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Polaroid of the week: Christmas baking frenzy in Germany

Polaroid of the week: Christmas baking frenzy in Germany

Last Updated on December 6, 2022

polaroid germany christmas bakingI finally did it – I took a vacation! Well, kind of. I didn’t stop working entirely, but I cut down my work time considerably over the Christmas holidays, trying to minimize my time spent in front of my computer screen and maximizing my time spent with family and friends instead. I feel like I’ve been fairly successful at working less, and even though I can’t shake off the feeling of guilt for taking some time off, the past few days have given me a heart full of love and joy.

Before I returned to Germany for the Holidays, I thought it might be a waste of time and money to fly back to Europe from Asia before flying back to Asia again next month, but coming home for Christmas was the right thing to do. After the struggles I’ve experienced this past year, there was no better place to spend Christmas f0r me than surrounded by the people I love the most.

I hadn’t spent Christmas in Germany for seven years, and never felt like I was missing out on anything – until last year. With my nephew born only ten days before last Christmas, and my nieces and nephew and siblings celebrating with my grandma without me, I had felt more homesick than ever before and decided that I’d spend Christmas with my family this year, no matter where in the world I’d be at this time of year.

As soon as I arrived in Germany, I found myself surrounded by Christmas music, Christmas decorations and the smell of Christmas – which in Germany means the smell of sugar-roasted almonds and the spices of mulled wine. Over the years, I had simply forgotten how much I enjoyed visiting the Christmas markets, nibbling on German Christmas treats (lebkuchen!) and drinking hot eggnog. And all the baking! I took over my sister’s kitchen and managed to bake 15 baking sheets full of different Christmas cookies, trying to make up for the past years  when I didn’t have the chance to make any cookies whatsoever.

As much as I love being in warm, tropical places in the winter months – I will make the effort to spend Christmas with my family more often in the future. The sparkles in my nieces’ eyes when they saw Santa come through the door and while unwrapping their gifts filled me with so much joy, and the laughter and banter between me and my siblings made me happy.

I’ve also used the time at home to reflect on the past twelve months and will share some of my thoughts in my monthly round-up on Wednesday.

I wish all of you a happy 2015!


Wednesday 31st of December 2014

Dani! Merry Christmas! I'm glad you had a wonderful time with family and friends at home. I can't even begin to imagine how beautiful Germany is during the Christmas season. I have yet to visit German Christmas Markets, but that is surely making its way to the top of the list now. All the best for 2015 and happy travels! Cheers!


Sunday 4th of January 2015

Pauline, Happy New Year to you! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season. You'll have to visit Germany in December one day, the Christmas markets are so worth it. Will give you a list of my favorite ones as soon as you make travel plans for a Christmas-y Germany trip :)


Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Sounds like an amazing festive season to spend with family.


Sunday 4th of January 2015

It definitely is :) Happy New Year, De'Jav!

Katie @ The World on my Necklace

Sunday 28th of December 2014

So glad you have had such a nice Christmas at home with family. I spent my first Christmas with my fiancé's family in South Africa :)


Sunday 4th of January 2015

South Africa! That must've been so interesting, Katie :) I hope you enjoyed the Holiday Season and NYE!