Yesterday my family and I put up our Christmas tree. As we were hanging each Christmas ornament, we remembered where we were when we got it. I can name every occasion that occurred and trip we took when we picked up each ornament. This is such a special time for us as a family. We put a fire in the fireplace, turn on some Christmas music and decorate the tree while we remember where each ornament came from.
As I hung the six or seven ornaments (I’ll admit…it is a problem!)that I picked up at Christmas markets in Europe on our 2008 trip, it made me think about all those booths getting ready to open up right now. We had so much fun wandering Christmas Markets in Vienna, Innsbruck, Garmisch, Munich, and Salzburg. I couldn’t get enough of them: the cheery bright lights, the marzipan in beautiful shapes lined up in rows, the Christmas music in different languages, and the pretzels bigger than my son’s head!
I am so very excited because just recently we decided that our next major trip is going to be to return to those Christmas markets in Europe (I am hoping for a side trip to Italy this time!) for Christmas 2011. We are excited to spend Christmas with my dad and stepmom again, jump in the snow and learn more about Germany. It is more than a year away, but I am going to try to be patient!
Stop by Mara’s at Mother of All Trips to see what other people are dreaming about on this Monday!