Christmas in Germany

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My in-laws backyard

Christmas comes once a year! It’s the period when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. People travel from all walks of life to be with their loved ones, the streets and houses get decorated with Christmas trees and beautiful lights and everything looks radiant. This season comes with lots of food and drinks; I know a couple of people who put on weight during this season.  ha ha ha

I’ve never been a huge Christmas enthusiast… not in my adult life at least.  Well, this year I got to celebrate Christmas with my husband and his side of the family and it was beautiful but very different. First off, it’s my first winter so you can imagine how amazing and annoying it gets. It’s amazing seeing snow falling from the sky but the cold…oh boy!

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Schloss Bückeberg

Well… It’s been an incredible experience. Every December, there’s the Christmas market known as Weinhachtsmarkt; It’s a tradition. Oh my… It’s mind-blowing. It’s by far one of my best experiences in Germany. The Christmas market is so beautiful with many stands selling all kinds of stuff. The most crowded are the food and Glühwein stands.Glühwein is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices e.g cinnamon and sometimes raisins. It’s served hot or warm and is alcoholic, although there are non-alcoholic versions. It’s a tradition during winter especially around Christmas.

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Enjoying some Glühwein

 

The 24th is very important here I learned. It’s basically like the 25th back in Kenya.  On this day gifts are exchanged, families share a three-course meal. The food was amazing (my mother-in-law Conny is such an incredible cook). with some help from Stefan (my father-in-law) and Lino (my brother-in-law). So my husband and I just availed ourselves to eat. haha, how helpful!

On the actual Christmas day we had an amazing family lunch with my husbands entire family in a very fancy and beautiful restaurant. Three-course meal again… Everyday should be Christmas (well, at least if they promise to serve some Ugali and Nyama choma).
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This was a beautiful and intimate Christmas. Love was key. Giving and receiving gifts was an amazing experience. Seeing how a simple act of giving brought so much happiness. I definitely want to have many more Christmas celebrations with my German family and I hope to show them how we do it in Kenya in the coming years.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year! Lot’s of warm hugs and love from me to you. 🙂

Zitat: I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter, because the things you want can’t be bought.

 

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8 thoughts on “Christmas in Germany

  1. A beautiful text and nice photos. For us Christmas was even more fun this year with you as a new member in our family. There is just one little error I‘m afraid I have to correct because even though I helped Conny to prepare the meal, the dessert was made by her alone. I enjoy cooking, but I have to admit that she is the much better and more hard-working chef. And why not have some Ugali next year, maybe seasoned with some festive spices?

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