas to you and family x :) x :)

  5. Hi Silvia – two sets of traditions … a great way for your son to understand other cultures – lucky lad with two Christmases: but appreciation grows. I love finding mutual friends around the blogosphere and learning so much, about different things … Have a very happy Christmas and New Year with successful writing in 2016 … cheers Hilary

  6. Lovely photo and interesting post. Have a great time at Christmas, Sylvia. Sue

  7. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Silvia. All the best for 2016.

  8. Merry, Joyful, Healthy Christmas, Silvia. This has been a landmark year for you and I look forward to sharing 2016 with you 💖🍷

  9. Merry Christmas and Happy 2016, Silvia!!

  10. The same wishes for you, Sylvia. When we lived in Prague we were visited by St. Nick – plus two angels, It was great fun! Hopefully your New Year will bring lots of book sales.

  11. Happy Holidays, Silvia!! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  12. December 6th? Really? I had never heard of that. Why December 6th?

    • It’s the day St. Nick is marked in the Eastern Orthodox calendar. Why? He is supposed to have died on December 6 which is why his feast is celebrated on that date. He is the patron saint of little children and school children.
      The Duch called him Sinter Klaas (Saint Nicholas), and that’s where the name Santa Claus came from. Thanks for visiting, Liz.

  13. Happy Holidays to you! And, you have a lovely view from your office window. Yes, during the holidays we take time to be with our friends and family, send them gifts or cards, call. We make an effort, and it deepens our relationships.

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