Celluloid Diaries: Life lately - Christmas, puzzles, and gingerbread lattes

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Life lately - Christmas, puzzles, and gingerbread lattes

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
Christmas Brussels
Tapas Locas
Zaventem Brico
Christmas Brico
Christmas baking
Advent tea
Christmas latte
Christmas puzzle with cats
If you've been a reader of my blog for any amount of time, you might have caught on that I love Christmas. It's all about creating magic in real life and having some down time with my family. So the past few weeks have been mostly about that really. Even work has been revolving around Christmas as I've been spending quite a lot of time writing from coffee shops with a gingerbread latte or a hot spiced orange juice at hand and Christmas music in the background. I've been really soaking it in.

From left to right, top to bottom: 1/ Working on my book about Avalon at Starbucks with a gingerbread latte on the side. 2/ to 5/ Christmas market in Brussels. 6/ Dinner date at Tapas Locas in Brussels. 7/ Visiting my grandmother in Zaventem. 8/ to 10/ Shopping for Christmas decorations with my sister. 11/ Making Christmas chocolate mousse with my grandmother. 12/ Going to bed early with the books A Dog Named Leaf and Chi's Sweet Home. 13/ to 16/ Christmas drinks I've been enjoying. 17/ Christmas decoration. 18/ Making a Christmas puzzle with cats. 19/ Tigris. 20/ A few books I inherited from my mom's boyfriend who passed away this summer.

What Christmassy things have you been doing lately?


  1. Adore that christmas lights polar bear :)
    Merry Christmas, dear, hope you are having a nice one with the family!

  2. Lovely photos! Sounds like you've been having a fun holiday season so far. Right now I'm waiting for My Rare One to wake up so we can open gifts. I may have to send HRH in to "purrsuade" her to get out of bed.

  3. Reading, writing and gingerbread lattes - sounds like a perfect Christmas to me! Have a wonderful holiday, Vanessa! :o)

  4. Merry Christmas! Love the fabulous pictures, and ideas!

  5. Quite the displays, merry christmas

  6. Lovely pictures. I like working in a coffee shop on my writing. Merry Christmas.

  7. Merry Christmas! Great pictures. We had such a nice Christmas with all our family. I needed a bigger house to hold everyone but we had fun.

  8. These images are gorgeous, Vanessa! It's been a bit all work and no play for me this December, so Christmas sort of caught me by surprise, in a way, but as I wander around Blogland, I'm seeing so many lovely Yuletide posts! A very merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! ❤

  9. Hi Vanessa .. yes as Alex says - great photos .. makes me nostalgic .. so pleased you've had a happy time ..

    However I am sorry to hear of your mother's friend leaving you ... I certainly hope your mother is at peace ... with thoughts - Hilary

  10. This is always a post I look forward too. You always have the most expressive pictures. And, by the way, I got so excited by all the color in these pictures that I made a squee sounds. Thanks for sharing your vision on life with us!

  11. Beautiful photos! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  12. I'm sorry that your mom's boyfriend passed away. These are such lovely photos! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and all the best in the New Year!


  13. Sorry about your mother's boyfriend.

    I basically spent Christmas with my family, helped with cooking... that sort of thing. :-)

  14. Just amazing , beautiful and festive atmosphere

  15. Love all the fun Christmas things you can do around this time of year. I went to my zoo to see all the lights, I saw the Grinch musical, I saw a Christmas-themed play that was hilarious, and held a Nightmare Before Christmas themed party with a friend of mine.


  16. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Vanessa!