Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas

We did it! So many people told us to "have a merry Christmas" or to have a "Frohe Weihnachten", and we succeeded in doing that.


This last week has been a fun one with a Christmas party at the Internationale Kreis, where we sang in German, English, Spanish and Portuguese - the sugar from the chocolate fondue really helped us to be extra enthusiastic. We also had planned to go to Malcolm's research group's Christmas party, but the bus was late and, long story short, after trying for 2.5 hours, we were back at home and eating the pudding we meant to take with as our supper.

Of course, there was the annual wait-in-line-for-hours tradition as we went to do our last things we forgot shopping, but the shop handed out sweets to placate us and placated we were.

On Christmas eve we went to church, which was really lively. The venue wasn't big enough so they'd prepared two rooms with the same program running concurrently in each, and the band playing for both... lots of media and stuff reminded us a lot of NCF and we felt quite at home, though I did miss the usual singing Silent Night by candle light at the end of the service in eShowe.

Afterwards we got a lift to Nicole and Hans-Markus, where we celebrated Christmas eve. We were relieved that Kalte Schweinszunge were not on the menue, and thankful for really yummy food. Afterwards we sat in the lounge and read the Christmas story in German, English and Arabic... we tried learning some Arabic words but were're not too good at it. Then it was present-opening-time... Malcolm and I decided to leave our presents for Christmas morning and hadn't taken ours along, but were super surprised when we received a whole lot from Nicole and Hans-Markus. We really were so spoiled, and I'm especially excited by our pretty star we got... apparently our blog here acted as a Christmas wish-list!



After the present-opening we threw a dice to open two last presents, and Malcolm and I were lucky enough to roll enough 6's to open one... we shall be warm and cosy when out and about with our couple's gloves.

We spent the rest of the evening eating dessert and playing a game... sort of like 30 seconds but with famous people's names that we'd written on slips of paper. It got more complicated when in the second round was only actions and the third round was only one word. Try miming Martin Luther or Bart Simpson. It was so much fun and now we're all really familiar with Quirinius now.



On Christmas morning we woke up and started the day with crumpets and sugar and caffiene. Then we decided we could open our presents... it was really strange not having an adult there to tell us we may, and so we feel like real grownups now who are allowed to take presents from the tree on Christmas morning and open them without asking permission. We were so excited by our presents and THANK YOU Gran and Grampa Bartlett and Mom and Dad Bartlett for the presents! Mum and Daddy, we shall do our research and get our present from you soon - and we hope the parcel arrives soon! :)



After presents we started cooking lunch... a long and involved process of making a roast duck. We clearly need to do more research on how to do it properly, but we were pretty happy with our Christmas lunch! In between cooking we also skyped with our families, and it was so great to see grandparents and parents (and a sibling), and chat with them on Christmas.

In the late afternoon Sally and Nebras came to us and we spent the rest of Christmas playing Elfer raus and getting tips from Nebras on how to actually be good at it. From scores as high as 88 in the beginning, we ended the evening with scores quite similar to each other and had clearly improved!



So, all in all a really nice Christmas.

We're so so happy that Jesus came, that he humbles himself so that we can have life - what a miracle! Certainly a birthday worth celebrating!

12 comments:

  1. Isn't Christmas without parents around weird? Yet so sweet at the same time. I'm so glad yall had a lovely Christmas! It looks like it was really awesome! Happy New Year!

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    1. SO weird!! Thanks, have a wonderful 2014 too!

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  2. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas!!! This was the first year I was away from family (either mine or Nate's) and it was bittersweet to realize that I was the adult at Christmas. I hope you have a blessed New Year as well!

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    1. It is really strange suddenly being an adult at Christmas. Even as I grew older I still felt like a child at Christmas time, so it was bittersweet for me too!

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  3. Sounds like you had a splendid time! I was super excited to open presents as well. Without the 'adults' we decided we would break the rules and open on the 24th since we weren't home for the 25th. It was awesome. A roast duck? How yummy!

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    1. It was fun :) My family always opened presents on the 24th, but we decided to save ours for the 25th so that there'd still be some excitement the next day :) But totally practical too if you're not home on the day!

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  4. sounds like a lovely christmas- you'll probably always remember making a duck together (i'm not sure we could do that) :)

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    1. I think so too, it was fun doing it together and definitely less stressful than doing it by myself to feed a crowd. If it didn't work we would've had toast ;)

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  5. We play that game! The one with pieces of paper and multiple rounds! We don't always do with with famous people only, though sometimes we do (it's just that when we play with children they have a harder time knowing all the names, so we stick to nouns). And we've added a 4th round as a new tradition that must have begun some really late night: final round is facial expressions. You can only move your head/face in order to get people to guess the word. It's hilarious.

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    1. It was really tricky with famous people because people that are famous in Egypt, Syria, South Africa and Germany differ a LOT! It meant quite a few politicians were used or people from the Bible because those were more common to us all, but nouns might have been easier for sure! I can just imagine how funny the last round must be... definitely something invented late at night!

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  6. Looks like you two had a great Christmas! I bet those thermoses will come super in handy on those cold German winter days I've seen you talk about! :) Glad you had a merry Christmas...and Happy New Year!

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    1. For sure! Seeing as I'm still battling to stay hydrated they've been really useful - I fill one up and then at least my tea doesn't get cold and I don't have to keep boiling the kettle. 4 flasks a day and I have my 2litres! :)

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