Yesterday, December 6th, was St. Nikolaus Day in Germany. On the night of December 5th, all the children put their shoes (or usually just one shoe so they don’t appear too greedy!) outside their bedroom door and St. Nikolaus comes during the middle of the night to fill their shoe(s) with candy, small toys, coins, etc. If you’re interested in finding out more about the German tradition of St. Nikolaus Day, I would suggest reading this article.
I had to babysit last night and the children kept asking me what St. Nick brought for me! I told them that St. Nick doesn’t bring gifts for adults because he has to save all of them for the children. I think they believed me…?
Before babysitting yesterday, I got into the Christmas spirit with my friend, Greg. I had planned to have a studious day in Starbucks for the entire afternoon before having to babysit but how can you resist a text that says, “Want to decorate a Christmas tree at my house?” Ummm, the answer is always “Yes!” The amount of Christmas spirit I have is a little over-the-top and Greg is almost as enthusiastic about Christmas as I am (because honestly, no one can match my Christmas spirit). One of the things I love most about Germany is the country’s love for Advent. Everyone is just so happy…eating yummy food, drinking warm drinks, decorating like crazy, giving that extra smile throughout the day, and the Christmas music.
Well, I think Greg and I needed to be taught the basics of decorating a Christmas tree. First, we forgot to test all the lights before we put them on the tree. We got so excited to turn on the lights…and only 1 out of the 4 strands worked…oops! We also didn’t initially have enough ornaments and didn’t have a tree topper. Fail.
Luckily, we went to a local department store and spent wayyyyyyy too much money on Christmas tree decorations (don’t worry, his fraternity covers the costs!). I managed to convince him that getting fake snow to spray on the tree was essential. We also had a bit of a debate over a tree topper (he wanted this weird pointy thing and I insisted that you must use a star!). Don’t worry, even though we ended up buying both tree toppers, mine won out in the end : )
Well, after listening to entire list of Christmas carols, the Christmas tree was decorated. I have to say, I think it looks pretty good! : ) A bit of a fat/plump tree, but quite gorgeous!