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Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming

I was just about to title this post “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and then I realized that my Christmas post last year had that exact same title. Looks like I haven’t gotten any more creative with my blogging this year 🙂

Anyway, back to the actual topic: I started the Christmas season early and finished my Christmas cookies in November already because I wanted to have them ready for our US trip. It took me 2 full weekends plus a few weeknights of baking, but I’m quite proud of the result. 8 different kind is a new record for me! I still have a long way to go to reach my mom’s 17 kinds, but I’m slowly improving 😉

Thorben went on a business trip to Germany in November and brought back some Gingerbread, Spekulatius and goodies from my mom, so we were ready to get festive. When we came back home on December 1st, all that was left to do was get some Christmas decoration and start eating all the cookies.

… which is exactly what we did on our first weekend back. We had little Advent tea at our place on December 7 and ate our way through a few plates of cookies.

Since then, there were quite a few Christmas parties or holiday themed events here: A GGI gift exchange, an Italian aperetivo, a trip to the Christmas market that turned into a Raclette and mulled wine night because there was a massive queue to get into the market, a small Christmas dinner with friends, a very big Christmas dinner with a Secret Santa and drinks afterwards, another Christmas get together with hot chocolate, games and movies and then we hosted a dinner at our place followed by cookies on Sunday.

The Christmas season in Shanghai was really fun and festive and definitely got me in the mood for more. Tonight, we’re flying to Germany for some more holiday spirit and of course to celebrate Christmas with our families!

See you in 2020, Shanghai!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

On Sunday it was the first of advent and I was ready! Over the course of 3 weekends, I managed to make 6 types of Christmas cookies. A big thanks to my little elves Tim and Ellie, who made the baking even more fun!

Before going to Chifan for Charity a couple weeks ago, Tim and I made Nugatstangen and Orangenplätzchen. I finished the glazing and chocolate dipping on Sunday and also made Walnussbusserl.

The weekend after, I didn’t just bake pumpkin pies and pumpkin cookies for Thanksgiving, but also made Kokosmakronen on Saturday and Nuss-Marzipantaler on Sunday :).

Last week Ellie visited us for 4 days and we had a busy itinerary: Getting jianbing (repeatedly), enjoying her homemade scones, going to brunch, dinners and a comedy show. We also got to work and made a big batch of doppelt gefüllte Mürbchen with my mom’s amazing jam.

We finished them Saturday morning, so just in time for December and the first of advent! There is also a little advent decoration in our living room, so lots of holiday spirit all around. And of course the advent calendar my mom made me helps with that, too!

On Sunday, Boramy hosted a crafting afternoon, including Christmas tree decorating, Christmas music and hot chocolate. I supplied the cookies of course! We got very into the crafting and made some pretty awesome Christmas cards and gift labels, if I may say so myself 🙂

So that was Part I of the Christmas season in Shanghai. Up next: A “Boozy Christmas Sweater Making” class with Boramy tonight! Can’t wait!

Christmas season in Shanghai

Christmas season in Shanghai

After coming back from Singapore I was a little sad about our lack of anything Christmas. We do live in Shanghai so that was easy to fix 🙂

You can have a Christmas tree delivered, but spending 100 Euros and then not even being there for Christmas seemed a bit excessive. So to cheer me up after my little “Oh my god, we have no decoration, no advent calendars, no chocolates and are missing out on all the fun at home” freak-out, Thorben ordered an advent wreath. It makes our apartment look much more festive, especially with the big chocolate Santa next to it that the Nikolaus brought me on December 6 :). We now also have an advent calendars with Luebecker Marzipan which a trainer from Germany brought. All the malls are decorated and are playing Christmas music, which makes the holiday shopping feel almost like at home.

In addition to the decoration and Christmas shopping we also engaged in other holiday appropriate activities.

Raclette

Raclette is our typical Christmas dinner – I may have to fight my sisters on that every year who strangely believe Fondue is also a good option – and in my opinion you can never have enough of it, so I was very excited to find out that a French restaurant close to us offers it every Sunday in the winter. It was amazing and a perfect finish for the first of advent.

Christmas cookies

The most important thing to have for the Christmas season are of course homemade cookies. Thorben brought a box of my mom’s cookies with him from his last business trip to Germany and I decided to also bake some. I  wasn’t really prepared but luckily there is Epermarket, an expat online grocery store, where I got cookie cutters and the ingredients. We finished the first and second batch – Husarenkrapfen and Orangenplaetzchen – just in time for the first of advent. Thorben even helped me bake, maybe not quite voluntarily but because I insisted that he needed to help me with the holiday spirit 🙂 Pearl came over last weekend to bake the third kind and my favorite ones: Doppelt gefuellte Muerbchen. They all turned out tasty but pretty massive, especially compared to my mom’s pretty, tiny ones :).

Christmas market

There are several Christmas markets in Shanghai and we went to one with some friends on Friday. It was organized by a German restaurant, so it was a traditional Christkindlmarkt 🙂 It was pretty small but had the most important things: Sausages, fries and Gluehwein 🙂 (And even some booths that sold nice decorations and scarfs) Last Friday was a very cold day, around 0 degrees, so the “Kinderpunsch” tasted very good 🙂

Overall, the holiday season has been pretty fun and wasn’t super sad and depressing like I originally thought. However, I can’t wait to get on a plane tonight, see everyone and experience the real thing 🙂

See you in 2018, Shanghai!