Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sharing the Christmas Spirit

We invited both sets of neighbors over for dinner last night, and really enjoyed sharing some good ol, typical American food with them, including roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, yams with marshmellows, pumpkin pie and corn bread. Fi was Zev's little "sous" chef and we had a great time cooking in the kitchen preparing our meal. Our neighbors were so lovely- Heinz and Magda who live to the left of us have been married 52 years and Magda remembers meeting American soldiers who stayed in Esslingen during part of World War II. Jorg and Ingebrot (you may remember from earlier blog posts that they are also our landlords and that Zev called Jorg "Mr. Table" in German when we first moved in) have also lived in Esslingen all their lives. Magda used to babysit Jorg in the house he lives in, when he was a boy. It really was such an amazing experience to hear the stories of life in Germany back in the 40s, 50s and so on, and getting to know our neighbors a little better. They brought us these delicious typical German Christmas cookies and a wonderful bunch of flowers, arranged typical German style. And, they even went back for seconds! We practiced our German with them and they practiced their English (with the help of a German/ English dictionary here and there). What a wonderful treat to get to know people from around the world....

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