Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Weekend of... Jingle Bells!

It was such a good weekend that I ended up having a super-busy day yesterday, which is why I'm only writing today :) Good sign, right?

On Friday night was "Marburg b(u)y night", where the Christmas market kicked off with shops open til midnight and the town all beautifully lit up.

It was rainy and cold (of course), but that didn't damped the mood... although getting poked by umbrellas did every now and then. Everything smelled so good and warm pancakes and roasted nuts help keep warm!

We walked around the Obenstadt and then down to Elizabeth Kirche and down another main road all lit up.

The Christmassy stalls were fun to look through and I loved the paper star lights! 


We walked up to the castle to see the view and the castle lit up. I found the colours a bit garish and casino-y, but it was pretty anyway, and walking around at the castle was romantic enough :)
We then went into the St Marien Luthera Pfarrkirche which was lit up inside too. We were just in time for a choir to begin and were surprised when their first song was "Zulu Mama" and they then carried on with songs from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Brazil, Ireland and Germany. It was nearly 11pm when they finished and I loved "thula mama" (here's a version). 

We then did our late night shopping of buying oats and milk (because we could!) and headed home. 


On Saturday we went out to the market again to look for a pretty wreath, but were disappointed by how expensive they are. That evening we went to the theatre to watch "momo" which was a really sweet and funny kids play with a message for everybody about time and how precious it is and how to spend it well with those you love. At least that's what I got from it! Afterwards we went to somebody's flat to hang out and drink warm punch and try all sorts of Christmassy tasting things. It was so much fun and cosy! 

Sunday was the first of Advent and I could finally use the calendar I made! Hooray! 


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yep, we have a glove instead of a boot or stocking, and it goes til the 25th. Rebels we are.

We went to the earlier church service, and then ended up going for a really looooong walk home all because there's a hill on our usual way that I really hate and I hoped to catch a bus. It was an invigorating walk though, and along the way we found some branches that had already been cut, so we collected some twigs and leaves to decorate. Malcolm did such a great job at making the wreath! 


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That afternoon we went to the Church service with loads of cake up here in Richtsberg and had such a good time being with friends and worshipping together, and then after supper went to friends in the building for a chocolate and fruit fondu. So delicious!

It was a busy weekend and I'm grateful for all the time we could spend together and all the things going on to keep us busy! :)

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that really looks like a lot of lights! And those star lights really are so pretty! And now it's already the 3rd of December--I feel like this month is going to fly by!

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    1. Lots and lots of lights for sure! And yes, half way to Christmas!!! :D

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  2. So pretty! I love all these blogs showing Christmas traditions in other countries. x

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    1. Me too, so many bloggers in Germany especially!

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  3. I'm with you, the lights are a bit much, but it's a beautiful place! Love the wreath!! It turned out beautifully!!

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    1. I'm quite proud of Malcolm and that wreath! :D

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  4. Looks like a wonderful weekend! You have a great Christmas sprit!

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    1. Can't help it, Germany goes all out for it!

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  5. we went to a german market in chicago over the weekend that looks pretty similar to this -- kind of like we were doing the same thing at the same time :)

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  6. Hi Erica, such a wonderful, fun and festive weekend you had! The Marburg Chrismast market photos really set the mood for the holiday. I'd love to get one of those pretty paper starlights. Beautiful job on the wreath. Definitely more meaningful that you guys made it yourselves than buying those fancy expensive ones. I adore you Christmas glove and calendar. You guys are so crafty!

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    1. Marburg seems to go all out for it! The paper stars are so beautiful... I'm desperate for one! Might have to make one ;)

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  7. Sounds like you had a good weekend. Love the colorful church pictures!

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    1. The lights in the church were amazing!

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  8. That sounds like a perfect night shopping experience!

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    1. Oh definitely! Even the cold wasn't too bad! :)

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