Christmas... was so long ago. Really. We celebrated on the evening of the 24th by eating, going walking, visiting with people, eating, opening gifts at my grandparents' home, opening gifts in our home, going to church, and eating, more or less in that order. (The Christkind, an angel-like child that delivers the gifts, puts up & decorates the tree, and enters through the window, visited us twice.) The Christmas tree was lit with real candles, which was absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed everything, but as I have said before, it was still odd for me. On the 25th, we all went downstairs in our pajamas and looked terrible while we ate breakfast (and I opened the gifts from my blood-related family - thank you!) as I said was required for an American Christmas morning.
For New Year's, we made lucky pigs & mushrooms out of marzipan! (What, you didn't know they were lucky?) Here is a sample of a few of them:
I have also begun learning to ski! It is harder than it looks at the beginning, but, of course, becomes progressively better. I have now been 4 times, and have had excellent teachers!
|My first time - looking much more professional than it actually was!|
|3rd time, at the bottom of the hill we were on, with my aunt, who is one of my teachers :)|
Confused my the tipi/tepee/however-you-spell-it? Yeah, me, too.
|Tried this afterwards - and. it. is. good. I'm not really sure how to describe it, other than to say it was cake-y with a blueberry filling and the sauce you see is vanilla.|
|Some of the lanterns...|
|A car's headlights here allow you to get a better idea of the proportions of the hats...|
|It had really snowed while we were out!|
Happy New Year!