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Fröhliche Weihnachten! by ev on 24 December 2007 11:05am
Today (Christmas Eve) is the main celebration day for Xmas in Germany. So this evening all the prezzies get opened.. none of that "some old bloke climbed down the chimney in the night and off-loaded a pile of toys" stuff that I grew up with.. :)

-7°C outside apparently.. and it's 10:00am.. bit different to Oz Christmases where it was often 37°C!

Anyway, although it's been said before, Happy Yuletide/Christmas!
Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by MMMmmm... on 24 December 2007 11:47am
I'm going to make the rounds...

*Merry/Happy Christmas!* *</:)

*God Jul!*
Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by Holle on 27 December 2007 2:08pm
Ev, what kind of thing brought you from the sunny side to cold and wet Germany? Must be either job or love, can't imagine any other reasonable point to do such a move ;-).

Meanwhile the heavily food laden days are over, this time without any damage on the weight side. Lucky me, usually Christmas causes at least a one-kilo-plus-side-effect.
Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by geordiegirl on 27 December 2007 7:26pm
Yes, Holle, you're right about these being 'heavily food-laden days'.
In my regular swimming session, at New Year, there are always quite a few more people with guilty/almost-determined expressions on their face: 'I'm Going To Lose Weight'. Sadly most of them aren't seen much beyond 1st February
BTW, Holle, Gluclich Neue Jahr!
Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by peripatetically on 29 December 2007 4:47pm
My family has deep German roots, and maybe that's why we celebrate Christmas like that too----open pressies on the 24th. It's magical when it's dark outside and the tree lights are all aglow. It's usually quiet then, as well. We always eat some stollen and cookies along with milk or tea and light all the smokers and my nativity pyramid. For those of you familiar with these things, you know it's a very warm and cozy way to spend the evening.We stay up late and have more dessert after the gift exchange. The morning of the 25th is quiet and slow and we have a nice healthy breakfast before setting off to friends and/or relatives or occasionally stay in our robes and pj's most of the day---whatever the plans call for.

Many traditions surround our Christmas, but these are just a few. I'm sure each of you have special traditions which are very important to you as well.
Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by Holle on 30 December 2007 6:59pm
Thanks Linda, best wishes for the new year to you, too. I know about the "guilty faces", my body makes also excellent use of any food... I only have to read something written in fat letters and I'll have it on the hibs ;-). So I try to keep the right balance between food and sport, but my "bikini-figure" (never heard a male version of this word) is gone and will not come back.

Patty, your way of having Christmas Eve sounds very familiar to me. We too like it cozy and quiet, just the family. And to keep it that way, we do all necessary shoping as early as possible and avoid the usually Christmas shopping chaos. This consumption terror can really ruin any Christmas mood.

As we had the smoker-topic somewhere earlier, I made some pictures to show what is meant with a "Räuchermännchen":


They are called "Männchen" (= little man), because at first they were usualy tiny figures of woodcutters, hunter, miners and such professions. Nowadays you can have literally everything as a smoker. Our favorite is the tiny oven with the dumplings and the little cat, it's just nice watching it when it smolders around.

I have a few more private pictures on Flickr, I shared with Pete over Christmas, if you (or any other Palinites) would like to have a look, just give me your Flickr contact, as they can only be watched by friends and family. If you have no Flickr account, just create one, it's simple and costs nothing.

Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by ev on 3 January 2008 8:23am
Hi Holle, sorry about the late reply. You said:

"Ev, what kind of thing brought you from the sunny side to cold and wet Germany?"

It's a myth that Australia's weather is so much better. For example, the average rainfall in the Stuttgart area is between 700 and 800mm, while in Sydney the average rainfall is 1100-1200mm! That's about 50% higher!

The temperature is of course much colder here in Germany, but to be honest, unless you are sitting on the beach, hot sweaty weather is not so pleasant, especially if you have to take public transport :)

It's -3°C here now in the morning, and I'm about to go for a walk in the forest. And. I. Will. Enjoy. It. ;)


Re: Fröhliche Weihnachten! by mrsthing on 4 January 2008 12:20am
It was colder in CT today than in Germany: -8C was as warm as it ever got. But that's very unusual.

Those little smokers are cute!

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