It's Christmas Eve!! And a beautiful day here in Augsburg. The SUN was out today! That is a first in the 9 days since we arrived. It was quite warm, up to about 55* F. Brad left before we were up to get fresh bread, rolls and pretzels. And he brought me home the most adorable Christmas flower ever!
I made a cake, after a bit of trouble! (American cake mix + German measuring cups + German oven = a bit of stress.) It all worked out and tasted good!
|Nothing some frosting and sprinkles can't hide!|
|Rathaus (City hall)|
|Paper star lanterns at a booth|
|Huge pyramid spinny thing|
We came home and ate lunch and got ready for our Christmas Eve celebration with the Papsdorfs: Soeren, Anja and Antonia who is 4. They invited us to a church service and then dinner with them at their house. A real German Christmas Eve!
The church was incredibly old and beautiful. Very ornate. Look!
|Balcony and organ|
|One of many sculptures on the wall|
For me, the most beautiful moment was singing Stille Nacht (Silent Night). An incredibly beautiful church, huge Christmas tree all lit up, and even though the words were in German, the tune is the same. It brought tears to my eyes! I was once again reminded of how blessed we are to have such an amazing opportunity.
After the service, we went on a short hike to look for Santa. This is something Anja always did as a kid and they now do with Antonia. We hiked under a little bridge thing and found a shrine in the middle of nowhere.
Seriously, can you believe this was our day? So cool!
Next we went back to the Papsdorf's house. Santa had come! Antonia had a really cool new palace for her Fillies (German pony toys.) Santa knew our girls would be there, too and they had some gifts!!
|Classic present opening pic! (plus red nose from cold)|
|Beautiful table with the advent candle arrangement made by Anja|