Life & blog update: December 2020…was supposed to be a great month but it’s 2020 after all, so what did I expect?? Actually, things were pretty good until my birthday and then things just went downhill again. But let’s start from the beginning.
As usually, December 1 means that I get to open my Advent calendar. But this year I didn’t get a chocolate advent calendar but I got an L’Occitane Advent calendar as a birthday gift. It was full of small bottles of shower gel, shampoo, body lotion and all other goodies. I got a lot of great products but to be completely honest I missed chocolate. 🙂
We put up the Christmas Tree exceptionally early this year, even before St.Nicholas Day. All the Christmas markets were cancelled because of partial lockdown that was on from the end of November (e.g. restaurants and gyms closed but schools remained open until mid December when they switched to online school). However, at least there were beautiful Christmas lights and Christmas decorations in the city center and at Trsat Castle. Opatija was even more fabulously decorated than last year. And we saw Christmas decorations in Njivice as we did last year and in Crikvenica too at the end of the month. All things considering, not too bad.
Of course the kids were thrilled with their gifts from St. Nicholas (my son woke up three times during the night asking if St.Nicholas has come). Santa Claus brought them many, many great gifts too. It was fun to see them decorating and un-decorating the Christmas tree throughout the month. We had a fun, family Christmas photo shoot on my birthday (I’m now 37!). I didn’t get to have a birthday party that I’d wanted but that’s not that important really.
I’ve been very pleased with my blog in the past few months. After being inactive for most part of the year I finally went back to blogging more regularly. I posted a bunch of Christmassy posts in December. I liked sharing with you some of my travel Christmas ornaments too. I plan to continue that blog series next Christmas. Also, you can check this post. I got asked by Jenna from Classy Lifestyle blog to contribute with my advice on travel.
Published posts in December
What else? I baked a cheesecake for the first time. I’ve made three types of Christmas cookies too. We had several fun board game nights. We got to spend time with our families too. My daughter has started to walk full-time and we managed to put the shoes on her by the end of the month so she’s walking outside as well (funny how both of my kids have an issue with shoes). Fortunately, they’ve both been in good health and in good spirits. We saw an interesting Santa Clause show at the puppet theatre.
Now, onto the bad moments. One of my best friends contracted corona virus. Her symptoms were mild but she’s lost the sense of smell which is now slowly coming back to her. Our Christmas Eve was ruined because of neighbours (I won’t get into details here). A massive earthquake hit Central Croatia (6.3 Richter scale) just a few days before New Year’s Eve. A lot of people lost their homes and there were casualties.
I’m healthy. I have a roof over my head. I’ve got my family. I’m lucky. Things will get better in 2021. Will they???
Wishing you all the best in 2021!!!
Have a great January!