Merry Christmas to all!
Maybe it's a bit technically late to greet but as our elders would say, make every day a Christmas day. :) And... nope. This is not just an excuse to write a super late blog. :D I was meaning to write something about my Europe Christmas. But with so much going on and before Christmas, I can only write text messages of greetings. Since today is throwback Thursday, I think it's just a perfect time to reminisce last year's Christmas.
Although I look forward to spending Christmas in Europe with all those snows and Christmas trees, also dread the time that I have to spend away from my family. You see, this would just be the second time that I'll be spending it away from my family. The first time was because of work. For us, and I guess for people in general, this time has always been about bonding and sharing time with the family. The first time was difficult but I have also people around who also have to spend away time from their families. I guess, that's what made it less difficult. But for this instance, I have to spend it with a different family and the culture that I'm not so familiar with.
Curry Wurst meet-up at a Christmas Market
|Thanks for these! :)|
After our little detour at Basel, we head on to our destination. During this road trip, it's confirmed that Germans love their cars and they love speed. I know that 230kph is beyond normal for me. Anyways, the more important thing is that we arrived home safely.
Meeting the Parents
It was already dark when we arrived at Walldorf. It was only when we were just 7 minutes to destination (based on the car's GPS) that I had a little panic. I just remembered what my friend said about “meeting the parents” in Europe. Unlike for us, Filipinos, guys are required to meet the girl's parents first before any relationship starts. And in Europe, it's vice-versa... it means the relationship is serious. For some reason this had never came to my mind before. My mind had a little bit of panic mode. Eventually, I settled myself to my purpose of coming... that is, to experience Europe... and this can also entail meeting people. It just so happened that it's his parents.
I had a warm welcome. And I'm glad that they understand English... that means I can easily express myself. One of the traits that's so Filipino is our hospitality. And this is something that we usually expect from others and get disappointed if it was otherwise. And I think my initial panic was if I would feel welcome. And I did. And more importantly, it felt like home. And since then, I'm already curious how it will feel like spending Christmas with them.
A Real Christmas Tree
|Ahmm.. yeah, REAL tree.|
In the Philippines, and coming from a big family, Christmases and just about any occasion felt like a big gathering. Kids and kids at heart alike getting excited for their gifts, games kids play, and of course the caroling. In short, its always a festive event... whether there's a crisis or not.
|My flowery Christmas sweets... traditional Filipino biko.|
We spend Christmas eve with a nice and fun dinner. And after that, just spend some quiet time to enjoy the company and enjoy the night. It's heartwarming to be in a company of people where a few weeks before were total strangers. It's refreshing to see them exchange and opened some gifts... and trying to discern what the thing is for. I even got some presents from them. :) If there's a gift that I would have given them that night, it would have been a carol. Music has been one of the things that I've missed about home. But singing a song would have made me cried at that moment. I'll be more prepared to do it next time. :D