I didn’t see yesterday’s spectacular lightshow that lit up the evening sky over much of Germany as well as Belgium and France. However, the streak of light was neither Santa on his sleigh nor the Star of Bethlehem (it appeared just as many churchgoers were leaving the evening services) but the result of a failed Soyuz rocket launch. According to all report, it looked spectacular, though. Here’s a video.
For Christmas Day, my uncle came over for lunch. We had pork curry with rice and pickles for lunch. The same dish was served aboard the ships of the Norddeutscher Lloyd – my Mom got the recipe from one of their cooks years ago. It’s not the most authentic curry out there – I suspect the ship’s cook adapted it to whatever ingredients were available in mid-century Germany – but it’s still my absolute favourite dish. And since it’s quite a bit of work to make, I don’t have it all that often.
And now, as promised some photos behind the cut:
Like most years, the tree is from my parents’ garden. My Dad cut it down on the afternoon of December 23. This is a very good tree, well-shaped with plenty of branches for hanging ornaments. Compare it with last year’s skinny tree.
Yes, our tree has real candles in addition to electric lights. This year I even managed to procure real beeswax candles. They only burn for a fairly short time, though.
The ornaments are a wild mix of what my parents and I have collected over the years. Some of the earliest ornaments date from the mid 1960s and are very fragile.