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Good thing you are a fast runner! laugh I would be very sad if you were still over there in a sack.


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Right now, I wouldn't mind being over there in any condition... Major program review has everyone on pins & needles, while I try to stay calm & collected.


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Just have another beer, breath deep, and go within to find your strengths. Want me come over and help with the paperwork?


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Not much paperwork, on my part. Just the overall conduct of the event since our company is hosting in the conference room.


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Well...you are so good at these types of tasks. When all is said and done, hopefully you will feel good about your part in it.


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Back to the Christmas Markets...

What a way to socialize around a table while sipping on gluehwein; then walk the lanes of wooden stalls, making plans of what might satisfy the palate or make an excellent gift.


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What is 'gluehwein? Are the wooden stalls always there or do they put them up just for the Christmas Markets? Did you buy any Christmas ornaments? I bet they had some lovely ones.



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Francine,

My mother has several crystal bird tree ornaments from Germany which a friend brought back for her a few years ago. I put them on Brother's tree when helping him decorate. It was a melancholy, reminiscing evening as we decorated his and Mama's tree. The crystal birds are overlaid with diamond cut pieces of crystal of different colors and are so beautiful, very small, but lovely.

Mama's friend said she purchased them at the Christmas Market. I wonder if they can be ordered online?

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Hi Francine-

Loved the article. I too loved the photos. It entices one to go to Germany just for the market.

I was glad to see your mention of Chicago German Christmas Market. After looking at your pics, I could see that we do a pretty good job mocking the real thing.

I once hosted an outing to the Christmas Market, for German Au Pairs. The girls (and one German mom) were excited to have something that reminded them of home here in the states. Their only complaint, no gluehwein for minors.

Of course, the mom (from Germany) purchased a cup for each girl & I turned my back and let them enjoy that tiny slice of home for a day.

Thanks so much for sharing, that is such a fond memory.


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A bird Christmas ornament is a traditional symbol of joy and happiness in Germany Phyllis, although I can imagine this is not quite how it felt this year for you and your brother.

Christmas and Easter decorations used to be made by farming folk during the winter season when there was nothing to be done outside, and they often rescued birds from the harsh weather and kept them in cages until the spring. Then they were released into the wild again, but in the meantime the farmers began to carve out their images as tree ornaments.

That is a story I was told about their origins as a decoration, but am sure there are many other versions.

The crystal covered birds are beautiful and you are so lucky to have them. Will try and find a supplier for you, it should not be difficult, but they are amazingly expensive because there is a lot of work in them one way or another, they are a 'joy' to have hanging on the tree though. Even more especially when they move a little then sparkle and really catch the light.



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