7 Fishes and a Silvester

During the Christmas break from school, most Expat families go home, go skiing, or someplace warm. But, this year is different for us in that we are staying in Germany for the holidays. 6 of my friends have also decided to stay here so our parties are planned for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Our friend Maria is hosting the crew Christmas Eve with a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, something I’ve never heard of but is traditional in her home. Maria comes from the part of America where the fictional Sopranos lived. Just ask her to say “coffee” and “tournament” and you will adore her. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_Seven_Fishes

I volunteered to host New Year’s Eve and am wondering if we should just roll up the carpets and paint Delta Tau Chi on the outside. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077975/ There will be 18 adults (including some grandparents) and 12 children and lots of fireworks. New Year’s Eve, known as “Silvester” in Germany, is a huge celebration here. http://www.thelocal.de/society/20101231-16425.html It is the only day of the year where fireworks are allowed, technically only from midnight to 1:00am. But, when we were here two years ago, the fireworks continued until past 2:00am. Our friend Charlene’s house provided a great view of the enormous glow stretching across Frankfurt.

Another memorable moment from that New Year’s included the craziest Jack Russell Terrior I’ve ever seen. He lives across the street from Charlene and around the corner from us. We started shooting off fireworks in the street around 9 pm, thinking the children would all fall asleep before midnight. Naturally, they all stayed up the whole night. Anyway, out comes an angry lady and her Jack Russell. She pointed out we were breaking the rules by shooting off fireworks before midnight. We did our best to politely ignore her but she and her dog wouldn’t hear of it. The dog started attacking the fireworks as soon as they were lit. Then, when he chomped down and ran away with one of those loud, glowing, spinning ones, the lady shrieked but somehow the Jack Russell survived the explosion intact. And now he has moved on to bigger things. Last Spring, he killed a baby deer in another neighbors garden. I love dogs but this one just might have an M80 with his name on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-80_(explosive)

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