Christmas is special for us because we eat things that we only eat once a year, including my dad's famous cigars, and we indulge in typical French delicacies, such as foie gras and oysters.
Of course, there is also an orgy of presents, which we open throughout the meal, when everyone starts shouting "Un cadeau, un cadeau, un cadeau!". I love Christmas at home, because I feel like a child again, all excited about the gifts to come, the company to be had and the great food to be eaten. I love Christmas at home because my sister LOVES Christmas so much, and it is so nice to see her so happy and excited. I love Christmas at home because I love being with my family and sharing that time of year with them.
But this year, for the second time in 4 years, I will not be home for Christmas. I decided early on that I would stay here for Christmas, and in the heat of August, my decision did not seem like a hard one to make. But now that the C-day is approaching, that the streets are decorated, that the spirit of sharing and family is in the air, I feel a bit (read: a lot!) sad that I will not be home for Christmas.
However, I will certainly not be alone here during this time. I have decided that this is the perfect time for me to share with you a most happy news- your Pearl has found herself an oyster!!! This most unexpected, but greatly awaited, meeting took place only two weeks after my arrival here in Berlin- talk about something that was meant to happen! The lucky oyster's name is Ronny, and we have now been together for almost 4 (wonderful) months. He has made me the happiest girl in the world, and all my wishes have come true with his arrival in my life.
Christmas this year will thus be spent with my perfect oyster and his lovely family- something I am very much looking forward to.
Santa doesn't need to worry about finding the perfect gift for me this year- I already have all that I want and need!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year! May 2008 bring you health, love, friendship, success, happiness, discoveries and perhaps also a trip to Germany!
Thank you all for the lovely comments that have waited for me on this blog. It means a lot to me to know that so many of you read me and are following me throughout this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I love and miss all of you very much!