Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas

Before the German Christmas gets into full swing, here is the winner of yesterday’s calendar –

Andrea Königsmann

Congrats, Andrea. I still have your address 🙂! I really, really hope that the calendar will get to you really quickly after Christmas. The new year is only 8 days away… Thank you to everyone for taking part – but wait, there is one more thing!

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The last day of the 12 days of Christmas is here. That means one last raffle…

After dropping hints yesterday, some of you have already been guessing what I might have in store for you… Well, I’m afraid, I am keeping the suspense going…

Day 12 contains the big question mark – or the big surprise box of RAvotionalia… Maybe you can guess, maybe you are happy to be surprised, but that is exactly what will happen – whoever wins this raffle, will get a surprise sent. The contents may be familiar to you, you may have seen some of the things before… But that’s all I am saying.

And as a lovely extra surprise, our fellow fan Eugeal – the winner of a raffle herself – has been in touch with me and offered another mystery prize to another lucky person today. I have no idea what she is planning, so even if I wanted to, I couldn’t tell you more than this… In any case, her contribution means that we have two mystery prizes in the raffle today, so two chances for two winners to get lucky!

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In a slight deviation from the usual proceedings I am leaving the raffle open for 48 hours, taking into account that many European readers will be offline today, and anglophone readers are probably offline tomorrow. For everyone to leave their comment as a raffle entry, I will draw the winners on 26/12. Otherwise the same rules apply:  To win one of the two prizes, leave a comment on this post. The raffle is open for the next 48 hours and finishes at 3pm GMT, December 26, 2017. The raffle is open to all, and the items will be sent anywhere in the world, at no P&P costs for you. Winner to be announced on 26 December.

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And now it is time for Christmas. My Christmas tree is in place. We brought it up from the garden this morning, and hubster has chosen the Christmas tree of my dreams. It is tall, not too wide, and nicely full. This year, the theme is white and silver, because I wanted to give my grandmother’s Christmas baubles pride of place. This year, they are 99 years old… (family lore has it that they were bought when she was born – which was in 1918…). There are handmade things on the tree, too, as well as cheap plastic baubles, or precious glass baubles from a friend. A mixture. I can’t wait until this evening when we light the candles…

No presents under the tree yet… But all in festive mood and happy to be together.

I wish the same to all of you out there – have a wonderful Christmas, eat well, sleep well, give and receive, and most of all – enjoy the presence of your dearest family and friends. ❤️

Lots of seasonal love,

Guylty

84 thoughts on “Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas

  1. Congratulations Miss Andrea. Guylty, your tree is beautiful. The history of the ornaments on your tree makes them treasures. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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  2. Congrats, Andrea! 😀 No doubt you will enjoy your prize.

    As for last one, is it Richard on a pony and he is owner of a castle somewhere in Ireland or Scotland? XD Would love to have that!

    Your tree is nicely decorated and fits the room ❤

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  3. Congratulations Andrea.
    Thank you Guylty for the fun and thoughtful raffle. Thank you too Eugeal for your mystery prize.
    Wishing everyone a merry and peaceful Christmas

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    • I have to admit I am very precious with the old baubles. But I just think it is better to dare and have them on the tree, than never see them because they are kept safe in a box.
      Hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family!

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  4. Der Baum auf der Arbeit ist mit silbernem Kram geschmückt … Zu wenig Kram, zu viel Baum. Deiner gefällt mir besser. 😉 Und dann noch, wenn ich das richtig sehe, echte Kerzen … schööön!

    Weniger schön finde ich einen Überraschungsgewinn, muss ich leider sagen.
    Ich bin hin und her gerissen, ob ich hier nicht besser “no comment” schreiben soll. Ich weiß einfach, dass ich gar nicht alles haben möchte, nur weil ein Richard-Bildchen drin/drauf/dabei ist, und es täte mir leid, wenn ich etwas einsacke, das mir wenig, jemand anderem aber vielleicht sehr viel Freude machen würde.

    *seufz*

    NO comment.

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    • Nö, streich das “no”.

      Commehent!

      … und im Gewinnfall beschere ich verspätet dededotti. 🙂

      DANKE auf jeden Fall für die Großzügigkeit, mit der du Zeit und auch Geld aufgebracht hast, um uns ein bisschen Spaß zu bescheren. 🙂

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    • Klar, bei mir kommen nur echte Kerzen an den Baum. Elektrik mag ich nicht so gerne am Baum. (Lichterketten kommen bei mir nur an die Kamingirlande – die ist dafür auch total unecht…)
      Und hehe, das hast du mal wieder erfrischend direkt gesagt – klar sind da überall Richard-Bildchen drauf.

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    • Have you taken a picture? I would love to see your tree, too, especially if it contains heirloom baubles!
      Hope you had a great Christmas. What did Carlo make of the Christmas tree?

