Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15th - Happy Zamenhof Day!!

Good Morning!

Or 'Bonan Matenon!' as today we celebrate the invention of the Esperanto language created by L L Zamenhof in 1887. This well documented but rarely used language was intended to be an international method of communication throughout the world. Zamenhof's goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.. Unfortunately it never really took off and no country has ever adopted it as its official language. However there are over 25,000 Esperanto books (originals and translations) and every year, upto 3000 Esperanto speakers meet for the World Congress of Esperanto.

I must confess readers, I did question the appropriateness of this occaision for what is essentially a Christmas themed series of posts...

However if we consider Zamenhof's original goal of peace and understanding throughout the world I don't think I could think of anything more appropriate, could you?

So I would like to take this opportunity say, 'Gojan Kristnaskon' - Merry Christmas to you all!


Oh oh oh!! she's sooo cute don't you think standing up on tippy-toe to reach the christmas door? I would love to have a wreath like that hanging on my door but it's never been a tradition of ours to put out a wreath, I think I will have to look into it for next year, I feel a crafty project coming on, lol!!

But thinking of family traditions at christmas, it got me pondering about the goodies families leave for Santa on Christmas eve... Now I grew up firmly believing that Santa enjoyed a sherry & a mince pie after his trip down the chimney at each house so each year we set out a glass of Mom's favourite & a homemade pie... it only occurred to me in much later years that this might not be true of every home, afterall, some Moms don't even like sherry & may not have it in stock...!!

So my question for you today readers is, what did/do you leave for Santa on Christmas eve?

Wishing you lots of luck for today's draw

{{{Hugs}}}

Nikki xxx

36 comments:

  1. This is not a custom in Slovenia. It is a custom to leave an empty plate for Saint Niklas (December 5th) so he can fill it up with tangerines and nuts, though.

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  2. Thankyou for sharing this cute card, love the DP and colouring!

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  3. We used to leave mince pies and milk for santa! and carrots for the reindeer!

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  4. Speak Esperanto? I do! I've been using Esperanto now for many years, and I recommend it to readers of your blog.

    No one knows how many Esperanto speakers there are in the world. A couple of million, I suppose. There are certainly certainly enough to make it worth learning for international travel and international contacts of all sorts.

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  5. We leave a mincepie and milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph and we sprinkle "reindeer dust" outside (oats and glitter) to light the way for the reindeer. Thank you for the chance to win. I love your card, what a gorgeous Christmassy image! hugs, Jane xx

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  6. Hi,
    normally here in Germany Santa is coming in the evening of Dec. 24; but since the boys were little I used to have him coming at night. So the kids could play all day long onthe 25th not bothering to have to go to bed. Now the boys are older and know about the difference but want to keep it our way :)
    We put milk and cookies. But the other day they were complaining... I think you cheated and ate the cookies, Mom. ;o)
    XX Kathi

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  7. 'Gojan Kristnaskon' to you too :)

    We leave port, a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer

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  8. We leave a mince pie and a lager and don't forget the carrots. Oh I get the mince pie while the Hubby gets the lager. Now I here you say who gets the carrot, well were lucky we have a Rabbit and a Guinea pig Lol!
    Love your card and the image is so adorable.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x
    p.s. i'm really enjoying checking each day to see who wins, I love your advent giveaways, great idea and lots of fun on the way.

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  9. It is so fun reading these comments! We leave milk and cookies and sprinkle the yard with reindoor food- oats mixed w/glitter.

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  10. a glass of sherry and a bit of homemade shortbread - Santa loves it because there is never any left next day!!

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  11. Beautiful card and a wonderful image, just love all of it. Thanks for sharing your creation and the wonderful story not one I have heard before.
    When my children were young we mainly left milk and mince pies plus either some oats or carrots for the reindeers although I we changed the ingredients a few times when the children would come home and say such and such said we should leave..... lol
    Kim xXx

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  12. i always put out.. a couple of cookies on a plate and a glass of milk.. i also leave out a carotte for the reindeer's :))
    the card is lovely.. and love that image, hugs

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  13. Gorgeous card! Love the image and your beautiful coloring! We always leave Santa the traditional milk and cookies and some carrots for his reindeer friends. It always makes the kids happy! :)

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  14. Our Santa always got a can of beer - must admit it made the kids suspicious as they got older though.

