It’s time for the annual Christmas post, complete with photos, again.
Of course, the annus horiblis 2016 couldn’t even let up over the holidays and so actress Carrie Fisher suffered a massive heart attack and ended up in intensive care aged 60, while singer George Michael died of heart failured aged only 53. I am a big fan of both of them. And indeed it’s telling that among 2016’s many death of famous and notable people, there were hardly any arseholes, jerks and people the world won’t particularly miss. With the possible exception of Fidel Castro (and my personal views don’t match the standard US view in his case) and one or two retired politicians, most of the notable dead of 2016 were popular and beloved.
Meanwhile, here in Bremen, Christmas was warm, wet and windy. I spent the holidays with my parents. My uncle came over for lunch on Christmas Day, but otherwise we were on our own. And since I forgot my camera, all pics that follow are smartphone photos.
The Christmas Tree
As always, I decorated the Christmas tree. This year’s tree, from my parents’ garden, had grown unevenly and also had a spot with hardly any branches in the middle, so decorating it was a challenge. Still, all things considered, I think I didn’t do too badly. Let’s take a look:
I noticed the resemblance of some of the ornaments to Hobbit characters in 2012, when the first part of The Hobbit trilogy hit the theatres and set about assembling the whole adventuring party just for fun. You can see a photo of Gandalf, Bilbo and all the dwarves here.
Other Holiday Decorations
So let’s take a look at the presents. Like every year, I asked for books and got them. I’m also getting a new PC just after the holidays, though it’s not a Christmas gift, just a regularly scheduled upgrade.
Coincidentally, K-S20 is the only character from Rogue One I’ve been able to find in action figure form. All other Rogue One action figures are standard Stormtroopers and Darth Vader, because obviously there aren’t enough Stormtrooper and Darth Vader action figures already. Of course, part of the reaon of the scarcity of Rogue One action figures not Darth Vader or Stormtroopers might be that (spoiler whiteout) everybody dies, but that has never stopped Hasbro regarding the other films.
The holidays are also a big time for cooking and eating, so let’s take a look at what we had for lunch and dinner over Christmas:
For Boxing Day lunch finally, we had pork curry made according to the recipe served aboard the vessels of the defunct DDG Hansa shipping company. It’s fairly complicated to make, especially considering the basic curry is accompanied by an assortment of pickled, so we only have it for festive occasions like Christmas or my birthday.
I blogged about this curry (which is not exactly authentic Indian curry, but more an interpretation of Indian curries by German sailors) in greater detail and with photos here. This time around, the add-ons and pickles were a bit different. It turned we had no banana left, since my Dad ate the last one, so we used chopped apple instead. Plus, we had Atjar Tjampoer, a Dutch interpretation of an Indonesian pickle, since I bought a jar of it during my recent trip to Winschoten.