I’ve been struggling a bit to get into the Holiday mood this year. Our core group isn’t together, and I think that might be what is weighing on my mind. Dirk, Cheyenne and myself are here in Germany, and Sierra is back in the States. Or, it’s all this damn rain. Don’t get me wrong, we really , really need this rain. We had a very hot and super dry summer here in Germany, and the lakes/rivers are very low for this time of year. But, I come from the Great Lakes area, and when it is this damn cold, there needs to be some snow. Preferably, a lot of snow.
No such luck, just damn cold, grey, windy with rain, every single damn day here in Western Germany.
We did get the Christmas tree put up the first of December. It lasted nicely for a few weeks before Jack and Newt added their finishing touches to it.
This lovely shot was taken after Jack chased Newt, who then hid behind the tree. Jack, unable to stop himself, raced behind the tree to get the cat. Newt escaped unharmed, as always. Jack managed to wrap himself in the Christmas lights and drag the whole damn tree across the floor before it came crashing to the ground. It was over in less than a minute, but it seemed like I was watching the whole event take place in slow motion. It was painful. Most of the ornaments that shattered we not of sentimental value, thankfully. I am still finding pieces of glass with my bare feet, good times. The tree is able to stand back upright, it’s just a bit wonky at the top.
Jack has been trying to help everyone get into the Christmas spirit. He even found a sparkly star, and manged to get it stuck on the end of his snout.
Hard not to feel a little warm and fuzzy with this guy looking at you intently with a star on his schnoz.
Dirk and I have been to one Christmas market so far, we went to the one in Brühl. Neither of us was really “feeling it”, so we stopped at the local Italian restaurant and had a wonderful dinner. So, that was a win. I truly believe that they have the best pizza that I have ever had, anywhere.
Cheyenne and I made our yearly attempt to make fudge for Christmas. We had high hopes of being able to gift the fudge to our downstairs neighbors. They are always giving Jack dog treats, and pigs ears. They even give Cheyenne shoes when she is clearing out her shoe hoard. Just really nice people, and we wanted to give them a gift. Well, as usual, Cheyenne and I failed at the fudge making. I currently have a large dish full of a chocolate substance sitting in my kitchen, it is rather gooey, and it has in no way set up like a good fudge. This is a change from our usual, gritty, dry as dust fudge.(We may be able to use it as a frosting of some sort, I haven’t figured this out yet). This failure is actually a yearly event for us, so really not a big surprise. Yet still, somehow a bit disappointing. We are not fudge makers, but we just won’t give up.
I have managed to get all of my Holiday cards filled out and they go into the mail tomorrow. This makes me happy. I think I got the obsession for Holiday cards from my Grandma McKay. She would get hundreds of Christmas cards each year, and sent out a ton as well. It was a big deal at their house, she would hang them all over the office, and then they would spread out, down the hall in to the living room. Hundreds of them!
I do not send out hundreds of cards, just a few. But, I do hang the cards that I receive up on the wall, just like she did.
Today was an exciting day. We got our first Holiday card in the mail! (we don’t get many anymore now that we live in Germany. We do have mail service here in Deutschland, so come on people!).
So here it is. The first card comes from my friend, Adrienne.
It’s seems that perhaps, I am not the only one struggling to get into the Holiday Mood this year.
How about you? Are you feeling festive this year? What are your Holiday wins?