    Ann xxx

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  15. I love you little card the image is adorable and your design perfect. It is so fun to read what all the traditions are ! We always left cookies and milk

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  16. Gorgoeus card - such a sweet image!
    We always used to leave Santa a measure of Whiskey and a mince pie...not forgetting a carrot for Rudolph! ;0)
    Helen x

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  17. We always set out a big bowl of porridge for Santa at the 23rd of December, so he will turn up with lots of presents on Christmas Eve :)

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  18. Very cute card Nikki!! We taditional set out decorated christmas cookies and milk for santa :D
    Blessings of Thanks
    Mary Lou

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  19. We leave a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa. And they were gone in the morning! Your card is adorable and I love the cute stamp. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. We leave Santa cookies and milk, and we have to leave Rudolph a carrot.
    Hugs
    Tanya

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  21. Maybe milk and cookies??...but really most years I don't remember leaving anything. Hmm, I will have to ask my parents now.

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  22. What a beautiful card. I love the coloring.. We always leave milk and cookies and of course a carrot for the reindeer to share...Thanks for sharing with us today.

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  23. we leave homemade cookies and a glass of milk for Santa on Christmas eve... a great tradition the kiddies look forward to every year!

    Beautiful card!! love the pretty papers and yes that image is so CUTE! great colors too! =D hugs, Kris

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  24. Adorable stamp, great card. Milk and cookies have been the tradition in our home and sometimes a few chocolates.

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  25. Oh sweetie!! I love your thought behind your post today and that is what is beautiful about this Season!!..everyone coming together!! ;) Your creation is so adorable!! Beautiful details and coloring!

    We always leave cookies and milk for Santa...but now that kids are older...we just all share the cookies and milk!! LOL!!

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  26. We are so boring- we leave out milk and cookies, and a carrot for the reindeer!

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  27. Milk and cookies when I was a kid. We haven't started that tradition yet here but this just might be the year!! :)

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  28. Beautiful card. Such lovely colours. We always left a sherry and some shortbread.
    Marion

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  29. I love your card, just so pretty. As children we left a sheery and a mince pie, now I have children we go out and sprinkle reindeer food in the garden( oats, glitter and a Christmas kiss all mixed up) and leave a can or bottle of beer( which I ALWAYS drape a small peice of tree floss too the top when empty and tell the girls its part of santas beard) and also either mince pie or cookie and a couple of chocolates or handmade sweets if we have had chance to make some.Having said that this year my youngest daughter wants to leave a doughnut!
    Merry Christmas.xx

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  30. We leave mince pies a glass milk and carrot for rudolph and then we put snow down aand add foot prints in it from the door as havent got chimmney .Hubby got this last year and again has brought some this year!they love it!it's fab to see the excitment on there faces too.
    hugs judex

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  31. Ofcourse we leave milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeers. =)

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  32. Beautiful image! Really cute card! We place a bole of porridge outside or in the barn for santa the 23.12. evening.. Merry Christmas!

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  33. We always left a glass of milk and a plate of sugar cookies that my siblings and I decorated just special for Santa.

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  34. OMG!! Love the card.

    My daughter is only two so this is going to be our first year leaving something for santa but I think we're just going to do the cookies and milk. I also like the idea of oats/carrots for the reindeer--they need to eat too :)

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  35. big, juicy red apples for the reindeer (jet fuel!), a red bull and a peanut butter and jam sammie for Santa! he needs to keep his protein and energy levels high for all that work! :D

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  36. Hi there

    Fab card. We leave Father Christmas a shot of brandy with a mince pie and a carrot for his reindeer!

    Hugs Ali x

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