Rushing towards Christmas?

Not just yet. This post is spurred by something I read in a friend’s blog today where she was grumbling that a local big supermarket already had Christmas trees and a few Christmas items up for sale. One summer in college I worked at a Hallmark store. I think most people know that every year they produce a certain number of Christmas ornaments, often continuing themes for years, and also producing ornaments based on popular movies and books. Some people are very enthusiastic about collecting them. I can’t remember ever buying one for myself, but we have several ones that have been gifted to us by family and friends over the years that we treasure.

Anywho… back to my original point. Almost as soon as I started working at the store, there was a buzz of excitement surrounding the ornaments. The new display was going up… in July! I was horrified, even at my young age. And I still don’t like it to this day that the commercialism of Christmas is pushed up so early by these big corporate stores overriding other holidays and stressing people out. OK, off my soapbox.

I am very happy to say that I’ve not seen an inkling of any Christmas decor anywhere in Switzerland yet. Halloween is only loosely celebrated here – probably brought by the number of expats living here. So there are a few displays of Halloween costumes and a bunch of fall decor type things for sale such as pumpkin-shaped crocks and wreaths made out of leaves. The excitement and wonder of the holiday season starts usually smack on December 1st, and continues on until Christmas Day. I’m looking forward to the amazing hand-crafted gifts that you can only find at the Christmas Markets. I want to get my steaming cup of Glühwein – hot mulled wine. And all the other delights that the markets have to offer. But I’m happy to wait for that until December, and enjoy what we have right now – a crisp cool fall.

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Change of seasons

We’ve had a few rainstorms knock most of the leaves off the trees. Yeah, fall is nearly over here in northern Switzerland. I don’t think I’ll find any more photos to go in my Fall in Switzerland album. Hard to believe that fall is moving into winter already. It is still 80 degrees back home. There are hints that we might even get a sprinkling of snow late next week.

I am not complaining, though. I love the cold weather. I’m naturally very hot-natured, and feel much better when there’s a chill in the air. Of course we’re keeping Eddie well-bundled when outdoors; he’s very frustrated by the concept of mittens.

Jucker Pumpkin Farm

On Sunday we went to the Jucker Farm where harvesting-type events are held year-round, but we went for the pumpkins, or kürbis. The farm is situated on a picturesque lake not to far from our town. We caught a ride from two our our new friends here, and met up with a second couple and their daughter at the farm. It was packed with families. The weather was very lovely, though a bit hazy, so I didn’t have an opportunity to take any pictures of the nearby mountains. Continue reading