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Gingle bell gingle bell gingle all the way!

I can not wait for Christmas! I know your reading and thinking what about Halloween and Thanksgiving. Those are also my other 2 favorite holidays but here in Germany the celebration is different. They do not have Halloween here. Don’t get me wrong the American tradition of Halloween is slowly being adapted here but no one go house to house to get candy. Just costume wearing and little party. The German Halloween is call Fasching. It is a period marked with great joy and occasion. Fasching as a term derived from the word Fastnacht, meaning “eve of the beginning of the fast.” Linguists speculate that “Fasching” also developed out of the Middle High German “vaschanc” or “vastschang” (Fastschank), which means the last drink served before the Lenten fast. Typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations.

Thanksgiving is an American holdiay. It started when the pilgrims wanted to thank the Indians for all their help. However, Christian Germans too celebrate a day of Thanksgiving to God for a plentiful harvest. On the first Sunday of October visitors to German churches will find a plethora of fruits, vegetables, sheaves of grain, and also baked goods, as decorations around the altars. Visitors to market places and fairgrounds will oftentimes find Erntedankfest (literally: harvest gratitude festival) dances, displays, booths, a special Erntefeuer (harvest fire), and other festivities to celebrate this occasion. Thanksgiving is just a Christian event usually on a Sunday but not a dedicated party or celebration event. Sometimes peoples have some special decoration for church service and/or kids having a special performance. No turkeys around. I can't wait....!

For Christmas they go out all the way. Christmas is so much fun here. The celebration begins 11-24 to 12-23. Almost one month of celebrating Christmas! They have a Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt also know as Christkindlmarkt). It pull in tons of residents and visitors from different cities and all over the world. All of Germany have this market in pretty much each cities. The bigger the cities ofcourse the bigger the markets and festival. Here in Esslingen they have two: Traditional Christmas market and the Medieval Christmas market. They sells crafts, have games, drink Gluhwein (hot wine that taste so yummy and keep you warm on a nice cold night walking through the market). Plenty of eating and performance on stage. Does not cost a thing to get in or watch. It is totally free. Just have to pay for drink, beverage, and crafts. I will talk more about that when time comes. Want to also share with you that they have Christmas market in different part of America that is also nice. Not as big as here but atleast you can get a taste of feel of a typical German Christmas market, taste some Gluhwein and traditional German food! The vendors from what I learn when I attended a few in the USA that they are really Germans who travel to America once a year to share their customs and I think also in Canada. I think this is so cool. Let me give you the link encase you would like to see if it happen in the downtown of your city: http://www.germanfoods.org/consumer/events/christmasmarkets.cfm
This link is for people who live in Canada. I notice the market there is only for a few days! http://www.christkindl.ca/

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Last weekend my husband and I went over a few quotes. As usual we were bumping heads. We are just too much alike and too stubborn at times. We both know what will work; however, I know a little bit more about the products then he does. He knows about the profits, taxes, import, export, and etc. I know about fashion, beauty, and what is going on in the world. We both yell it out then laugh it out. We contacted a few suppliers in which we are interested. It was just team work. All this took more than 4 hours. I really enjoyed this. Normally I would do all the work by myself and via email him the information and he would via email me the info back. Yes, strange since we live together, but this is the best way of not bumping head so much. That is why this weekend was nice since we actually sat down together in our home office and look over my spread sheets and etc. Later we took a break from business and went downtown Stuttgart to enjoy the beautiful weather, shopping, eating, and strolling along with a tasty ice cream cone like big kids.

When we came back home we was looking at pictures that we took earlier. I have a new Nikon 90 camera and it is really cool. It is like a miniature professional camera like John has. He has the professional Canon D90, I think that I am afraid to touch. I am highly clumsy and I hate to hear is mouth if I accidentally break his expensive toy, lol. So he bought me mines almost two month ago. Well when we were reviewing the photos. My husband in a way complimented me. He said that I look more and more beautiful as I get older. I was not for sure how to take that, so I just laughed and said thank you I think, lol.

Yesterday I went for a walk to handle some business. I was out the house for over 2 hours. I am always proud when I do things on my own here. In America I am very independent and here I am handicap since my Deutsch is kindergartenish. On my way walking I took some pictures of wine yards, building structures, and monument. I am a very strange person. I find the beauty in things that many people over look. I love old factories, statues, sculpting, and structures of homes and buildings. I think they are pleasantly beautiful. I walked and walked that I end up In Mettinger, a neighboring city. When I seen that I walked too far, I told myself I better head back home. On the way home I stop at a little corner store and a little old lady just walk in front of me and a guy in line and set her things on the belt. The guy look at me like can you believe this. I just look at him and smile. I am sure the little old lady knew what she done but of course used her age to get by, lol. I grabbed a liverwurst sandwich for the walk home from the baker. Now this is not normal of me. I am not a believer of eating and walking on the street if it is not an ice cream cone. Living here in Germany this is normal and I am slowly getting accustom to some of the norms here that I would call abnormal!

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This is a post I wrote in my notebook when I did not have internet connection a month ago:

What is your body perception? Do you see yourself as you really are? I do not. I am learning more and more about myself as I get older. When I was younger I always saw myself as fat, never normal. When I was in college and was exercising like a maniac losing ton of weight, I still saw myself as fat. Everyone saw me as unhealthy. One day my mother had to sit down and talk to me about my appearance and beg me to start eating more and working out a little less. I love my mother so much that I did what she asked. Fell in love and gain tremendous amount of weight. 8 years later I am on the verge of trying to lose over 100lbs.

I recently lost 78lbs but still on the heavy side. I order some clothes that were supposedly my size. The reason why I say supposed to be my size is because it is the current size that I wear now. So I am like trying on clothes and notice they do not fit right, at least the tops. They are too big on me. They look kind of sloppy. I am like wow, did I lost more weight? I ran to check the scale, nope just 2lbs.  2lbs does not make that much of a big difference? Each top I tried on I am like wow, I always see myself as huge but in my clothing it tells me different. I am very please but at the same time confused of why do I think and see myself one way but the clothes show me different? My body perception is all off…I hope one day I can really see myself as others see me.

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Today I was looking through the net and I saw many beautiful bags but not for what I wanted. This summer we plan to go to many places and I would like to bring along my tripod with me. My husband and I tend to take pictures of each other, but we only have a few pictures standing next to each other….for the 8+ years we been together.

When I go inside people houses or even on their web pages they have ton of pictures of them and their partners and some of them been together only for a short time. I love to see pictures like that and would like the same for us.
Oversize Handbag
So today I was looking for a big bag, but it had to be fashionable and cheap because I honestly do not care to carry around purses or bag. I love for my hands to be free and I surely could not go to a nice respectable place with a back pack on my back, lol. I saw many beautiful bag but nothing really for what I needed it for and nothing that says, “LoraVictoria”. I was thinking wouldn’t it be cool if I could come up with my own design that say “me” and someone else make it for me for a fair price. That would be ideal but expensive I am sure. But if I could get the bag made it would be a basic black leather to go with everything. The leather nice and smooth, a few punk rock studs at the lower sides and a few little spikes at the base at the bag so that the bag never really touch the ground because the spike will. The straps should be four. 2 for carrying in my hands and if my hands are tired and I wanted to carry something else..then I can hook the other two longer straps onto the bag and carry on my shoulder. Great look for if I am going out of town or for a long walk. The inside would have red cloth instead of black so that it can look illuminating. Plus many compartment inside for hide away, organization, and etc. This would be my ideal bag.

What would be yours?

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