I think I will remember this Christmas for a long time as it was the first one after many years that we celebrated without snow. We were waiting for it and watching the daily weather forecast, in the hope that it would come but it didn't. It was raining on the Christmas Eve..

A few days later it finally came, and we were very excited! It wouldn't be winter without at least a little bit of snow for me. I love the white winter-wonderland even though I feel cold all the time.

Many people ask me if we go skiing in the Alps. The answer is that we don't as my friend had a fatal skiing accident (that she didn't cause) 8 years ago, and I'm afraid of being on the slopes ever since. My husband can't ski, so he doesn't mind and honestly, I don't miss it at all as I prefer walking and hiking.

After the snowfall, we took our little snow monster for a long walk to the river. Well, it wasn't as long as we planned because the snow was sticking to his fur and after a while he couldn't walk properly anymore. It was funny to watch but not that funny for the poor thing.

It didn't take us long to get to the river. We also took some dry bread for ducks and hoped to get close to them and feed them. I didn't get as close as I wanted because I was not sure if the place covered with the snow was the ground or the water and didn't want to risk my socks getting wet. I ended up throwing the bread pieces to them and they didn't mind at all. They seemed to enjoy it anyway. I also left some crumbles for hungry birds.

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The day before there was no snow at all. It was a lovely surprise to wake up in the morning to this. We were so excited that we didn't even have breakfast before we went out. There is a little girl inside me that wanted to build a snowman😊

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I was alone and my husband couldn't see me as he was playing with Maxo quite far away from the place where I was. There was a young man on the bridge who assumed that I needed his help with getting to the river safely and gave me the most annoying instructions.

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I had a feeling that there was something wrong with him and wanted to get rid of him quickly, so I just followed whatever he said. When I got to the river, he told me that when I'm ready I should go back the same way and left.

I must admit that he helped me in a way as some guys he knew passed by and wanted to throw snowballs to the ducks and he told them to leave them alone because I was there and wanted to take photos. Maybe he just drank too much the night before and therefore I had a strange feeling talking to him.

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When he was gone, I was left alone and enjoyed my surroundings and myself. I wish I built that snowman!

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The snow was untouched, and I was the first person leaving the shoe marks in the soft white carpet. I love that sound when you walk in the fresh snow.

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After a while I walked to the other side of the bridge and followed my husband and Maxo.

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And here they are! Well, you can only see my husband as Maxo is playing with a snowball in front of him.

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Can you see the snow flakes? It started to snow again!

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There in the back is the forest where I spent a lot of time during my childhood. I have very fond memories of this place.

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And here is our little snow monster! I don't know how your dog reacts when it sees the snow but Maxo gets totally excited and manic in a way. It's even worse than when he sees leaves from the trees flying around in autumn. He started rolling in the snow like his life depended on it 😊

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The only way to get his attention is to hold a snowball in front of him.

When I showed these photos to my auntie, she said that we were lucky that Maxo got his green jacket as otherwise we probably wouldn't see him in the snow. I think that she was right as he is snow-white and blends in with snow.

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Look at those paws!

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Chasing the snowball...

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Throw the snowball again now!

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Look, I found it!

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Yeah, this branch is totally delicious!

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Did you say a 'snowball' again? 😊

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Oh well, I don't want to but can we go home as I can't walk anymore? PLEASE!

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I'll carry you home.. We really had too much fun that day but as you can see Maxo didn't look that amused 😊

I'm still laughing when I think back of that walk.

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I hope that you have enjoyed our day out!

Thank you for reading!

Cheers!

Martina