If you guys thought Christmas in South Africa was big….you have not experienced anything like this.
We are amateurs when it comes to festive bling – whether on trees, in the house, in the yard or on the roof. Lights are put up in November already. Some have real Christmas trees (moi being one of them) and these are adorned before you’ve even realised its the advent of the Festive Season. Stars or candles are placed in windows and serve as a welcoming beacon for anyone returning home from work (its dark at 5 pm already, you know)
Nativity features are HUGE. But one does not get a sense of competing ego’s – people seem to do it coz’ they want to. Not to keep up with Norbert, Hubert or Sarah.
We went for a walk-about the other night (had too much to eat, had to walk it off, and this in minus-temps) and were absolutely amazed at the lengths some people go to. Some are gaudy (not my taste) and some really beautiful and tastefully done.
Don’t get me wrong, if I had the money, I would probably also buy about 3,000 Euro’s worth of bling for my garden. But I don’t. And I actually caught myself just feeling slightly miffed that I couldn’t bling my garden like that. Ah well. There’s always the end-of-season sales. Lets hope there’s something left…
Every shop, nook and cranny that can accommodate Christmas goodies are overloaded with such a variety, you wouldn’t know where to start or to look. Even the local Hardware store had me flummoxed. I was starstruck. I fully intended to buy some lights or stars or SOMETHING, but I just couldn’t make up my mind, so I left empty handed. Oh, and I couldn’t afford half of it!! lol
We decided to rather take our chances at the Christmas Market – Germany is famed for their Weihnachtsmarkten. Everyone has been gaaning-aan about it, so of course we MUST go check it out. We will be doing that tomorrow. And of course, it’s not really (just) the Glühwein that’s drawing me like a fly….I have some gifts to buy and some bling too…
We will be going to the Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg, visited by thousands of tourists every year. And lucky for us, it is just a few kilometres from us (brag brag ;-)). Not that Erlangen doesn’t have one. It’s just Mickey Mouse compared to Nürnberg…
I will post some pictures of the gardens (need to download them first, and for that I need to find the bloody cable. Grrr) and maybe also some of the Christmas Market
In the meantime, have a fab weekend!