Merry Christmas, everybody!

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you! I hope you’re enjoying this time of year with your loved ones. Take your time to relax and rest up for the adventures 2013 has to offer.

So far, my Christmas has been very relaxed and peaceful. Even my Mum hasn’t been as stressed as she usually is ;). Or maybe it’s just because I’m in a very happy place right now. The weather here in Germany has been very un-christmassy this year. 13 degrees during the day feels more like spring. But our family traditions still brought a sense of Christmas to the house. We started Christmas Eve with our traditional dinner. Homemade Maultaschen, a local dish that basically looks like a big ravioli stuffed with minced meat. My grandma (who is over 80 years of age by now) still makes them herself and this is something I’m looking forward to all year because it is the only time we get to enjoy this delicious food. After dinner it was time to give each other’s presents. To listen to Christmas carols. To talk. And to enjoy each other’s company. On Christmas Day we’re having another family meal, this time for lunch. We used to have it at my grandma’s place, but moved it to our house last year, so my grandma doesn’t have too much stress with the preparations. At first, we’re having a soup with homemade liver dumplings followed by a turkey with Spätzle (the best noodles in the world). Now I’m lying on my bed in a food coma. Tomorrow is also a holiday in Germany, but nothing big is planned. We’ll just stay home to spend time with each other before everyone is going back to their busy life’s.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? Feel free to share.

Love and peace to you all!

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