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Season's Greetings

It's A Wrap

Some say it is the season to be jolly. Some may even go as far as to say 'la lala lalaa lala la la'. I beg to differ. Because Christmas and New Year's eve mean presents. And although I like both giving and receiving gifts, I hate wrapping presents.

First of all, I suck in epic ways in the art of gift wrapping. Especially if the present doesn't come in a neat rectangular box. Secondly, gift wrapping brings back painful memories of school, when at the beginning of each school year we had to wrap our books in paper covers.

Of course, a present wouldn't be a present if it's not nicely wrapped. There would be no anticipation when you see all those presents under the tree and you don't know what's in them.

But I still hate wrapping.

Christmas Card

What The Duck by Aaron Johnson

What The Duck by Aaron Johnson

Jolly Jolly

Santa's gonna bring me a really nice present!

I just can't wait. So excited!

No More Work

No more work, well at least not this year. Thirteen whole days of peace and tranquillity. By that I mean of course that I won't have to do the daily commute to Brussels. Because there will be other work. There are ceilings to be installed in the bathroom and the room adjacent to it. And then there's the Christmas shopping, I still have to buy most of my gifts. Of course we also have to visit my parents and Mrs.B's mother and her godmother and then there's the New Year's party for which some friends of ours invited us.

All in all, I'll barely have time for myself.

Bruges

We went to my in-laws this weekend, for various visits, birthday parties and dinner parties. This reminded me that I still had a bunch of pictures on my hard disk from a couple of months ago. I took my camera with me then, to make a couple of pictures in bad light conditions and grey weather. Excellent for a black-and-white portrait of this ancient city.

The 'Smedenpoort' (Smiths' gate)The 'Smedenpoort' (Smiths' gate)

Misty view on the cathedralMisty view on the cathedral

One of the smaller canals. Bruges has almost as many canals as ordinary streets.

The crucifixion of Christ in the old hospital of Sint-Jan (Saint John)The crucifixion of Christ in the old hospital of Sint-Jan (Saint John)

British tourists: loud but mostly harmlessBritish tourists: loud but mostly harmless

Tourist trap, commin' through!Tourist trap, commin' through!

High-speed Christmas decoration!High-speed Christmas decoration!

Bruges is one of those cities that installs a skating rink every year on the square in front of the famous Belfort.

Bruges is world famous for its lace. Given the amount of lace that the tourists buy here every year, you'd expect that every person living in Bruges does nothing but weaving lace all day long from the moment they are potty-trained until they are put to the grave, 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

The Belfort towerThe Belfort tower

The skating rink at nightfall, photo taken in the main gate of the Belfort.

Christmas market by night

Christmas market by night

Wish List

My sister gave us her and her husband's wish-list for Christmas and New Year. It’s October. It’s still 20°C outside, the geese refuse to fly to the south and the flowerbeds are still in bloom. But I guess I shouldn’t complain, at least it was her wish-list for this year’s Christmas and not for 2007 or 2008.

I hate making wish-lists. I never can think of anything I want, until the day after New Year. Then I find out I need a lamp or a kitchen robot or an office chair or a herbs-and-spices-rack. And by the time I have to write a new one, I’ve forgotten all of those things.

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