Christmas Presents

Just before Christmas I was nominated to for two awards. First I got nominated for The Rudolph Award by Being Arindam, then just after I got nominated for The Candle Lighter Award by Kate Kresse. I want to thank both of you most earnestly and modestly. I often say that we should write, photograph or be creative not to please others, but do it from the bottom of our hearts. And I mean that most sincerely. At the same time it is indeed very nice to have your work be recognised by others, to get support and constructive feedback from people around you, letting you know that you are not creating in a vacuum. So again thank you very much Being Arindam and Kate Kresse.

A little about the awards: The Rudolph Award is to spread some holiday cheer by giving back to the givers. There are so many bloggers, who give so much. Whether it’s to your families, friends, community, your fellow bloggers, and/or to your craft – art, writing, photography, etc. So it’s just a way to thank those people.

Rules For The Rudolph Award:
Step ONE
Recognize two bloggers who:
1. Always give encouragement to others, by being a guiding light in the blogosphere.
2. Give tirelessly to their blogs and posts by sacrificing their time and talent; throwing out their deepest emotions, whether in words, art, photography, or another form.
3. Lend a hand to help fellow bloggers make their blogs even better.

Step TWO
In a post – it can be a short or long one – simply link at least two bloggers who you feel meet that criteria and why.

Copy and paste the image URL of the flashing “Rudolph Award” into the Image Widget of your blog.

So as part of The Rudolph Award I want to pass it on to the following two bloggers (among many others) who I feel fulfil the intention of the award. The both deserve it very much:


Now The Candle Light Award is actually created by Kate Kresse. She has created it to encourage any post or blog that she thinks brings light to the world. As she says herself: «If you are looking for inspiration, hope, optimism, good advice, faith filled assurances, and even humor, these are good blogs to follow». There are no specific rules associated with the award. If any you think someone else is a Candle Lighter, you can surely give them the award anytime you want and as often as you want. But Kate Kresse would love it if you could send her the links for the blogs you do find worthy of the award, because she would love to see their blogs, too!. Their is no limit to how many blogs you award The Candle Lighter Award to and no limit to how many times someone can receive it.

So go out there and inspirer and encourage those many bloggers who deserve some attention!


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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32 Responses to Christmas Presents

  1. theWomanAtTheWell says:

    I was wondering this exact thing about the Candle Lighter Award, the pic I have I can tell was not the original, thak you. I shall have to send my readers here to read your post, thank you very much for posting truth. Blessings. -watw

  2. souldipper says:

    Congrats, Otto, to you and the two fabulous blogs you share. What talented people we have at our fingertips. This is the gesture that makes me appreciate technology even more!

  3. niasunset says:

    Congratulations dear Otto. You deserve these awards.And it is another great honor for me,to be nominated for this award, Thank you. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  4. Arindam says:

    Congrats to you. You are such a talented person, that you deserve every award.

  5. semprevento says:

    .. but it is a wonderful initiative!

  6. cocomino says:

    Congrats! The other blogs you mentioned seem also interesting.

  7. valzone says:

    Congratulations again Otto, were your ears burning over Christmas? I was singing your praises, and telling someone of your inspirational posts.
    I’ve been very camera lazy over the Christmas period, doing the usual things, I must blow the dust of it, and get back in the swing.

  8. Congrats on these well deserved awards!!

  9. Congratulations on your good news and thank you for the recommendations. You and they are very deserving.

  10. mcolmo says:

    Congratulations and may you win even more awards!

  11. Congratulations and thanks for the links!

  12. Congrats to you AGAIN! 😉 Your blog is a great choice for any award.

  13. Michelle Gillies says:

    Congratulations, Otto. Well deserved. Thanks for explaining about the two awards. I was curious, about how they worked.

  14. Nandini says:

    Congratulations. That’s a great present. 🙂

  15. janeeamon says:

    Congratulations….well deserved I must say….it’s an inspiration to us all who are newbies at blogging….

  16. danitacahill says:

    Congratulations on your many award wins. And happy holidays to you and your family!

  17. You had a good Christmas time, with special presents! Congratulation Otto!

  18. A.Barlow says:

    Very cool man and grats to you. Always good to be appreciated and mentioned for something like this; much deserved I am positive.

  19. munchow says:

    Thank you all for the fantastic support and encouragement. And again I want to wish you all happy holidays.

  20. winsomebella says:

    A delightful suprise to be so honored. Thank you. I will share in a future post and will continue to enjoy your blog so very, very much.

  21. theWomanAtTheWell says:

    Reblogged this on The Woman At The Well and commented:
    THIS is a REBLOG…The Origin of The Candle Lighter Award

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  25. Otto,

    Congratulations on the 2 much-deserved awards! You share so much with your readers. I can attest to Nia being deserving. She has commented on my blog posts more than any other person, and is always so encouraging!


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  27. ElizOF says:

    Congratulations on your awards. Enjoy them! 🙂

  28. The Hook says:

    Great post! Yours is a big, kind, talented heart, my friend!

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