Christmas with Kaitlyn!
A week before Christmas, Kaitlyn and Ozzy went to see the Alps in Austria. They thought about hitting the slopes, but with only 2 inches of snow, they decided to just visit the top of the mountain.
For Christmas, the two went to spend some time with some of Ozzy’s family members in Munich. Unlike the American Tradition of Santa Claus coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve night, in Munich (at least the people Kaitlyn was with) celebrate it a little differently.
Kaitlyn explained, “The people we were with celebrated the angel, Christkindl. Christkindl arrives Christmas Eve night. Right before the angel arrives, the children are ushered out of the room. When he is done delivering the presents, a bell is rung and the children are allowed to re-enter the room and find their presents. The concept of Santa is completely replaced with Christkindl.”
Kaitlyn also went on to note that Germans seemed to put a little more emphasis on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. For the Christmas Eve dinner they went all out with soup and a roast. Whereas on Christmas Day, they enjoyed a traditional pizza.
To celebrate New Year’s, Kaitlyn and Ozzy went to Barcelona! For those of you who haven’t had the privilege to travel to Barcelona, Kaitlyn explained that parts of it are a lot like Mexico, with shops on every corner.
For the actual New Year’s ceremony the couple hung out with a few friends and 70,000 others to ring in the New Year. Kaitlyn explained, “There is a tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes before the stroke of Midnight for 12 months of good luck in the new year. A few years back Ozzy convinced me that I needed to eat all 12 grapes in 12 seconds otherwise I wouldn’t have good luck in the new year. Let’s just say that isn’t quite how it works. So this year I took my time eating the grapes.”
While in Barcelona, Kaitlyn and Ozzy also checked out La Sagrada Familia. The La Sagrada Familia is a cathedral that has been under construction since 1882. Although the original architect, Antoni Gaudi predicted it would take 200 years to complete, it may take even longer than that!