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Christmas in the Oksman House

DSCN4612It is Christmas. This is one of those gushing, love of the written word and love the print book writings that I could not help but to write, after having been stuffed with food and warm drinks, after having opened the sweet presents, and as the tradition follows, having come home to myDSCN4644 mother’s house, where books are everywhere – by the last count 1750 counted for books cover the walls of mother’s Belgian home’s and Finland‘s summerhouse walls, books that I have admired and some that I have read, books that have been read to me and books I hope to one day add to my own slowly growing collection. Books everywhere.

Christmas is all about books for us as well; traditionally Santa brings us both bundles of books – this year I got to add Charlotte Brontë’s Villette in my collection, together with Shakespeare Unbound and a book on coffee and pasta! My mother found from her stocking a Booker price shortlister, another one for her Anne Donovan collection, the first of Simon’s Cat series as well a trip to memory lane with the orginal of an old favourite, one she had only ever read in translation before.

On top of adding to my collection I have a new “hobby” – I’m lucky to get to read slush for a publishing house, which keeps me busy on quiet moments (I do not fare well with nothing to do – keeping busy keeps happy). Having just finished one manuscript that I DSCN4592was happily surprised with, I have moved on to read a proof of another publishing house‘s upcoming book, and find myself immersed to the rich language and story. Reading for work at a holiday – mad some say. But I don’t find my work that worky, to be honest. I enjoy every bit of the reading, planning, imagining and then the tasks that will follow afterwards. My internships are a treat for me, a proof for me that I am in the right field. I love to read, I love the feel of a book in my hand, I love having grown up with the smell of books and having been read to aloud since I was a few weeks old. A tradition that still follows in our family, with my brother reading to his gorgeous girls.

Although, each of Stirling University‘s guests this semester and previously, as well as the professors, have all emphasised how love of books is not enough but publishing is a business, and should be treated as such. Sure. After Christmas. Now where’s my book…

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‘Tis the Time

Written by Aija
Saturday, 02 November 2013 in The Edinburgh Address Blog
 

The Jolly Season is nearly upon us! Winter in Edinburgh is yet another magical time – with markets and events happening all around the city, there couldn’t be much better a-place to get that Christmas shopping done and to do it in style – and that means with a mug of mulled in your hand!

When you make your travel bookings, make sure you plan around some of these extraordinary events – and keep in mind the Winter Special deals on our apartments to make sure you get the best experience from your stay!

For a day out with your mates, loved ones and kids, a special New for 2013 is the Real Christmas Tree Maze, which is bound to be a joy for children and adults alike, explore the maze in East Princes Street Gardens – can you make your way to the centre and back again? If you do find the centre, then Santa’s elves will be waiting for you with a present.

The best attraction that will keep you busy for a full day or two are the three special Christmas markets that spring up for the season. The Traditional Scottish Market at St. Andrew’s Square will offer the shoppers and connoisseurs the best of Scottish food and drink on offer. If you are a tourist, there is no better place to find that special Scottish treat to bring home with you for the holidays. The Edinburgh European Market on the Mound Precinct and West Princess Street Gardens then follows more the traditions of Germand or Bavarian Christmas markets, including the variations of Glühwein to keep you warm, and where you can find those quirky trinkets that make your Christmas that much special. And finally, there is the Children’s Market right the heart of St. Andrew’s Square is the Children’s Market, a host of magical child-friendly shopping, aimed at to enable children to be their main customers.
All of the markets are open from 22 November 2013 – January 5 2014. Sunday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday and Saturday 10am – 10pm.

If you get cold and yearn for a moment of warmth, department store’s Jenners and the shopping centre St. James both have a fantastic Christmas atmosphere – with special deals and decorations all around to ensure that jolly holiday feel. And if the Christmas market food is not enough for you, Edinburgh always has a selection of culinary delights to choose from for you brunch, lunch and dinner.

Light Night
Sunday 24 November 2013, 2.30pm to 5pm, is free for all to enjoy and encapsulates the spirit of the festive season: the family and the community. As always, the Light Night will follow a theme and this year it is the Twelve Days of Christmas, with a selection stages along the length of George Street and an estimation of 850 performers giving their best. The theme is the Twelve Days of Christmas. Hosted by Arlene Stuart of Forth Radio, the event will culminate with the lighting of the Edinburgh Christmas Tree, a traditional gift of solidarity from Norway, at the Mound, with the Olympic Gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy switching on the central Edinburgh Christmas Lights!

LIMBO
22 November to 5 January 2014
For the first time, St. Andrew Square becomes a major arena for the Christmas Event.
St. Andrew Square will host the magnificent Paradiso Spiegeltent, which will present LIMBO, the international circus sensation, direct from Australia and London’s Southbank before it heads to the Sydney Festival and an international tour in 2014.

For the all night partiers, looking for that special Christmas sensation – in the Summerhall
for ten day special tour, 4 December to 21 December 2013, back by popular demand is the sell-out hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, Hot Dub Time Machine: Best. Party. Ever, makes a triumphal return to Scotland for 10 exclusive nights.

After all that shopping and events out, all you probably want to do is lay your head down on the comfort of home away from home. Here at the Edinburgh Address we appreciate the joys of Christmas, and in the spirit of holidays offer a range of special Winter Specials:

Apartment Castle Terrace @ 9A – 15% Off in November!

New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street – 10% Off in November!

The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate – 15% off in November!

The Studio @ Drumsheugh Gardens – 10% Off for Midweek stay in November!

Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street – 10% Off, bottle of bubbly and a free late check out to make that shopping spree that much more special!

Oh, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow soon!

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