Sunday, January 8, 2012

Frohe Weihnachten

Frohe Weihnachten. That's German for "Merry Christmas".

I went home with Dom to Stuttgart, Germany to partake in his family's Christmas celebrations. It was  a whirlwind three nights, full of gifts, warmth and tradition. It really felt like Christmas.

The festivities start on Christmas Eve night at his grandparents home. We sip champagne and sing Christmas carols to the piano played by Patrick, Dom's cousin. There's song sheets and everything and Patrick even learned how to play The First Noel, which we sung in English, just for me.

Next, we gather round the Christmas tree, is lit by real candles, to exchange gifts. Dom's family treated me as one of their own, I was showered with gifts. Very spoiled.
Then we sat down to a beautiful meal prepared by Dom's grandmother, the best cook I've ever met. She prepared three types of meat (pork, veal and beef) for this dinner, not to mention the salads, vegetables and salty caramel pudding for dessert. It was seriously delicious.
The night continued with lots of conversation and drinking - locally produced wine, huge German beers and pear schnapps are a-plenty.

Christmas morning comes too early, but we get up anyway and go to church, followed by a nice lunch at a nearby restaurant. 

Afterwards, we all head over to Martina and Dedlev's (Dom’s aunt & uncle) for Black Forest Cake and coffee and a viewing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Watching the Griswolds is a 19-year running tradition, and for the first time ever they watched the original English version with German subtitles. Much appreciated.

It all came to an abrupt end as we had to run off to the airport Christmas night to get back to London for our flight to the US the next morning. More about that to come soon.

It's always interesting to hear how others spend Christmas and it was fun to participate in Dom's.  His family is really fun and approachable.  I learned that Dom loves the tradition of it all and any suggestion to modify something is met with disapproval. 

1 comment:

  1. Really interesting article!!! Those pictures are fabulous...Thanks for sharing your memorable moments with us...


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