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.