People in Germany know how to celebrate the holidays. There’s always plenty to do, from strolling through a festive Christmasmarket, drinking a hot mug of Gluhwein, to enjoying an old time horse and carriage ride, like my hubby and I did. Every city and village has its own vintage holiday charm, such as the view I took in from our carriage ride:
However, Germany (and the surrounding countries such as Austria) has an unique way of getting their little ones to behave during the holidays. He is the Krampus, a beast like character who visits homes with Saint Nicholas during The Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th. This is also known as Krampusnacht. Children leave their shoes out and if they have been good, the next day the shoes will be filled with candy and small gifts. But if they have been misbehaving, Krampus fills the shoes with coal! Many areas (especially in Innsbruck, Austria) hold Krampus parades. People compete to be the scariest Krampus, and even chase others around! Scary!
At the Christmas party my hubby’s squadron held, there was no shortage of fierce fashion! I LOVE that people like to break out the finery! Check out Sissi in her gorgeous black dress with the feather detail on the top!
Her watch is amazing, too – check out the sparkling detail!
Another friend, Sandra, pulled out all the stops and wore this gorgeous full length sequined and chiffon gown. Check out the bodice!
I decided to pair my Forever 21 Plus peplum dress with faux leather detail with a boyfriend jacket from Charlotte Russe. I love the sweetheart neckline on this dress!
Of course, it isn’t just we ladies who like to dress up. The Hubby looks pretty dapper as well! Check out those shoes!
Although I love fashion, what I cherish the most during this time is having my husband home. He was deployed for 6 months this year, and I am thankful he is safe and doing great. My heart goes out to those military families who have a loved one deployed during the holidays. It’s not easy being apart as it is, and the holidays make that separation feel especially long and lonely. I encourage everyone to make the season a bit brighter for our military families, wounded warriors, and deployed service members.
Here is to a wonderful 2014! Cheers.