Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas in Deutschland

Frohe Weihnachten

("Merry Christmas" in German)
We had a very Merry Christmas here in Germany thanks to our wonderful families! Lyla's first Christmas was like none other that I have ever seen. By this I mean... she got to stay home all day, not rush around anywhere, and play with her mountains of new toys! 
This year Christmas was very different for us. Definately for me. I am so use to having at least 5-6 places to be between Christmas eve and Christmas Day. We enjoyed our first Christmas with Lyla in the quietness that we have here and looking out on beautiful snow fall. 
Beyond that we got to enjoy a really neat German tradition: Christmas Markets! We only got to go to one this year, in Rothenburg, because we were snowed in most days, but it was really great. We ate our first German braut, Yummy Crepes, and I had my first mug of  Gluhwein (warm wine) which was so yummy! We also got a "snowball" which is fried dough covered in all kinds of goodies... mine was covered in Chocolate of course!
All in all we want to thank our familes for making Christmas kindof feel like home with the showering of gifts! We love you all very much and miss you!
Here are pictures from our Christmas Adventures:
Beautiful snowy sights along the way...

After a 2 1/2 hr drive, we finally got there!

Walking into town, looking for the Christmas market

Starting to see more decorations!

Finally made it to the market! We had been talking about going for at least 2 weeks!

All Christmas markets are centered around the Church!

The biggest Christmas store I have ever seen! They had so many beautiful hand carved items.

HUGE tree! I would sat at least 30 ft tall!

This was just as big as the tree! All hand carved wood. So beautiful!

The walls surrounding the city as we were leaving. Very cool


In her first Christmas Hat!

The beautiful Candle holder I got in Rothenburg

Lyla's first ornament! It says Merry Christmas in German

The hand painted ornament I got in Rothenburg

Glass ornament we bought in Kiaserslautern (AKA" K-Town")

Our Tree with most of the goodies under it

We tried Very hard to get her to sit infront of the tree... this is the best we got!

Our family pic on Christmas Eve

Lyla with all of her goods

Opening on Christmas Eve

And Christmas Morning after the madness!
We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. oh, she is so cute, I love the one in front of all the presents in her pretty dress! Miss you guys, I will see you soon, Shannon, in TX!