Saturday 1 December 2018

Happy December!

Happy December to all my friends and readers

New Calendar picture with this
beautiful watercolour painting by Frank Koebsch

"Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann"
"Tomorrow comes Father Christmas"

Most people really love December. If you're religious, it's the time of Advent, but for almost everyone, it's the time of looking forward to Christmas and then finally, Christmas itself.

As in this picture by Frank Koebsch, the title of a German Christmas song (with the same tune as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star") where children are looking forward to all the nice things that are going to happen tomorrow - on Christmas Eve, because that's when we celebrate Christmas in Germany. 

And that makes me think of another German song that relates to this month, and it's about a calendar. "Kalender, Kalender, Du bist ja schon so dünn, jetzt ist es bis Weihnachten nicht mehr lange hin" (Calendar, Calendar, you are so thin already, now it's not much longer until Christmas). It stems from a time when we all had daily calendars in the house and would tear off one page every day so it would show exactly what day we are on. 

Of course, this was a long time before anyone even dreamed about mobile phones and the internet. Anyway, it makes you think and reminisce about the past year and what it meant to you and gather your thoughts about the coming year and what you hope for it. 

The birthstone for this month is the turquoise which also represents my favourite colour because it combines green and blue which I both love and prefer over any other colours. It's a porous mineral that that has been used to produce gemstones and small sculptures for over 6000 years, mainly in Persia and Native America but was also known in Ancient Egypt and the Aztecs.

The word comes from the French "turquois "for Turkish because that's where it entered Europe like so many other things like the tulip.

It was often thought to change its colour depending on the health of the wearer and also considered a protector against dark forces. It was regarded as a holy or good luck stone. 

Enjoy this month with this beautiful watercolour painting by Frank Koebsch.

You can find many more wonderful pictures on their website here.


  1. Lovely post Marianne, love the calendar picture. I like turquoise stones, though I few piece of jewelry that have it. I'm busy trying to get ready for Christmas. Our daughter flies in from Japan on the 17th.

    1. How lovely, Janet. Our son will come on the 18th from Sweden, then will go up North with my car and pick up our other son in Amsterdam. Looking forward to it.

      Oh, and I have very little jewelry myself. The same with clothes. Rather spend my money on books. ;)

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Happy December to you Marianne. This is an especially lovely post. I enjoyed all the facts about turquoise.

    1. Thanks, Judy. I am glad you liked those facts. I love gathering them. And turquoise is combining my two favourite colours, blue and green, and therefore my favourite, as well.

      Have a happy Christmas.