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  5. Froeliche Weinachten! I love your tree and especially the thought put into it, what a tribute. Thank you for all you do to keep us merry! May you and your family enjoy a blessed Christmas and a very happy 2018.

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    • Vielen Dank! It’s nice to use the old heirlooms and remember the people who are connected with it.
      I have had lots of fun with my little raffle project, it has kept *myself* merry, too.
      Hope you had a lovely Christmas, too!

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    • You have eagle eyes. Indeed it is a very special quilt from someone we know. And the quilt is in my sitting room all through the year because it is extra beautiful and special.

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  6. Congrats to Miss Andrea!
    I love surprising boxes, thank you and Eugeal for such nice ideas.
    Have a nice time now with your family and be careful with your real candles. Do you have a bucket of water near by? Long time ago our cat has jumped in the tree and it was a disaster.
    Merry Christmas to everyone and enjoy your holiday!

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    • I like surprises, too. It doesn’t even matter so much to me what is in it – the process of receiving and unwrapping it, is already great.
      As for the tree and the bucket – so far we have only lit the candles on Christmas Eve (both today and yesterday we were not at home in the evening). And we didn’t even put a bucket nearby. But you are right, we should… In all my years we have always been fortunate that we never had an incident with the candles.
      Hope you had a lovely Christmas, too!

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  7. What a beautiful tree! I only have a small one for decoration this year as we will be at my sister’s for Christmas, but our front garden has fairy lights 😁 Thank you for your generous raffling, and congratulations to the winners. To you S. and everyone here, Merry Christmas! (not an entry)

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    • A small tree is just as beautiful. In fact, *every* decorated tree is beautiful, no matter how big or small. I remember a couple of Christmasses when our trees were unbelievably “bad” – crooked, losing needles even before we put them up. But once they were decorated, they were the most beautiful trees in the world 😉
      Hope you had a lovely time with your sister!

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  8. Der “Heilig-Abend-Trubel” verklingt so langsam und ich nutze die Atempause, um dir und deinen Lieben fröhliche und gesegnete Weihnachtstage zu wünschen. Hoffentlich war das Christkind nett zu dir 😉
    P.S.: Viel Glück mit deiner Mutter.
    P.P.S.: Das ist kein Kommentar 🙂 (Überraschungen kann ich zur Zeit nicht immer gut verkraften.)

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    • Danke dir für deine netten Weihnachtswünsche. Ich hoffe, ihr habt einen schönen Heiligabend verbracht. Und es tut mir leid zu hören, dass es bei dir offenbar unschöne Überraschungen gegeben hat. Deshalb wünsche ich dir, dass 2018 dir nur gute Überraschungen bringen möge. x

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    • Those silver glass baubles were on my first ever Christmas tree, too, even though I had two small children at the time… Everything is doable 😉
      Hope you had a lovely Christmas, too!

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    • Thank you Ania! (BTW, we had Polish fried sausage for our Christmas Eve dinner – a tradition in my house because my father and grandparents came from Silesia, in Southwestern Poland :-))

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  9. Beautiful tree. I have some old fragile family ornaments as well. But this year everything on the tree is unbreakable because of the phantom crawler who tries to touch everything, then insert whatever he grabs into his mouth. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  10. Not a comment!

    Like everyone else I love your tree and the rest of the decor. So interesting and original.

    Thanks for all the hard work with the raffles and congratulations to all the winners. A lot of delight has been spread all round.

    Wishing you and everyone else a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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    • Thank you, Jenny – and also many thanks for your thoughtful Christmas card. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, too! And thank you for your support – a lot of delight has been spread, indeed.

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  11. Congrats Andrea! What a treasure to have your grandmother’s ornaments. It’s amazing they are nearly a century old! That tree is really quite exceptional. It’s my most favorite variety.
    Merry Christmas to all and many thanks to you for all the joy you spread throughout the year.

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    • I am very glad my mother let go of her mother’s baubles. They are my pride and joy, even though I have not had them on my tree every year. This year they set the theme.
      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Did you celebrate with your daughter?

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    • Thank you Sue – we had a lovely small Christmas Eve just with my mother, then Irish Christmas with my father and mother in law, and my husband’s brother and family on Christmas Day, and then today the whole family on a big walk with picnic. Perfect. Hope you had lots of family time, too!

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  12. [not an entry] Merry Christmas, dear Guylty! I am amazed by your tenacity in spreading the love, in being kind and generous. I was overwhelmed and absorbed by my real life duties lately and found only very little time for myself, but I’ve seen the wonderful gifts you offered again this year and I am happy for the winners. The RA ornament I have from you is in my tree one more time and I’m thinking of you dearly. Blessed holidays for you and yours!

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    • Thank you for this lovely comment. I have been missing you, Glady, and assumed you were busy. I hope you had a few family days with time to relax, too. Let’s hope that 2018 will give us time to do all the things we enjoy doing.

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