Only one week left until Christmas! Yes, time flies so fast. Well, while most of us might still be looking for the perfect presents, it’s just as important to think about your own wishes. This is also what we did at CARMITIVE. As is right and proper, each of us wrote a letter to Santa. Please enjoy reading our wishes and discover our special Christmas accessories, which will make every outfit look perfectly festive.
A few weeks ago, I met up with my friend Sonja to make Belgian waffles at my place because I had just treated myself to a new waffle iron. As cheesy as we are we listened to Christmas music to get ready for the holidays. While we were stirring the batter the playlist switched from “Little Drummer Boy” to Paul McCarney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”. I told Sonja how much the song reminded me of my childhood – due to it being on the soundtrack of „Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer“. And so we began talking about our favorite Christmas movies as kids, discussed our preferred candy from back in the days and ended up listing all our dolls. The time went by, Sonja headed back home and I thought about our chat. All alone I suddenly had to smile a little because I realised how much of a carefree childhood I actually had. As cheesy as it may be to listen to holiday music in November, as cheesy it is what I’m wishing for this Christmas: a carefree childhood for every kid out there. With arguments about who would get to play with the Barbie in the sequin dress, tears when I was not allowed to have a sleepover with my best friend and all the other moments that were just a part of it. They probably seemed like the end of the world back then, but are something I can laugh about today. I wish every kid could have as great of a childhood as I had.
Every year, when the first snowflakes fall from the sky, a big smile pops up in my face. Christmas is almost here: Christmas songs, cookies and amazing smells lurk around every corner – and just everything that goes with it. When it starts getting cold, you put yourself in warm clothes and you immediately get a feeling of secure. As much as I look forward to this time, there’s the same problem that bothers me every year. Many animals don’t have a home at this time, where they can feel just that exact feeling of secure. Some of them are freezing on the street and starving to death. It’s the same problem in every season but isn’t Christmas the feast of love to spend with your family? Herewith, dear Santa, my wish for Christmas: give each animal a beautiful home where they feel safe and get the love they deserve. No matter what time of the year. That would be wonderful. With this on my mind, I wish you Merry Christmas and many animals that find a home at your place.
I’m wishing for world peace. I can’t help but ask myself how many times you have read about that on the wish lists of children who are beginning to comprehend what war actually means. Or in the letters of adults who hope for a sheltered home and world for their own children. I still remember the time when I first was confronted with the concept of „peace“. It was the time of friendship books and stuffed animals – elementary school age so to say. To be honest, that was probably the most carefree time of my life. However, the word peace started coming up on these blank spaces in front of the category „My biggest wish“ in the said friendship books. We have all – some more than the other – been confronted with the topic, but what war actually is and what it feels like is something I did not know back than and don’t do it to this day. So how do children feel who grow up in countries, where hatred and violence rule their daily lives? Of course we read about assassinations almost every day in the papers. We can see the shattered houses and wrecked cities in the news on the TV. Still, we cannot put ourselves in the place of those who live in war zones, no one can. I wish for world peace – because that for me it means a happy, free and just life, which should be accessible to every human on this planet.
I wish that people would stick more togehter and learn to appreciate the little things in life. A lot of people, especially in our society, take those things for granted. However, we live in a world in which everything happens so fast. So why should we waste time with worrying about materialistic items? After all, the well spent memories are the ones we will be thankful for in some years. There is probably nothing more precious than those hours we enjoy with our best ones and the ones we help each other. So my biggest wish is a peaceful and respectful coexistence. It's what i would love to see and experience in our world.
Sometimes it’s hard when I catch how people hate themselves or don’t like how their bodies look like. Why? Is it because they don’t look like the perfectly retouched models on Instagram? Is it because they do not get enough attention of their surroundings? Or is it because they want to have the full control about themselves? Well, I was at the same point some years ago. It was everything but definitely not healthy for my body. Yes, I was in this one phase and I was very skinny. At some point, I realized that don't do a favor to anyone and neither to myself. However, this "aha moment" was just the beginning. It has taken a lot of work and time until I accepted and loved myself – and I am still trying to do better every day. So what I can say out of this is that it was worth it every single overcoming I made. In the end, every experience brings you one step closer towards the enjoyment of life. So here you go with my wish dear Santa: With all my heart, I wish that every single person on this earth has more "aha moments", shows more endurance and feels more love for life.
Carmen's Christmas outfit: A shiny velvet dress, bold earrings and a Santa hair tie