“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

These lines stem from my favourite Christmas story ever – Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. And even though one of this challenge’s days was titled Shopping Craziness, Christmas indeed means much more than the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious presents we got for our families and friends. Christmas really is about giving love and affection and about sharing the good things in life.

Over the past two weeks your pictures have been part of my Christmas spirit. I’m stuck in the middle of exam time, and not only did the challenge give me a reason to escape the library every once in a while, it also reminded me of how beautiful this month is everywhere else in the world. You made my eyes sparkle with your little surprises and I hope you all keep going until we can start a new year together!

Day 1: Season of Love


laura_malina & gorgeousimpressions

Day 2: Make A Wish


aheartfullofhope & frenchieshark

Day 3: Curl Up With A Book


thehumant0rch & tetylux

Day 4: Red & Green


passportsnpamplemousse & katiecleod

Day5: Surprise


soletthemtalk & roadswelltraveled

Day 6: Sparkling Eyes


suzyshangrila & ninne

Day 7: Shopping Craziness


marl33n86 & wanderlustmarriage

Day 8: Hot & Steamy


jessicaseletti & soletthemtalk

Day 9: Bling Bling


abermu & tiffvanw

Day 10: Cookie Monster


natasjadb & jessicaseletti

Day 11: DIY Project


tieenn & ieat_irun

Day 12: Your Winterboots


kathiguacamole & bennettinbritain

Day 13: Traditions


krausesbruder & yumandmore

Day 14: Remember


sarahjekyll & sarahecroissant

Day 15: Wrap It Up


watchmesee & desperatelyseekingsara

This is a post by Kathi Kamleitner.

Kathi Kamleitner was a regular contributor at Travelettes from 2013 to 2019. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she packed her backpack to travel the world and lived in Denmark, Iceland and Berlin, before settling in Glasgow, Scotland. Kathi is always preparing her next trip – documenting her every step with her camera, pen and phone.

In 2016, Kathi founded Scotland travel blog WatchMeSee.com to share her love for her new home, hiking in the Scottish Highlands, island hopping and vegan food. Follow her adventures on Instagram @watchmesee!