Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our American Traditions

"Our" German, Kai, will be studying for a semester at a University in Virginia. He was an exchange student who spent a month living with us during our son Andy's senior year of high school. Andy then spent a month at Kai's "gymnasium" (what they call high school) in Golbach, Germany. The next summer he returned for a visit and a road trip west with Andy. We stayed with his parents when we were in Bavaria a few years ago and keep in touch with them. Andy also did a three week road trip in eastern Europe with Kai. During the month-long semester break this coming winter, Kai is doing an internship in New York. I was pleased to hear he will spend the Christmas holidays with us. Of course I need to start planning. I want him to experience American Christmas culture so we will put up a Christmas tree, bake pfeffernause cookies and stollen and sing "Away In the Manger". Oh... I guess we borrowed those traditions from the Germans. Do you think he knows about Santa Claus? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stollen

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