I found a new game to play! Where I get to be as opinionated as I want...or need to be. This is my strong point. Tutu's Bliss is the mastermind behind this new carnival of goodness. Yay for that!
So this was my first Christmas outside the US let alone away from family. It ended up very nicely even though the USPS prevented us from getting our presents on time. (BTW Annie...I just got the dress and I do like it, but I think I'm going to have to hem the sleeves up.) The Americans do all their normal seasonal exploits but scaled down a little. They have their balcony decked out with lights and Santa in their windows. The PX had Christmas stuff on display before Halloween.
The Germans however decorate much less...tacky? Flashy maybe? I don't know what the right word is since I don't think its a negative, positive thing exactly. But you don't see any houses with 4802837879 million lights glued on. Santa isn't playing with the baby Jesus while Rudolph gives an angel a ride. They still have Santa stuff. I don't think they do the reindeer thing though. The decorations stay up until 12 days after Christmas which is considered a holiday here. The Epiphany. Unless you're Catholic in the states you have no idea what that is.
I find it refreshing here. I think that here it is celebrated as a season of giving vs a day of presents. Maybe not. But regardless I'm gonna bring some German Christmas love home with me. We're gonna decorate when we want. We're gonna keep the secular and the Religious parts of the holiday separate. We're gonna keep our tree up until January 6th at least and not lose the feeling of the holiday the day after. We're going to celebrate us a German Christmas and we're gonna do it with style.
So there's my two cents for the day. Take it, leave it, or better yet...give it back!