If you have been following my page for a while, you know that I usually tell you what I am grateful for at Thanksgiving. Since there was so much going on at the end of November this year, I decided to postpone this post until the Christmas season. And there’s a lot I’m grateful for! First of all, I am grateful for my family and my friends who always support me as an author, read my long and short works, give me feedback and fill their shelves with Rissa books. There have also been great readings this year, which, for example, led me back to my home in the Sauerland for the Children’s Conference on „Health begins in the the child’s mouth“ – thanks for invitations to such wonderful events! As always, I am grateful to projects that promote enthusiasm for reading and writing, for example literaturland westfalen with its many events or the Stadtbücherei Münster with its great enthusiasm. The interest in my column in the Westfalenpost Meschede delights me anew every year! Finally, I am grateful for the publication of „Rissa Filial and the Source of Magic“. So many people contributed to this fourth and final installment of the series: my feedback givers, the WOLL Verlag, Illdorado – Corinna Steukmann Illustrationen, my wonderful editor Carina Middel and of course all the big and small readers who exitedly awaited the publication! Thanks to you all! I bid farewell to you for this year, wish everyone a wonderful and relaxing Christmas and a Happy New Year – see you in 2019!