Christmas Markets in Ljubljana

    Every year on 3rd December everyone celebrates the birth of the most famous Slovenian poet, France Prešeren (1800 – 1848). In Ljubljana, there was also the yearly official event of turning on the Christmas street lights that day.

    Turning on the lights opens up the Happy December, which is what we call the month of celebrating the year coming to an end. It’s a month full of meeting friends and family, having a glass of mulled wine and some typical dessert. There are so many things to celebrate!

    Christmas stalls full of home-made crafts and local products, When it comes to food there are sausages, pancakes, sweets, mulled wine, honey products, and various liquors available.

    One certainly becomes fully immersed in the spirit of the happy December. Visiting Ljubljana in December time is a special and lovely experience. Just don’t forget to bring your gloves, hats, and scarves, as the famous hot mulled wine will keep you warm at night-time only. 🙂

    New Year in Ljubljana
    Photo: D. Wedam, Source: www.slovenia.info

    It’s snowing and I am enjoying my warm cup of tea. I will share a short story of what I encountered while walking the streets of Ljubljana.

    One day I was walking home and something amazing happened.

    On a long and wide street, I noticed a father and a daughter in the distance, slowly coming towards me. I normally don’t pay so much attention to the outer world, as I am often thinking of different sorts of things and getting wacky ideas in my head or coming up with ridiculous stories. But this time they somehow got my attention. The daughter seemed to be around 4 years old and the father was around 30. They were holding hands, looking happy. And exactly at the moment when I passed them by, the daughter looked up to her father and said: I love you, Dad.

    Sincerely, honestly, and directly. Typical for a 4-year-old. Children’s frankness is so refreshing, it really is. That moment was truly beautiful.

    A smile appeared on the father’s face, his sparkling eyes smiled too, and probably a rush of happy hormones struck him in surprise. He answered immediately: I love you too. And they strolled on.

    I know it’s a cliché, but to me, it was a turning point, that made that day perfect. I was happy to see that these things still exist in the everyday life. And they always will. Here’s to the brave children, who proudly say beautiful things out loud!

    I am curious: When was the last time you saw something like this happen, to you or to someone else? A moment of true happiness? In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, please share it with me. 😉

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