Frohes Fest!

Happy Holidays to Family and Friends Far and Near!

Every year since we’ve been married, I’ve sent out a holiday letter, which for the past decade has also included a photo of our beautiful child(ren). This year, since most of our family and friends are far, rather than near, and because I have this handy blog, I’m sending a whole set of photos, but not much of a letter.

The German Christmas holidays officially begin with the opening of the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market), which generally starts the week before the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a much larger event here, with Advent calendars of every size, shape and form. Thus, I’ve structured my photo gallery much like an Advent calendar, with 24 photos showing our lead-up to Christmas (click on one to browse a close-up slideshow). There’s a bonus feature at the end for those of you who make it through the pictures.

The day after Christmas, we take an overnight train to Italy. We’ll spend New Year’s Eve in Rome. When we return, Greta hopes to have time to write a post about her impressions celebrating the holidays here in Europe.

Until then, we wish all of you much Joy, Peace and Hope during these holidays and in the New Year to come. Thank you for following our story, and for your love and support this year and always.

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5 Responses to Frohes Fest!

  1. corene says:

    What wonderful photos! I always look forward so much to your end-of-year round-up letter and photo, but understandably the logistics of sending from Europe would be too much.

    Rome! So jealous! Have a great holiday, and when you are in Rome, promise me that you guys will go eat a meal at L’Orso 80. It’s a restaurant that Margot introduced me to in 2004 (that one of her sisters introduced her to), they have a special where they basically bring you dish after dish of whatever antipasti the chef is making that night until you scream “basta!” It’s delicious. It’s in the center of Rome not to far from the Piazza Navona and across the river from the Vatican. Address is Via dell’Orso, 33. Oh, and a site that might be fun for the kids is visiting the catacombs south of Rome. They have a really cool tour where they take you through all the underground caves. It’s a little off the beaten track and you’d have to take a cab or bus to get there. The cats and guys dressed as gladiators at the Colosseum may entrance the kids more than the ruins themselves. They also might like the Etruscan Museum in Villa Giulia, and if it’s nice weather you can make them run around Borghese Park, it’s nice to take a break there.

  2. ruthhardy says:

    Thanks, Corene! We’ve added you suggestions to our “Hardy-Mittell Plans in Rome List!” We’ll report back on how things go…Frohe Weihnachten!

  3. Donna MacKenzie says:

    Bravo, Anya! So lovely! We miss you so, but are enjoying your adventurers almost as much as you… Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Love, Mrs. MacKenzie xoxo

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