We have great news! No, it hasn’t snowed here already.This photo is from the first snow last year on January 2. Thankfully we still have a month of summer left, followed by a lovely and mild fall before our great news happens. But I’m already excited for it! And that’s because we’re going to the States for Christmas! Yippee!
We will have almost a month to spend with our family and friends at Christmastime until mid-January. I think it will be the best of everything. Christmas season in Germany is so wonderful with their elaborate cookies and Christmas markets. I plan to fully enjoy everything about it and am so looking forward to enjoying it with Michael. Last year he was in the ICU all of December, and while there were most definitely blessings in the midst of many trials, it was still painful for me that he missed out on it all.
Michael’s parents were able to come for a few days last year before Christmas and brought a contribution to decorate my newspaper tree. They happened to have some wrapping paper with ornaments on it, and we cut them out together and taped them up. One night while I was at the hospital, I decided to create some holiday cheer in the room and cut out newspaper snowflakes and folded newspaper into a tree and origami star in the dark while Michael was asleep. Anurse passed by the next morning and looked in and said, “Christmas came in room 205!” (or whatever the room number was). It brought me joy that my creations also brought joy to the staff and visitors who came into the room. I’m such a sucker for the traditions of the holidays.
There were so many moments of holiday cheer last year, when I stop and reflect. So many wonderful people made that happen. My mom and sister came earlier in December and made our family’s traditional Christmas cookies. They brought me gifts and got me to go to the Christmas market downtown for a couple hours. Our friends visited and brought German holiday cookies, food from their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts, and a group of kids played Carols in the hall one afternoon.
I’m not usually one to be so excited about the holiday so early in the year, but I am just so excited! I was just so sad last year that Michael couldn’t participate in all the beautiful things of the season here. And now, not only do we get to experience it together, but then we get to follow it up by spending the actual holiday days with our family who we will not have seen for over a year. And, oh yeah, my world-traveling younger sister is going to be there too! Hallelujah! I can’t wait!
From Germany with love,