Sonntag, 30. November 2014

Germany - Canada | Christmas Time

Hallo Leute,
today I thought I would write about the differences between Germany and Canada (where I spent my exchange year) during Christmas time.
If you want to see more christmasty posts have a look here. It's called X-Mas Bloggerproject and everyone just writes a post about anything he/she wants and post a link to it in the comments!

Christmas Markets

While in Germany every little town has there own Christmas Market by now you might think that this is popular around the world as well. Personally, in my German home town the Christmas Market is somewhat famous. Every week busses of elderly people arrive who can't wait to get into the town centre to see the little huts. And I have to say: I enjoy Christmas Markets a lot. Sometimes it is a bit cold but I love the atmosphere there and looking at all the different things (even though I don't buy most of them) and just having a blast with friends there. 
In Canada there aren't many Christmas Markets, however, another exchange student lived in Kitchener which is probably the most German city in Canada. Before World War I it was actually called Berlin. We went there and there was the Christkindl Market, a German christmas market. Honestly, I really needed some German tradition during that time and it was amazing because so many spoke Germand and they had sausage and Glühwein and there even was an Indian guy from South America selling music and sweaters. So normally Christmas Markets aren't Canadian but Canadians really enjoy going there!

Food

Traditionally food is a big part in any celebration in any country of the world so why should that be different at Christmas? My experience is that in Germany we bake more cookies though, this year we are making 7 different ones (I think). Vanillekipferl, Schwarz-Weiß-Gebäck and Spritzgebäck are my favourite ones but I don't have a pictures of them. On Christmas Eve we normally have fondue and go out for dinner the other two days with family. 
In Canada we also had lots of cookies. I really got addicted to shortbread cookies (which is mostly common in England though) they just taste so amazing and basically melt on you tongue. We also had nuts and bolts which is crackers, pretzel sticks, cheerios an nuts put together and they put something in it aswell but I really didn't like it. On Christmas Eve and Boxing day we had turkey and lots and lots of other food

School

Every school year I am afraid of December and so happy when it has passed because it is the time we write so many tests. Right now I have seven test left until Christmas break (+ some inofficial tests like vocabulary tests) so I have to study  a lot and can't enjoy Christmas time as much I would like to. On the last day of school we have a little market. Every class who wants to can sell stuff or do other things. Very popular are lotteries, games, food (such as waffels), competitions, etc. Especially the younger kids enjoy that a lot and besides earning money for your class most of them donate part of it to a good cause. This year our class is actually playing Secret Santa but I haven't done that since primary school.
My Canadian school only had four hallways and each hallway had to be decorated by the classes who are in that hallway and the prettiest hallway won a prize. On the last of school we had a Winter Carnival were we played games and such which was lots of fun. I couldn't imagine that happening in a German school.

Christmas

In Germany we get to open our presents on the 24th of December. Therefore that day was always really special for me. I wake up smiling (that normally never happens) and I am excited each year. My mum and I normally go to church and afterwards we have dinner and open the presents. The next days we meet family and get more presents from them.
In Canada I wasn't even home in the morning because I was in a show the day before. When I was home we played games in the garage like darts and another game where you have to toss a ring into a hole in a wooden board. I was pretty good at it. After the family arrived I played again with some of the boys and later we had dinner. After they left my hostfamily, their daughter and the father of my hostmum were there and we decided to open our presents. However, in Canada it is normal to open the presents in the morning oth the 25th. We opend our stockings that day. Which is kind of the same as Nikolaus in Germany.

What I loved in Canada

I was an exchange student and I enjoyed seeing different cultures doing that time. I had my German culture and through my hostfamily I got to experience theirs as well. And I contact to some other exchange student. Because I was in Kitchener on the 6th another German girl and I told the hostfamily of a Swedish girl about Nikolaus because they were Dutch and had Sinterklaas so when we woke up the next morning our boots were filled as well. That was pretty cute! And because I slept at the German girls house on the 23rd I got to experience a Danish tradition were elves put little presents in the stockings each day which is like an advent calendar. 
I also really enjoyed the games I played on Christmas Eve. At that time everything feld perfect I couldn't have been happier.
Me and my hostsister in our Canada sweaters we got for Christmas
and the PJ-bottoms everyone was waring
I hope you enjoyed this different post. It is very long and I apologise for that.
Tschüss :)
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Sonntag, 23. November 2014

Button Pins

Hallo Leute,
last week I posted a blogpost on mixed-life where I pimped up my bulletin board. I use it currently for my necklaces. 
This week I thought I would make the pins a little bit prettier by adding buttons the front. I have so many buttons from when I bougt clothing and I figured it would idea to finally use them.  

