Posts Tagged ‘holiday’
So, what has happened since err, umm.. November? First place to look is at my photos folder, which, at the moment is in a terrible disarray. Sigh..
[… Scanning thumbnails … ] Right, Christmas, let’s start there. The holidays were fun, despite this being the second year that we stay in Europe for Christmas. It’s the hardest time of year to be expats, away from family and friends we love and miss. But hey, we had some crazy snow.
Me and Little A in the backyard.
Big D and Little A, my darlings:
At one point D tried to use electrical wire to pull her “sled” but this was slightly disastrous. We just pushed/pulled instead. Okay, fine, D pushed, I took pictures…
This is the first year that we bought a Christmas tree (and a mini tree and a wreath and ornaments and lights).
Little A visited Santa, at our gym, but sadly, there was no cardboard tree.
Christmas morning, with new boots from Grandma, and new toys.
It gave our spirits a boost when D’s parents came just after Christmas. They caught a cold on the plane (of course), and it made it’s way around to all of us during the following week, yuck!
So we stayed in… took naps, visited, cooked. Little A loved the attention, and the time with two of her important people. She was saying Grand-maman, though it sounded more like “Grah-MAMA!”
This photo says it all:
Thanksgiving (both US and Canadian) has come and gone. Thanksgiving is not a holiday here, but D came home early and we spent Thursday evening eating take-out Chinese and then watching French-Canadian reality TV. Go figure, it was fun.
Christmas is now officially “on” from here on out. And this is the first year we’re not going “home” to see friends and family. Various reasons but the biggest are: 1.) 16 hour travel days with a 3 month old, and 2.) H1N1.
So back to the question, do we decorate? Our apartment is small and we’ve had a big influx of baby gear so far this year – there is no way I want to put up a Christmas tree. I thought stockings would be cute but I cannot find any anywhere! And yes, they do do Christmas stockings in Germany, though the tradition is that they get filled on the December 6th instead of on Christmas morning. Bah, I suppose if I stall long enough it won’t matter.
About time for a post mayhaps?
First off, Happy New Year to everyone. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and enjoyed having a least a couple of days off. With this economy I know everyone is a little nervous. I’m hopeful that 2009 will be a better year for everyone.
By the way, we’re still busy doing family stuff on our side. Trying to fit a year’s worth of visiting into 3 weeks isn’t easy. Nor is eating all the delicious food… okay, maybe they are both nice. Heh. Family visits, especially extended visits, can be trying. Of course, after a thought like that you want to hug everyone and tell them how much you love them. Haha.
I have started a couple posts but realized they were going to take more time than I had, or that I don’t have the appropriate photos to include, so instead, I’ll just mention the interesting books I saw gifted or received this Christmas.
- Serena: A Novel by Ron Rash
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
- The Historian by
- Mario Hewardt and Daniel Pravat (which D received and looks really promising)
While I was out doing last minute shopping with my sisters on the Tuesday before Christmas, one of my dear sisters saved ALL of her shopping until the week of Christmas, I saw a few others that I’d like to read too, like Outliers and The Hunger Games. Both are hardback right now though, and since D and I are going to be moving (again) in 6 months (maybe), I’m holding off. I am going to love living again in a place where I can utilize a library.
Maybe two instances of snow all winter and now that it’s officially Spring it snows off and on all weekend. Interesting.
Yesterday we went for a walk around town and picked up some nice looking desserts for after dinner. Easter dinner this year was Mexican (just Dan and me).
We’re off again today. One of my co-workers explained that we live in the Catholic area of Germany so we get more religious holidays off here than in other parts of Germany (much less the rest of the world). I have lots in mind that I should do today though. The gym is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today so we’re going to make sure we get at least an hour in.
Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend (even if you could not spend it outdoors).
this weekend. It’s a German thing. It’s an almost week long series of parties. Think Halloween morphed with Mardi gras – multiple parades, extravagant costumes, chocolate not beads are thrown to the crowd. And since it’s Germany, I’m sure there will be lots of beer.
Anyway, it means that I get Monday off from work. That and I need a costume.
In theory, I love costume events. I really do. I love the idea of a costume party, you know, the kind they put in books and movies, in a beautiful house with French doors going to a moonlit garden. My grandmother used to have quite the arsenal of make-yourself-up-gear. Once a year at Halloween, she would go into her garage and open the closet there for us. It was dusty, but full of costumes. And wow – there were the more typical black dresses with ragged edges and capes with the accompanying bent wire witches hats, there were Hawaiian grass shirts and long black wigs (that I had seen on my uncle in pictures), and a mermaid dress with plastic shiny aqua scales, and gogo dresses and short curly blonde wigs, ponchos and western shirts. Big plastic elastic jewelry and old make up that should have been thrown away. We’d usually end up using just a piece here or there, but was glamorous, looking at all, imagining whoever wearing it was being someone else for a little while.
Sigh – so back to reality. We need costumes for this parade thing we’re doing on Sunday. My main concern, besides the fact that I have no theme in mind, is that it is really really cold! Maybe I’ll get lucky tomorrow and find a full body faux fur rabbit costume.