Lordy be, children. I thought October/November was busy but December has showed no signs of slowing down.
As I mentioned in my last post, we finally took a trip back home. We would have preferred to go home for Christmas but flights were 3x more expensive annnnnnd mama poor so we settled for Thanksgiving. The trip was a bit of a whirlwind and of course went by way too fast.
It all started with my loves meeting us at the airport (honestly, the best thing ever) who then whisked us away so that we could see as many of our friends as possible. The days that followed were full of much needed family time, crab cakes, trips to Target, and turkey. It was really so SO so great to see everyone. Next trip, we hope to see more of you and spend more time with you (*cough* or come visit! *cough*)!
It’s been hitting me lately how tough this Christmas is going to be, as its the first one we are celebrating without our families. Luckily, we are very fortunate to have our Munich family and Christmas markets to help us get through the season. I have been dying to check out these markets since we first moved here and if you love Christmas as I do, or are even just lukewarm to the holiday, they are the best. The best. The best. The best.
Christmas markets are generally comprised of a few glühwein (mulled wine) stands nestled within a smattering of huts selling ornaments, mittens, nativity scenes, trinkets, etc. The atmosphere is always joyful and fun and I am very much in love with them. The only thing that would make them more perfect is if Mariah Carey followed me around singing ‘All I Want For Christmas is Youuuuuuuuu.’
As part of my ‘Must-See-All-The-Christmas-Markets-In-Existence’ mission, we popped over to Innsbruck in Austria last weekend with some of our friends. The town may be small but it was a Christmas market heaven snuggled between the Austrian alps. Every street you walked down had a different market and it was absolutely delightful.
In addition to getting our holiday on, we also stopped by a bar called Tribaun that featured several Austrian craft beers on tap. And I have to admit…the Austrians do craft beer so much better than the Germans. Shh, don’t tell them.
We will have one relatively quiet weekend and then next week, we are off to Madrid for a few days. My birthday is on the 21st and I want to celebrate by drinking Spanish wine and eating as many tapas as my belly will allow. Luckily its super cheap to go there right now (because…cold.) so birthday wishes do come true.
I hope you are all having a great holiday season so far and if you find yourself wanting to see more timely updates on how Europe does Christmas, follow me on Instagram where I plan on flooding your feeds with joy and merriment.