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Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas & Gifts & Holiday Memories

Posted Dec 25 2010 12:00am

Happy Holidays & Thank You for visiting my Self Help Blog!

I’m thrilled to have you be part of my growing community of self-empowered kindred spirits.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day today, surrounded by your loved ones, and getting the exact gifts you were hoping for.

And here are a few more:

If you haven’t gotten my edible christmas gifts ebook, just click on the graphic right below:

It may be a bit late for this year, but a lot of these recipes work year-round, so you may be able to use them for birthday presents, and maybe even presents to yourself.

I’d also like to point you to a whole bunch of gifts, most of them for marketers, but some of them also for people who have no interest in marketing whatsoever:

And if you like hot chocolate with spices, click on the link to the right, way down there where it says “Categories.” If I remember correctly, there’s one for chocolate recipes.

There’s a link for hot chocolate with curry, and another one for hot chocolate with Chinese 5 spice.

I love both of them.

Of course, you can also create hot chocolate with chipotle and, well, pumpkin spice mix.

OR… you just add whatever you like.

And, by the way, I just use the regular instant hot chocolate mixes. Personally, I prefer the sugar free kind, but you can use the regular kind, or even the one with the marshmallows ;-)

And if you want to spike your hot chocolate, I recommend Rum ;-)

Speaking of rum and things… and wine…

I could not believe my eyes when I spied a bottle of Piesporter Michelsberg (2009 Riesling, Kabinett) at my local health food store.

Why am I so excited?

That’s what we often had at home in Germany when I grew up. Piesport is only about 10 miles or so (or less) from where I used to live when I grew up, and we would often drive over and look out over the Moselle valley, with a view very much like that on the label of that bottle of wine I just bought.

Here’s a photo I just found online, which features that part of the Moselle, though it’s not quite the same image as that on the bottle…

A couple of Octobers, I even went there for a week during fall vacation to pick grapes! Okay, not in Piesport, but in a small town a bit further down the Moselle called Kesten, which looked very similar.

And of course, I bought that lone yet familiar bottle of Riesling, and have it sitting right here on my table (almost with tears in my eyes, thinking back on the last time my (late) father and I went for a walk at that lookout. And the many times our whole family had enjoyed that same view. Sniff.

So I plan to keep the bottle around for a long time, and feel very grateful for having found it, and for having had that last outing with my Dad (and many others before then).

Christmas often does get me nostalgic, but it’s a bit weird to have it triggered by a bottle of wine (which will probably remain unopened for a while).

Meanwhile, I hope you’re making (or thinking back to) some wonderful memories of your own.

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and a fabulous 2011!


P.S.: If you want to make some family memories, you can still go to my somewhat neglected Christmas Present Ideas blog and check it out over there:

P.P.S.: Coming up a series of blog posts about Aromatherapy…

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