“We spent Christmas Day in 2010 in Bamberg Germany.” That’s how I would answer the question “Did you ever celebrate Christmas in another place?” Bamberg was one of the stops on a holiday river cruise. For the first time in eight years they had snow in Bamberg for Christmas and it turned the city into a beautiful place. We spent hours walking through the cobblestone streets. Two highlights were stopping at one of Bamberg’s nine breweries to sample three kinds of beer and eat huge salty pretzels just out of the oven. As it grew dark we stood outside the huge Catholic Church to listen to the bells ringing carols through the cold air. On board our ship that night our Christmas dinner ended with the waiters turning off all the lights in the dining room and then parading to our table with trays of flaming Baked Alaska.
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We spent last Christmas in Germany. We had lots of beautiful snow. Here is Dave on Christmas Eve in Rothenberg. Today it is actually raining in Winnipeg. There is a little ice but no snow on the ground. Will we even have a white Christmas? Weather experts say there is an 89% chance Winnipeg will have a white Christmas. Last December 25th we ate pretzels in Bamberg, hot, soft, salty and just out of the oven. This Christmas we are going to a tapas party and a turkey dinner. Dave and I are thinking of having fondue on Christmas Eve and maybe Vietnamese food on Christmas Day.
Last Christmas we drank Gluwein at a Christmas market in Frankfurt. This Christmas it will probably be Pelee Island or some other Canadian wine we’ll enjoy with our Christmas dinner.
Last Christmas we listened to these street musicians in Prague give a concert. This year we are going to hear our future daughter-in-law Alisa sing Handel’s Messiah with the Winnipeg Singers and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on December 17th, and on Christmas Eve we are going to a music evening at Charleswood Mennonite Church organized by Alisa’s family.
Last year during the holidays we visited the Prague Public Library and I posed with this tall sculpture made of books. This year I will visit the Winnipeg Millennium Library near my home to stock up on books to read for the holidays.
Last Christmas we cruised down the Main River in Germany. This year we drove out to Steinbach, our old hometown to have lunch with friends and buy our Christmas tree at Oakridge Nursery.
Last year we went to a Christmas dinner party in Prague where Dave danced with a woman from Latvia. We have lots of parties on tap for this year too. We are throwing a party this Sunday for friends, another next Thursday for our son Joel and his wife Karen’s friends, tomorrow we are going to a Christmas party for Winnipeg volleyball referees and my extended family will have our Christmas reunion on December 23rd. I don’t think Dave will dance with strange women at any of these parties but who knows?
Last year we flew back to Hong Kong after Christmas. This year we will be driving down to Phoenix Arizona right after the holidays.
This Christmas will be different than last Christmas– but it will be great!