I just spent 6 months of my life in Germany. Is this even real? My life is a dream! Everything is so beautiful here during Christmas. I know E V E R Y German missionary says that their city is the best for Christmas, but I must be very serious for a moment. My city is the best for Christmas. Our nickname is ‘Christmas Town’. Erzgiberg is known for Christmas traditions. That is all people talk about the whole year, and now I actually get to experience it.
A member took us to the Christmas market right next to our lovely Baroque castle. When we went inside the church, she loudly informed us to cover our name tags so that the church police don’t get mad at us for taking pictures and being spies. Uhh…what?! Haha, well I was a rebel and took pictures WITHOUT covering my name tag. And guess what? No church police got after me.
We then walked the overly crowded streets smelling all the tasty aromas. The member kept using her umbrella to point things out to us and almost take people out. It’s a miracle no one was injured in the process. Can that count as my miracle for the week? haha. When we stopped to listen to the old band of miners, an older man started up a conversation with Sister Hansen. He pretty much said he was looking for a wife with blue eyes like hers and asked her about her relationship status. Clearly the man had too much Glühwein or some spiked Kinderpunsch. Luckily, I was there to protect my companion from danger and we fled from the scene. (okay, actually the member just got cold and told us to hold on to her umbrella like a leash and follow her.)
Another wonderful experience here is seeing all the Schwippbogens. Every window in every house has a Schwibbogen. This is a really old tradition that started with minors. When the minors would go to work it would be dark, and by the time they got home, the sun would also be down. People placed Schwippbogens in their windows to give the Minors light and hope. It showed them that someone was waiting for them. I’ve been thinking a lot about Schwippbogens and how they relate to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Even though we have times where we feel like minors in total darkness, Christ is our light. He is always there, glowing and giving us hope. This Christmas season, let us remember that He came to this world for us. He died for us. He loves each of us so much, and his light, like the Schwippbogen’s, is always there.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful wintery week filled with snow. There’SNOWay I am going to have a bad week here. #lamepuns #barewithme Good luck to all my friends taking their finals. I love you all!
posted by Splendidly Sar