December 13, 2010

Weekend in Review

Friday night I got together with one of the girls to make Christmas treats while the guys were on the road. Yummy chocolate covered peanut butter balls, shortbread cookies, chocolate covered pretzels drizzled with white chocolate, lots of girl talk and lots of sweet red wine! 

Saturday TJ and I went to the Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) for the first time. 
It truly was a wonderful experience and definitely put us in the the holiday spirit. For those of you who are wondering what the heck a Christmas Market is -- they are huge over here in Germany since this is where they originated, and over the years they have spread to most of Europe as well. To put you in the mood so you can share just how special this fabulous Christmas carnival is - envision and smell wonderful foods, roasted nuts, festive music, lots of lights, people singing German Christmas Carols, crisp winter air, carousels and ferris wheels.
The Weihnachtsmarkt evokes the excitement I had back when I believed in Santa, and maybe it's just because I went with TJ, but it has a sense of romanticism, too. There are over 150 beautifully decorated timbered booths that replicate a small Christmas village and each booth houses different hand made items - wooden toys, carved items, blown glass, pottery, candles, books, tree ornaments, etc. 


A popular drink over here during the cold months is a hot mulled red wine called Gl├╝hwein. It is spiced with cinnamon, vanilla pods, cloves, oranges and sugar. One of the girls here said that it is an acquired taste and you either love it or hate it - I for one think it's delicious - especially when I'm freezing my buns off in -0 weather at TJs games!
Yesterday I picked up one of the girls from the airport who has been up in Manitoba for the past couple of weeks with her adorable little guy visiting her hubbys parents. It's so great to have her back! :) 

The second I walked into the airport I choked up and fought tears. Sounds lame, right? I've been thinking more and more about how I felt yesterday, and I can't shake the feeling. Airports are such energy centers and full of all kinds of different emotions - the stress, the worry, the happiness, the sadness, the boredom, the frustration, the impatience, the anticipation, the joy, the terror, the heartache, the exhilaration. For the first time since I boarded the plane at Logan Airport to come over here, I felt raw and I felt alive. I saw all of these happy reunions and I literally had to bite my cheeks to stop myself from crying like a baby. The last time I was in an airport I said goodbye to my family, I hugged my sister and brother for the last time for 8 months, and I cried a cry I have never felt before - it was stressed, worried, happy, sad, bored, frustrated, impatient, anticipating, joyful, terrified, aching, exhilarating, and a million other different adjectives and emotions all wrapped up into one. While I love it here in Germany, I cannot wait for that amazing reunion with my family. 4 months down, 4 more to go!
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7 comments

  1. Oh, what a great post! So wonderful to see those pictures. I grew up in Bremen, only an hour away from Hannover! You must check out Bremen, it's so quaint.

    Here is my latest post:

    http://dagmarbleasdale.com/2010/12/remembering-christmas-and-winter-in-germany/

    Are you on Twitter? I'm @DagmarBleasdale

    Liebe Grusse,
    Dagmar

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  2. Dagmar,

    Danke :) I would love to check out Bremen, we plan on venturing out as soon as we explore Hannover a bit more

    Beautiful photos on your blog! I am on twitter, but for my jewelry site, not for anything blog related.

    Ciao :)

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  3. Ahhh ... Christmas Markets. I miss Europe to the moon and back!

    The thing I am most looking forward to when the season is over is simply putting this season behind us and working with our agent to find another place to play in Europe. Gotta get the hubby back to the DEL! ;)

    Thanks for sharing your photos, they made my day!

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  4. Funny you ask, I was going to make my post today about "top things I miss about home" :) I'd have to say I'm most looking forward to seeing family and friends. you can read the rest later! :)

    PS- Your Christmas market blows ours out of the water! It's beautiful!

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  5. Hockey Wife - Thats my girl, staying positive :)

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  6. CMD - Aha the beloved what I miss about home post. #2 behind family and friends -- a CLOTHES DRYER! ;)

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