Monday, November 24, 2008

A great way to start off the holiday season!

Once again we headed over to the Germania Society's Christkindlmarkt for their weekend festival getting ready for the Christmas season. Saturday night we met up with Joe, Missy & J.T. and participated in their lantern parade. It was freezing! but the kids seemed pretty excited to be holding the colorful Chinese lanterns with a lighted candle inside. Saturday we went back with Katie, Grandma & Grandpa R., and Aunt Erin & Uncle Joe.

They have lots of booths with decorations, clothing, toys, coo-coo clocks, pyramids and linens, among other things, for sale. The boys weren't too interested in that stuff. They much prefer seeing the performances put on my little kids doing German dances or the tall guy dressed like an elf doing a juggling act. And they like to try all the different food! Although not all that ethnic, their favorite had to be the decorate-it-yourself sugar cookies. Ugh. I have a sweet tooth and couldn't stomach the inch of icing topped with m&ms, sprinkles, red hots, and whatever else they crammed on there.

Charlie hanging out with Reba the goat.

Katie and Louie checking out one of the sheep.

Benny petting the bunny. I heard a girl call it Thumper, but the boys insisted on calling it Spot. Or Brown Spots. Or Spotty.

Charlie shrieked with joy around the baby turkeys. Didn't touch them. It was enough just to be surrounded.

The boys love life music and this guy was no exception. Later, he gave them rings with bells and had them particpate while he played Jingle Bells.

Not a great picture, but the boys had a great time being pulled in a carriage by two big ol' horses. Being the polite little gentleman they are, after the ride was over they yelled to the driver, "THANKS DRIVER!" Well, it was funny at the time.

One of the many delicacies: limburger cheese sandwiches. When I was little I was subjected to many occasions of my dad, grandpa and uncles eating these things. Maybe this is a higher quality cheese because even with my super-sonic sense of smell it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Joe is in the background showing what he thinks of it.

Charlie decided to start off a little lighter--with a hot pretzel. Me, I like the roasted almonds...mmm...the scent of cinnamon was calling me.

The boys were indeed mesmerized by the Frisch Marionettes. I thought some were pretty creepy, but the guy is really talented. Kevin and I were very proud of Lou and Ben. You can see their heads there in the front. Three boys were up at the stage blocking their view most of the time. The guy running the show had to tell them to back off a couple of times. Very surprised they didn't get a swift punch in the gut.

A great ending to a great day! The boys were loving the playground. Charlie gets such a kick out of doing things his brothers do. No reason to have "baby" toys around. They don't get used by this guy.

So this is how we begin the holiday season. Oh, I forgot to mention that they have a tent filled with just tvs for watching college football. Michigan-Ohio State; UC-Pittsburgh; Notre Dame-Syracuse, etc. We didn't do a whole lot of that, but if German fare and entertainment aren't up your alley, the Germania Society has thought of other things to do. Needless to say, it's a lot of fun.

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