The holiday season sure goes by fast.
I spent a very nice Christmas with T. and his family in Germany. It was my first time meeting his family, and things went pretty well. It was even a white Christmas – my first one ever! Well, it didn’t snow on Christmas day, but it did snow quite a bit a few days before we went to his hometown, and there was still some snow left over for Christmas day.
This year, I got a little bit of extra Christmas cheer. The Germans celebrate not only Christmas Eve and Christmas day but also the day after Christmas. I also got to meet some more of T’s extended family on the 26th at a huge family gathering with good food, beer, and singing Christmas carols. Definitely one of my favorite moments this Christmas with T.
Now we’re relaxing a little at home in Hamburg before we meet friends and trek outside in the hopes of a little partying outside by the Elbe river. Apparently fireworks are a big thing here for Silvester. That’s what they call New Year’s Eve here in Germany. The French call it something similar: Saint-Sylvestre. Anyway, back to the fireworks: we’ve been listening to the crackles, whistles and bangs of firecrackers all evening, and there is still a good hour and a half before midnight. Neighbors are setting them off right here in the street in front of their houses – it’s kinda crazy. I love watching fireworks, though, so this is kind of special.
Well, however you celebrate this evening, I wish you lots of fun. Goodbye, 2009. Welcome, 2010! And as the Germans say, guten Rutsch!