December 6th the is the day when Hungarian Santa, Mikulas makes his rounds, traditionally, by a horse drawn sleigh. It seems that we are all behaved well this year because our Mikulas left chocolate in our shoes today morning!:) A little about our old tradition: "Mikulás is the "name day" on the Christian calendar for "Miklós" or Nicholas. In Hungary, Santa doesn't have anything to do with Christmas. He comes on December 6th, and his day is called "Mikulás Nap," or, (St.) Nicholas Day. On this day, Santa, or Mikulás makes his rounds among the shops, schools and parades, just like he does in other countries. Children get candy and chocolate in red wrappings. An older tradition had Mikulás leaving candy or other small goodies in children's shoes or boots, which the children have set out overnight, usually by a window. If they have been "good," they might get candies, tangerines, or chocolates, and sometimes small presents, toys, or books. (This custom may sound similar, but children in Hungary do not hang stockings by the chimney for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve.) Some children leave their candy on the window sill all day, to show how good they have been. Mikulás nap is celebrated in schools as well as workplaces, where the employees sometimes bring their children for a visit by "Mikulás" who talks to each individual child, and who may even sit in his lap." :)
I took several pictures around the city today....In Cedros Design District in Solana Beach and the second part was taken on the Coronado Island. At the Coronado Hotel (do you remember the movie "Someone likes it hot"? :)) there was an ice rink...People can ice-skate close to the beach, under the palm trees....:) Holiday in Californian style... It has its own charm!:) More pictures here.
Christmas is coming for sure!:) We always need a little creativity to get the mood here in Southern California. First of all because of the weather – it is everything but winter. Nothing what is Christmassy: no snow, no frost no sledding, ....no winter mood! And because we always travel home it is a little more hectic for us... I decorate the a house a little here and a little there – I am not complaining, I'm so happy to do that!:) So today I filled a glass vase with red, gold, clear ornaments....as a first piece of decoration!:) Have I mentioned that I like simple stuff?:)
If you want money in your pocket and a top hat on your head a hot meal on your table and a blanket on your bed well today is grey skies tomorrow is tears you'll have to wait till yesterday is here Well I'm going to New York City and I'm leaving on a train and if you want to stay behind and wait til I come back again well today is grey skies tomorrow is tears you'll have to wait til yesterday is here If you want to go where the rainbows end you'll have to say goodbye all our dreams come true baby up ahead and it's out where your memories lie well the road's out before me and the moon is shining bright what I want you to remember as I disappear tonight today is grey skies tomorrow's tears you'll have to wait til yesterday is here
Welcome December! Strange that you are here again!:) I always dream about a slow December without the craziness. No shopping, no rush, no crowded places, no push to create the PERFECT Christmas with the PERFECT gift and PERFECT meal - just to slow down a little and spend more time together. I wish for a simple Christmas - less decoration, more essence. Be with my family, parents, friends. Simply that. But until then there are few things to do:) I'm so excited about preparing for my first Craft Faire as a vendor! How is it going to be? Can I think of everything in advance? Will the buyers like my jewelry? Etc, etc....:)
These pictures are a brief preview - they are just out of the kiln - you are the first to see it:) They are modern, abstract - maybe it is not a good business strategy, but no shiny, cutie dichro glass from me... I can't help it - I just don't like them!
I'll make few more necklaces - and I think I'm ready!:) If you are in San Diego, please stop by:
A Few of My Favorite Things” Holiday Gift Faire 2009
10925 Morning Creek Drive South
San Diego, CA 92128
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Hope to see you there!:)
Hello december! Fura, hogy mar megint itt vagy!:) Mindig ugy tervezem, hogy kihagyom a decemberi oruletet a vasarlassal, rohanassal, tomeggel, azon igyekezve, hogy TOKELETES karacsonyt szervezzek, TOKELETES ajandekokkal, TOKELETES vacsoraval - egyszeruen csak jo lenne lelassulni egy kicsit, tobbet lenni egyutt azokkal, akikkel jo egyutt lenni: csalad, szulok, baratok. Kevesebb dekoracio, tobb tartalom. Ennyi. De eddig meg van par teendo!:) Izgatottan keszulok az elso kezmuves vasarra, ahol elado leszek...Milyen lesz, hogy lesz, fog e tetszeni a vasarloknak amit csinalok, nem fogok e valamit elfelejteni ("neha" elofordul nalam:)), szoval, csupa joleso izgalom!:) Ezek a lancok most keszultek el, Ti vagytok az elso szemtanuk!:) Meg tervezek nehanyat es azt hiszem keszen allok a vasarra!:) Ezek is modernek, absztraktok, opal es attetszo,atlatszo uvegekbol keszultek - kerdeztek tobben miert nem hasznalok u.n. dichroic uvegeket, amik nagyon nepszeruek...Lehet,nem jo uzleti strategia, de ugy nez ki nem tudok megbaratkozni veluk :) Tul csillogo, tul fenyeskedo es meg tul szines is :) - egyutt ez (nekem) ...tul sok.De ez csak teljesen egyeni velemeny es nem celja barkit megbantani!:)