Monday, December 21, 2009

Freunde, Geschenke und eine Weihnachtsparty.

[ Friends, Gifts and a Christmas Party ]

I have met some great friends while studying in Göttingen, some from around Germany and some in the same position as me struggling with German everyday, living abroad from around Europe through the Erasmus program. The faces will be recognizable from our many spontaneous trips together over the past few weeks, and before we all went our separate ways for the holiday break, we got together to celebrate Christmas our own way.

We all brought fun, semi-homemade gifts for each other, food and desserts to pass and heated up the pot of Glühwein complete with the spices. Even just being in one of the student housing buildings, it still felt so festive with everyone sharing big hugs, brushing the snow off their hair coming through the door with cheerful, "Merry Christmas'! " just like the big family that we have become.

The night was filled with laughs, great stories about how the holidays are just a bit different everywhere else - in Germany, Hungary, Spain, Italy - as well as my unique mix of Polish and American traditions.

The gift giving brought out the best from our inside jokes - mine especially could only be understood within our group, but let me assure you, it is priceless.

Christmas is just days away, but spending it here surrounded by so many different traditions and languages, all within the perfect Christmas setting of Göttingen covered in snow and lit up by the Weihnachtsmarkt, has made me so appreciative of the great friends I have and not only what I am learning here, but sharing as well.

Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket,
Froehliche Weihnachten
Buone Feste Natalizie
Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas!


  1. little trick i learned in class the other day:

    partei - political party
    party - celebration type party

  2. It sounds great!!!
    From Seri