I'm going to give Mary credit where credit is due.  She birthed Jesus. But, she didn't take the time to put up a pine tree in the little manger, even though guests were arriving imminently.  No, society had to wait until the Germans came up with the idea to do so.  At first they thought to decorate an oak tree, but then decided that pine was perfection as it pointed towards heaven.  Anyway, give it a few hundred years and this country is full fledged, teenage boy, eager beaver about Christmas.

We really noticed, a few weeks before our vacation in Canada, that people window shop here.  It's not a saying folks, it's the real deal.  Throngs of people, out on a Sunday, just shopping in windows, not spending a cent.  The windows, as such, are decorated to the nines.  It's really pretty.  

Then there are the Christmas markets.  These guys are a hit.  So many friggen people just milling about, sipping mulled wine, or hot chocolate as the case may be.  I had a bad reaction to the mulled wine in Denmark and dare not venture down that path again.  Claudia thinks it's the best hot chocolate ever, and she would be right.  It's the best hot chocolate ever.  

Everything adds up to a genuine holiday spirit.  Everyone wishes one another a Merry Christmas, and they're happy to say it.  We're happy to be here, revelling in it all.  I'm grateful that I was able to see family and friends so close to Christmas, as the distance between us would surely have felt much wider had I not. 

Frohe Weihnachten and Merry Christmas!    
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Papa with his girls at Gore Park.
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Bread Bar with the BFF.
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Meeting Figgy, aka Charlotte, for the first time!
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German Vintage Finds! Tinsel made out of tin. I kid you fucking not.
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The best hot chocolate. In a commemorative mug.
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Carousel at the Christmas Market.
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Münster at Christmastime.
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Eloise looks like a little Polack with her bangs hacked. God I love her. So does Claudia.
Mom
24/12/2011 11:56:21 pm

A wonderful entry, amazing pictures but we wish you were here with us today. Next year you'll be home because mom says so :)

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Kate
25/12/2011 02:29:58 pm

I made it in the pictures! I feel so special. Merry Christmas bestie! The girls look adorable in front of our matching cabinet.

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