You don’t mind that I spend a good part of the beginning of the new year recapping the end of the last year, do you?
Even though I had a hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year, this year’s Christmas was so much better than last year’s just for the fact alone that J and I weren’t awfully sick. I guess getting the flu shot early this flu season paid off (fingers crossed).
We had planned to spend Christmas cozily at home, but got a last minute invitation for cheese fondue for Christmas Eve. I mean, you can’t really say ‘no’ to that, can you?
We skyped with my family in the morning (who was gathered at my sister’s house again) and then in the afternoon we got ready to go over to the house of some (potential new) friends. It was a nice change from previous years and we had really great evening.
Christmas Day we did spend cozily at home.
We had coffee in the morning and did our Christmas the “American way” by opening the presents that had arrived in the mail (we usually open packages on Christmas Eve or split it between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning). We went for a nice Christmas Day walk around the State Capitol in the afternoon, because it was a beautiful cold, but sunny day!
In the evening, I cooked the dinner I had originally planned for Christmas Eve. Filet Mignon with mushroom cream sauce, homemade Semmelknödel (bread dumplings) and green beans and Brussels sprouts. Yum.
It was the first time I made my mom’s recipe for bread dumplings and they turned out amazing. The reason I hadn’t made them before was that the recipe calls for “stale rolls”, which I usually don’t have lying around, but turns out that Safeway sells stale bread as unseasoned stuffing and that’s just what I needed to make these. They were so good!
I also insisted on watching a Christmas movie in the evening. “The Christmas Chronicles”, a new Christmas movie on Netflix. Have you heard of it?
December, 26 is an official ‘second Christmas holiday’ in Germany and so I always try to treat it as such. I had planned to take off the day originally, but since I am currently (still) furloughed, I had the day off either way.
I spent most of the day on the couch and indulged in some good old German movies that are traditionally shown around the holidays, like “Sissi” (this is a very popular trilogy from the 1950’s about the Empress of Austria that I happen to own on DVD). Always a treat!
One thing I noticed: mail deliveries get worse every year (or so it seems). My mom’s package (which she apparently sent at the beginning of December) still hasn’t arrived. Quite a few cards came after the holidays. I don’t know if the postal service is just hopelessly overwhelmed over the holidays (I secretly hope that this is the reason) or they’re just screwing with people.
I sent all my overseas mail on the same day and while my aunt (who lives next to my parents) has received her card, my parents haven’t received theirs. How is that possible?
As always, I loved all the holiday cards that I received over the last few weeks.
Quite a few cards arrived after the holidays (or are still in transit), so if you don’t see yours in this picture, it doesn’t mean I didn’t get it.
How were your holidays? Did you see family? Did you have a good time?