Christmas is ante portas and I'm enjoying every minute of Advent.
Vienna is beautifully decorated and when the evening falls, the city's festive illumination creates sheer magic.
After a little family council we decided to limit presents this year to a small, symbolic amount for everybody.
Each one can choose freely if he or she wants to use this allowance for a charity donation or a small personal gift.
No pressure to consume, everything is about imagination and creativity to pick the right present or charity organization.
And surprisingly enough, everybody was fascinated by the idea.
It was incredible how awesome people reacted when we told them about the concept. What about you?
Would you be shocked, disappointed or thrilled?
We will spend Christmas at the country side, hopefully with tons of snow, family coming over from different parts of the world and , of course, singing Christmas carols.
As their is no future Luciano Pavarotti in the family, enthusiasm will have to make up for the lack of angel-like voices :)
Delicious hot drinks are part of every Holiday celebration and our is no exception.
So why not brighten up the spirit with a not so common, delicately flavored punch?
With just a few ingredients you can achieve the wonderful, sweet scented flavor of this crowd pleasing, festive punch.
If you want to create an even richer treat, top each glass with a bit of whipped cream.
I know, I know it's sinful for the calories, but sooo good :)
Don't you think this is a time of the year where we should relax a bit about dieting?
I'm not talking about devouring - just relaxing and enjoying the seasons culinary pleasures.
Snow house and Christmas tree hand made of chocolate and marzipan at display at a pastry shop show window
A variety of traditional Austrian Christmas cookies we prepare every year at our home
Cheesy appetizers served for the drinks
For the Apricot - Ginger Punch
1/2 bottle white wine
1/4 l of sweetened apricot juice
2 Cinamon sticks
1 spoonful of cloves
1 thin slice of freshly peeled ginger
75 ml of apricot liqueur
1/2 spoonful of whipped cream (optional)
Bring the white wine and the Apricot juice to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the ginger slice during the last 5 minutes.Then dispose.
Add the Apricot liqueur and fill the mixture in punch glasses.
Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.
Serves about 4 glasses.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of joy to all and each one of you, dear friends!