Want to find me.. I will be at the bar with a glass in my hand, but not eating the nuts... bar nuts are sort of scary.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The crafty Lulu

My little town here has really hit the ground running. Christmas cheer is pouring out of every window.

Last night was the opening of the local Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas Market. It gets the whole show off to a bang. The smell of Gluhwein wafting through the little wooden houses, filled with sparkly goods.

Xmas Mkt It certainly transforms the whole (and I must admit rather dreary) local market square. Children were singing carols and I resisted the call of the chestnuts roasting over an open flame… This is, of course, NOTHING compared to the wonders that can be found in Bonn and Cologne. My first ever Christmas market visit was Cologne, Altstadt. It was snowing and cold. Like a picture book. I will never forget it.

This afternoon we are off to prepare the Advents Kranz. Sitting in the local church hall, drinking coffee and eating biscuits, in the company of all the other parents guiding their children toward their first Communion next year. I am not catholic, but the rest of the mob are. So I get to enjoy the bits that are fun. First Advent falls tomorrow, the first candle will be lit, followed by one each Sunday though to Christmas Eve. The wreath seen in the photo was prepared by my clever father in law. As we will end up with two, I am thinking of decorating and hanging this one on the front door.


I suspect my neighbours have been reading my blog. First thing this morning, they were up and about, going about the task of bringing Christmas cheer to our street. Here are a couple of features that were NOT there yesterday:

Walking Tree Santa breakin

Not only were the lights not there yesterday… but the tree has suddenly appeared overnight! As for Santa… I had to do a little super spy work and nicked a photo from behind a tree because they were still in the process of putting up the lights.


oreneta said...

While this feels a little early, it is helping me start to plan a bit for the festivities.....and I need to do that. *whew*

Beth said...

I need a Christmas Market around here to get my a** in gear!
Unlike your neighbours, I did not take a hint from your prior post.
Guilt is now motivating me – which is not conducive to Christmas cheer!

vagabondblogger said...

It sounds like your traditions are off to a good start. Are you worried that your neighbors might be ahead of you in their preparations? If we get a tree up a few days before, then we're waaay ahead of the game (since the boys insist on cutting one down themselves, and they don't arrive until the only trees left are of the Charlie Brown type).

Also, I live in an "Association" and we're not allowed any outside cheer - it's against the rules. But we are spending Christmas in Cairo, so I don't care.

But you live in a country where traditions are cherished and embellished. Enjoy!


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