Merry Christmas Everyone! Don't know how many people that read this, but to those of you that do, I wish you a very Happy Holiday and safe New Year.
This is my second Christmas in Germany and I've been reflecting on the differences and similarities between this year and last. So here are a few things I have come up with.
Similarities: Just me and David at home; way too quiet; good food (added one new recipe that I found around Thanksgiving); talked to the family on Skype to see how they liked their presents and tell them how much I liked mine; missed being at home like crazy; kept wondering what the family was doing right then; made orange rolls for breakfast (it's tradition).
Differences: I was too lazy to put up my Christmas tree this year; we had a very white Christmas; David and I opened all our presents early so I felt kind of cheated on Christmas morning.
Christmas is my favorite holiday and I know that if I would get into the spirit a bit more it would help me get through the holiday less depressed. But then, when I start to think about getting into the spirit I remember that my family is back home and I am going to be here for yet another quiet and mundane day. David tries really hard to make it awesome for me, and does a really good job, but it's just not the same. Because my mom spoiled us as kids I'm used to HUUUUUUGE piles of presents to open then a marathon shower and a session of trying on all our new clothes to see what we would wear to Granny's that day. Then of course going to Granny's and being eveloped by our loud, crazy wonderful family. When you're used to the decibels of noise on Christmas that I am, having a quiet lazy day just seems wrong.
Anyway, I hope next year I'll be a little more Ho-Ho-Hoey because we'll only have one more Christmas left over here. You think my parents would want to fly out here for the holidays next year? ;)