Believe it or not, I really do have a life that has nothing to do with plastic! (Or, should I say, plastic-free.) Am I allowed to write about stuff on here that has nothing to do with plastic? Well, I suppose it’s my blog, so I can if I want!
Christmas is right around the corner! Normally I’m not really into Christmas. It just never really *feels* like Christmas used to when I was a kid. But this year, for who-knows-what reason, I’ve got a major dose of the Christmas spirit! I don’t know what’s come over me! I’m so happy to see the decorations in store windows, to hear carols playing in the coffee shop, etc. I’ve already got my Christmas lights up and have watched a few Christmas movies!
Today was supposed to be the opening day of the Vancouver Christmas Market (unfortunately there was a fire this morning that has pushed opening ceremonies back until next week). The VCM is a traditional German Christmas market. Vendors are coming from Germany as well as the German community around BC. I can’t wait!
I have a slight obsession with German stuff. I love the food, the language, the architecture, the culture, the movies, the traditions… I have a deep interest in WWII (although that probably comes more from my interest in Jewish history), but I’m sure you know that my loyalties are *not* with the German government on that matter! This winter I am finally going to take German language lessons. I’ve wanted to do this for years but for one reason or another, it’s never happened.
People always ask me about my interest in German films, language, etc. I think it’s most likely because of my heritage (my family is German, as anyone can tell by my obviously-German surname). I remember this interest as far back as grade six when I started learning about Germany at school.
So, this interest in Germany is probably why I’m so stoked for Christmas and the German Christmas Market here in Vancouver! I’m bummed about the delayed opening, but hopefully this time next week I’ll be enjoying Christmas carols, lights, brataepfel (baked apples with vanilla sauce, cinnamon and raisins) and Feuerzangenbowle (sugar flambéed with rum and dripped into mulled wine).
PS – I’ll be taking my own bottle, glass straw, dish and cutlery so as to avoid any waste, plastic or otherwise!