Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving! Here's wishing you all a wonderful day with family and friends!

As if to help us expats celebrate in style, Mainz thoughtfully opened the Christmas market a few days early this year and it snowed! The early opening had more to do with a televised Christmas opera (which necessitated a festive backdrop) than Thanksgiving, but nothing reminds you to go xmas shopping like snow!! And it is very pretty snow, too--very white and clean.

The snow and Gluehwein have pretty much inaugurated the Christmas season, so if you haven't started making your list, you had better get on it! And even better than circulating it among friends and family, you can send your Briefumschlag directly to St. Nick! You have a couple of options for this, depending on your particular beliefs concerning Santa's residence.

the North Pole: If you prefer an old-fashioned, hand-written note, here's the address for you: Santa, North Pole. On the other hand, if you have less time to spend crafting such a missal, you can also email him at any number of websites, including EmailSanta.com

Himmelpfort: or, "Heaven's Gate." Most German children address their letters to St. Nicholas at Weihnachtsmann, Weihnachtspostfiliale, 16798 Himmelpfort. In fact, St. Nicholas is in cahoots with Deutsche Post these days, so you can even find a personal note from him on their website:

Santa's Letter

And the best part about mailing a letter to Himmelpfort is that you are guaranteed a reply back. Santa, world traveler that he is, will respond in Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, Japanese, Dutch and Hungarian.


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