When lacking in the holiday spirit

Today was Easter – Happy Easter to you all!  This is the most enthusiasm I have mustered all day, if I am honest.  Why?  I realized that today was a holiday, and while we love holidays, today we were not in the mood.  The kids were initially excited and happy about Easter baskets and a…

Fasching 2014

What is fasching?  Compare it to Mardi Gras, Carnivale, etc.  In Germany, this season last from 11 November at 23:11 at night (11-11-11, to be exact) and ends with Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent.  Each area celebrates in their own way.  I did not realize that the season lasted this long.  When we lived…

Weihnachtsmarkt/German Christmas markets

Ah, Christmas….I love this time of year.  The lights, the festivities, the food, the smells, and the joys of experiencing all these things with your family.  Germany, like many countries in Europe, is really big on Christmas.  There are markets, or weihnachtsmarkts, all over the country.  The larger markets commence with the beginning of the…