A bit late now since it’s Boxing Day, but Merry Christmas / Frohe Weihnachten from Essen, Germany!
I hope everyone had a wonderful day filled with Christmas cheer, awesome celebrations and lots of love.
This festive season, more than most, I am so thankful for the love and support of family, friends and colleagues all over the world, without whom I wouldn’t be who I am, and where I am, today. To be happy, healthy and loved are the most fundamental human needs and it’s often so easy to forget that these are such priceless gifts that no money can buy! #BLESSUP
At a time where everything is so exciting and merry, it can also be easy to forget about those less fortunate. Spare a thought or prayer for the people who don’t have a roof over their heads, a meal to share amongst the company of loved ones, or the comfort of a stable future. Being in a German city with refugee camps right now, I’m reminded of the plight of all these people whose lives are being torn apart by war. I can only hope that they’ll one day find compassion and acceptance wherever they end up. My parents were amongst the wave of Vietnamese refugees in the 70’s; fast forward 40 years and there are now tonnes of Vietnamese-Aussies contributing great things to their society because they were given an opportunity to flourish. Like seriously, where would we be without pho!? So, give and you shall receive – hopefully we can all remember this 🙂
Anyway, I was lucky enough to spend this Christmas with my uncle’s family and friends in Germany. It’s been averaging around 10 degrees Celsius, so all hopes of a white Christmas were gone ages ago. But it was still a wonderfully green European Christmas and I’ve had heaps of fun! I’m feeling a bit sluggish right now so I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the story-telling of my German Christmas.
Next stop, Zurich!