Christmas… part 1

Two days before Christmas we were able to move into our house in Starnberg. First things first, the girls had been dying to go out and play in the snow. So they got all decked out in their snow gear and headed out into the backyard.           



Of course Dad had to get in on the action.

Watch out everyone. Here come the snowballs.


Lauren trying to fight back.
Now it's getting serious.
Payback time! Notice John is begging her not to do it.


After some time out in the snow, we had to decided which girl got which room. Never easy. Someone is always dissapointed. Then we crazily put our stuff away so we could get ready for Christmas.  I went to the grocery store armed with my German/English dictionary to try and find the things I needed for Christmas dinner. It  took me 30 minutes just to find the yeast. Next, I drove into Munich (my first time driving in Germany, scary!) to buy Christmas ornaments, lights and a tree stand.  We didn’t bring any of that stuff with us, which was pretty silly since we had plenty of room in our shipment.          

John and I went out on Christmas Eve to find some PJs for Emily and Cailyn, and to find a tree. We stopped at a cute childrens clothing store in Starnberg. When I asked where the pijamas were she pointed over to a shelf where they were organized by size (european sizes). I had no idea what size to get them. To make things worse they were all packaged up with no pictures, so I had no idea what they looked like. Then I saw the price and I just about passed out… 60 euro a pair! Ouch!  There was no way we would be able to make it to another store since they were all closing early, so we guessed on sizes and picked their pijamas based on color. One thing done. Now we just needed to get a tree.          

We stopped at a local tree stand that still had quite a few trees left. I guess its pretty normal to get your tree on Christmas Eve here.  We looked around and found a tree that we liked and John went over to the sales man to ask how much it was. Who knew that trees cost a small fortune here? Wow!! But we wanted to have a somewhat normal Christmas for the girls, so we decided to get it. John and I put all our cash together and we were short by a little. The sales man was very nice, and took less for the tree as long as we promised to visit the local pizzaria that he owned.          

When we got home, we set up the tree and then the girls opened the gifts they had gotten for each other at the Christmas market.          


Cailyn bought Sara this beautiful glass bell.
Emily bought Cailyn two hand blown glass ornament. The one she is holding and one shaped like a bird.
Here is the ornament that Lauren bought for Emily.
Sara bought a wooden snowman ornament and a nutcracker ornament for Lauren. Lauren decided that the nutcrackers name was Mr. Bedhead.
Lauren desperately wanted an apple ornament that she had seen at the Christmas market. Why? We don't know, but Sara was nice enough to get it for her.


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