What you need:
  • pins
  • buttons
  • and glue
Simply but a little of glue at the end of the pin and glue it to the button. Then let it dry for a while and you are done! Make sure that you didn't use too much glue so that it doesn't get through the hole of the button.








I love that it was so easy to make and it looks much prettier now. I will wait a bit until I put the jewellery on it so that I can be sure that it won't fall of.

Tschüss :)
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Samstag, 15. November 2014

A walk in the forest


Hallo Leute,
last weekend my mum and I were walking in the forest. I wanted to do that for a while now because the trees looked so beautiful and I had to take some pictures. Halfway through the walk I noticed that I took every picture in black and white so instead of walking back on the street we turned around and walked the same way.
I hope you enjoy the pictures
Tschüss :)










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Samstag, 8. November 2014

Throwback Tag


Hallo Leute,

I am quite busy right now but I really wanted to do a Tag for a while now and I found the Throwback Tag online.

1. What year were you born in?
        I was born in 1998.
2. Do you have any pictures of yourself from when you were younger? If you do, show them.
        Yes, I do have pictures. This one is probably from the month I was born in.

3. What TV shows did you grow up watching?
        Well I am German so obviously I loved watching the Sandman. Then there were Nils Holgersson, Biene Maya, Heidi, Disney's Big Break and many many more. I was watching a lot TV as a kid
4. What did you want to be when you grow up and do you still want to be that?
        I think I wanted to be a teacher. I guess that was so because I had a great teacher and so I guess that she was an inspiration for me (?) and as a child you also don't meet that many different people with different jobs. I don't really think I am going to be a teacher but I could still imagine being an elementary teacher.
5. Show a video of yourself when you were younger.
        I actually don't have a video of me when I was younger and I wouldn't be comfortable sharing it anyways.
6. What were your favorite toys to play with?
        I loved polly pocket. I think I even loved it more than barbie and I loved lego. I had a brother and most of my parents friends had only sons so I played lego a lot too. 
7. What's the most embarrassing thing that you can remember doing?
        There were probably a  lot of embarassing things happening when I was child but I remember one time when my family and I went to a museum and I lost my parents for bit. Then I thought I found my mum and went to hug her. Turned out it wasn't my mum¯\_(ツ)_/¯
8. Read something you wrote when you were in Kindergarten
9. Three songs you loved to listen to as a child.
        The Ketchup song was my all-time favourite. My dad got me into Yellow submarine and Another Brick in the Wall (I guess he wanted to make a fan of some specific bands)
10. What was one funny thing you dressed up as for Halloween when you were younger?
        I usually was a with or a vampire, sometimes a bat and once a ghost (that was literally made from a bedsheet)
11. Tell a funny story of something you remember happening when you were young.
        That one time we had swimming in school and after that I was supposed to check in the changing room to see if anyone had forgot anything. So when I tried to get back outside they had locked me in. Somehow I managed to get out through the showers and then I had to climb over the entrance thing. It was awkward but I think the teacher was more embarassed than myself.
12. Are there any special things you've kept from when you were a child?
         Yeah. I still have my Schultüte. It's a thing German children get on their first day of school and it is filled with candy and pencils, maybe some other little things. I also still lots of drawing from Kindergarten and elementary school.
13. What was something weird you used to do as a child?
        I don't know but there probably were some weird things. I guess that is normal.
14. What's the scariest thing you remember that happened to you when you were younger?
        I once was in a forest with a few other kids and at one point we didn't really know where we were and I was actually really scared. We  were probably walking around for half an hour before finding a street again.
15. How is the world now different from how it was like when you were a child?
        I am not that much older but sadly my favourite bakery closed. It was the tiniest bakery you can imagine and I always got a red lolly when I was there. She also knew everybody and it was just one of those old little town shops where you could buy something as a child and tell her that your mum is going to pay for it when she is coming the next time.

So that was the first tag I've ever done, I enjoyed it and I might do more of them in the future
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