I believe in coming home for Christmas

by Marlies Dekkers
The cold wind, dry air, freezing temperatures, dark nights… it is winter! While others grumble about the upcoming snow, I’m singing Christmas songs and make my home a winter wonderland.

December is definitely my favourite month of the year and that’s easy to explain: it brings me Christmas! For me this celebration is not only about those few days (in the Netherlands we celebrate 2 days of Christmas) but also about the weeks in advance. I think my Christmas tree is always the first in the country. Decorating the tree is a ritual which I’m longing for from the first fall day. I have an entire basement filled with Christmas decoration. My daughter and I get everything in the living room, I make us a cup of home-made hot chocolate, put on Christmas songs and let’s get the decorating party started! It takes us days to turn the entire house into a fairytale Christmas home. My regular florist comes over to bring some fresh cut greenery. Every year I fall in love with my home again and if I could I wouldn’t leave the house this month.

Not only do I like to decorating ritual, at least as important is the happy feeling when coming home every day. I have a pretty hectic life, where searching for the right work/relaxing balance needs to be on my mind daily. Taking care for myself is priority, but isn’t taking care of your home part of taking care of yourself? How can you be totally relaxed in your own environment if it doesn’t give you the right feeling? Do you rather be somewhere else? Ask yourself if your home needs more attention. Making my home summer-ready in the next season with bright colours and fresh flowers is just as important as the Christmas ritual. But, I could have been born as Mrs.Claus, this is my season and I’m enjoying every minute of it!

Most loved
Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

by marlies|dekkers

Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

by marlies|dekkers

Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”

The art of love!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

Get your creative juices flowing

This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!