Does anyone else hear sleigh bells? After the day we've had, I can really feel Christmas in the air.
This morning, I woke up and had breakfast with my host family. Julian, Lana's older brother, came in from college with a friend last night, so the gang was truly all together! It was nice to finally meet Julian, and I know my host parents were happy to have everyone under one roof just for a short time.
After breakfast, Lana and I had to go to the Anne Frank Gymnasium for an open house event. Students and parents came to the school to speak with teachers, learn more about the school's programs, and see what their children have been accomplishing. Morgan, Jennifer, and I were there to represent the many initiatives shared by Germany and Kentucky.
Once the presentation at the school was finished, I went with Lana and Jennifer to the train station. We decided to visit Dortmund for the day to do some shopping, to visit the Christmas markets, and to see the world's tallest Christmas tree assembly! It was hours of fun, and the souvenir mugs of hot cider kept the bitter winds from chilling us too quickly.
We had a wonderful time visiting the city of Dortmund and the incredible Christmas market today, but we are also happy to be back home with warm socks and soft blankets.
This week, we will be teaching our 3rd and 4th grade students about the Bluegrass State and American Christmas celebrations. Once we've shared a variety of related stories and songs with them, we will share more photos with you.
Thank you for checking in! Cheers to you to yours!
Johni (Mrs. L)