Q-te Christmas

Christmas is over but the holiday season isn’t and I couldn’t pass this up. I guess I’m stuck on Q. And these might not be my last entries for the letter. I have a couple more up my sleeve, depending on the weather and riding conditions on the trails.

Christmas Eve is the big event here but the plans fell through due to Corona. The celebration was planned at my daughter-in-law’s who had two vaccinations and an appointment for the third. However, two days prior to Christmas she was tested positive. Quarantine – I could have done without this Q! A disappointment for all of us. However, on the 25th we cycled to Starnberg for a brief holiday get-together with family. It was unseasonably warm and the threatened rain never came. We had a happy visit and an enjoyable ride.

We planned the route so as to avoid muddy paths in the forest except for approximately 100 meters that were unavoidable. Even when there is little traffic, the main road for car traffic to Starnberg doesn’t feel safe on a bike. We don’t usually ride past this little idyllic spot on the Würm.

I would like to call this a Quagmire.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

9 response to "Q-te Christmas"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 26, 2021

    Today — early in the morning, the snow began here! It continues as I type, and then temps in low 20s for the following few days will ensure that I will not be riding my bike. And that could mean the end of my riding for 2021 😏🤨😢.

    My Dad being from Denmark, we at home always did Christmas Eve which seemed so different from other families. Then I find that Susan’s family whose Dad was German (though not from Germany) did the same thing. So that is what I have done just about all my life. I love it too. Sorry you had some Covid hit your family, and hopefully no serious illness comes from it.

    Love your Q-wreath.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: December 27, 2021

      I like celebrating on Christmas Eve, too. Something special about it being dark outside and inside you have a lit Christmas tree. We always used real candles.

      Daughter-in-law is doing better now.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: December 26, 2021

    As a kid, my family always made Christmas Eve the big celebration too. I don’t really know why–no European influences were ever mentioned–but that’s what we did. The Feeshko’s family, on the other hand, always made their big day on Christmas Day.

    I do remember one very European tradition from our Christmas Eve celebrations though. My maternal grandparents were Swedish and we always had pickled herring on the table. They called it something like “guffelbeeta.” To this day I still like that raw, pickled fish. I won’t eat lutefisk though.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 27, 2021

      My Dad was Danish, and he/we had the same tradition of pickled herring for New Year’s Day!! Would bring good luck we were told — as an incentive I suppose, but I continue to like pickled herring ;’-). The tradition has not continued however.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2021

      Okay, I have to get in on this, too. My grandmother was born in America to Ukrainian parents. Pickled herring was a big thing at Christmas for us, too. I don’t remember the Ukrainian word for it, though. I was all about the pascka bread.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 26, 2021

    Good you got some celebrating in — hope DIL turns out fine.
    Like the wreath and the quagmire — I thought I heard there is/was a candy cane shortage here due to the lack of peppermint?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: December 27, 2021

      We have gotten our celebrating in – but kind of stretched out. Just one family at a time, no big get-togethers. My daughter-in-law is better now, it was like a bad case of the flu.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2021

    Very good Q’s! Sorry that one of them had to be related to the dreaded virus, but good to hear your daughter-in-law is doing better. I’m glad you had decent enough weather to ride, too! We always had Christmas Eve at my grandparents house with one whole side of the family. My maternal grandmother was American-born Ukrainian so there were lots of eastern European traditions and foods on Christmas Eve. Christmas day was just at home opening stockings.

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